John Eliot Gardiner

Bach Cantatas, Vol. 6: Köthen/Frankfurt

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In this, the sixth volume of John Eliot Gardiner's Bach cantata pilgrimage, Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, and soloists present three cantatas for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (recorded live in the Jakobskirche in Köthen on September 10, 2000) and three cantatas for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity (recorded a week later in the Dreikönigskirche in Frankfurt). As previously in this distinguished series, Gardiner's approach is clearly devotional: no point goes unmade in these purposefully religious works. From the opening Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69a, with its festive opening movement to the closing Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 33, with its affecting final chorale harmonization, this disc is compelling and persuasive. In both locations, SDG's sound is startlingly clear yet amazingly atmospheric.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cantata No. 69a, "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele," BWV 69a (BC A123)
1 4:57 Amazon
2 0:49 Amazon
3 5:53 Amazon
4 1:23 Amazon
5 3:19 Amazon
6 1:07 Amazon
Cantata No. 35, "Geist und Seele wird verwirret," BWV 35 (BC A125)
7 5:15 Amazon
8 7:49 Amazon
9 1:19 Amazon
10 2:50 Amazon
11 3:24 Amazon
12 1:01 Amazon
13 2:56 Amazon
Cantata No. 137, "Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren," BWV 137 (BC A124)
14 2:57 Amazon
15 3:14 Amazon
16 3:07 Amazon
17 2:34 Amazon
18 0:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cantata No. 77, "Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben," BWV 77 (BC A126)
1 5:49
2 0:37
3 4:01
4 0:56
5 4:09
6 2:22
Cantata No. 164, "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet," BWV 164 (BC A128)
7 4:11
8 1:45
9 4:42
10 1:21
11 3:21
12 1:01
Cantata No. 33, "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ," BWV 33 (BC A127)
13 4:29
14 1:01
15 10:43
16 1:00
17 3:59
18 1:26
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