John Eliot Gardiner

Bach Cantatas, Vol. 7: Ambronay/Bremen

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Even at their most celebratory, John Eliot Gardiner's performances of Bach's cantatas are essentially very personal. In this two-disc set of seven cantatas for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity and for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, Gardiner and his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir deliver performances that have an inward, almost intimate relationship to their subjects. This does not preclude grandness -- the bass aria with trumpets and tympani from Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, BWV 130, is truly glorious -- but the performers are so united in their concentrated attention that the music seems animated by a single spirit. In the quieter arias, the more dramatic recitatives, and the more intense chorales, the performers express their common faith in the music, the text and the exalted spirituality of their combination. Recorded in the Abbaye d'Ambronay on September 24 and Unser Lieben Frauen in Bremen on September 29, 2000, the sound is wonderfully warm and amazingly realistic in capturing the acoustic of the different churches. Listeners who have been following Gardiner's Bach cantata pilgrimage through its previous six volumes will surely enjoy volume seven. Listeners who know Bach's cantatas but don't know Gardiner's cantata recordings will surely enjoy this set. And listeners who know Bach but don't know his cantatas will surely enjoy getting to know them through this set.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cantata No. 25, "Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe," BWV 25 (BC A129)
1
6:38 Amazon
2
1:35 Amazon
3
4:12 Amazon
4
1:08 Amazon
5
2:57 Amazon
6
1:16
Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130)
7
6:30 Amazon
8
4:19 Amazon
9
2:08 Amazon
10
3:35 Amazon
11
2:08 Amazon
12
3:08 Amazon
13
1:13 Amazon
Cantata No. 17, "Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich," BWV 17 (BC A131)
14
4:25 Amazon
15
1:01 Amazon
16
3:06 Amazon
17
0:42 Amazon
18
3:20
19
1:11 Amazon
20
2:33 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cantata No. 50, "Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft" (incomplete), BWV 50 (BC A194)
1
3:17 Amazon
Cantata No. 130, "Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir," BWV 130 (BC A179)
2
2:58
3
0:50
4
4:24
5
1:19
6
4:38
7
1:27
Cantata No. 19, "Es erhub sich ein Streit," BWV 19 (BC A180)
8
3:50
9
0:51
10
4:37
11
0:51
12
8:02
13
0:35
14
1:41
Cantata No. 149, "Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg," BWV 149 (BC A181)
15
3:47
16
2:40
17
0:43
18
5:06
19
0:35
20
3:30
21
1:57
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