Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 16'

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 16'

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JS Bach

'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 16' Cantatas--No 34, O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe; No 129--Gelobet sei der Herr; No 173--Erhohtes Fleisch und Blut; No 184, Erwunschtes Freudenlicht

Gerlinde Samann sop Petra Noskaiova coritr Christoph Genz ten Jan Van der Crabben bass La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken

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More one-per-part cantatas from Kuijken's Petite Bande

In his selective series of cantatas (one for each Sunday and High Feast), Sigiswald Kuijken visits the lively world of Pentecost in three of the four works here. Often, in the previous 15 volumes, the intimate single-voiced La Petite Bande has conjured some extraordinarily perceptive and internalised visions of the more reflective, usually doleful musical texts.

The same is certainly true in the pastoral, mini-'scena' alto aria of O ewiges Feuer--usually more memorable for the sparks of the framing trumpet-led chorus--and the chamber exchanges from the short vivace of No 173 to the segueing duets, whose courtly elegance reminds one of how brilliantly Bach transformed secular models, often to even more devastating liturgical effect. …

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