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JS Bach * Schelle: JS Bach: Cantatas-No 44

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach * Schelle: JS Bach: Cantatas-No 44

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JS Bach * Schelle

JS Bach Cantatas--No 44, Sie werden euch in den Bann tun; No 48, Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen; No 73, Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir; No 109, Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilt meinem Unglauben Schelle Komm, Jesu, komm Dorothee Mields sop Damien Guillon counterten Thomas Hobbs ten Peter Kooij Pass Collegium Vocale Gent / Phillipe Herreweghe PHI [F] LPH012 (69' * DDD * T/t)

These four cantatas all come from the first year of Bach's time in Leipzig, during which he had just started working hard on the 'well-regulated church music' project that would produce five complete annual cycles of church cantatas in as many years. Not surprisingly, the 1723-24 cycle is a diverse one, but the centrality of chorale melody is a constant here: No 73's opening chorus uses its chorale's first four notes as a motto, then intersperses choral renditions of its individual lines with bursts of recitative; No 44 has it halfway through as a simple tenor solo over the continuo's agile tread; and No 109 closes with a rolling chorale prelude-style setting for choir and orchestra. Most touchingly, No 48 overlays its opening chorus, wearily pondering the question 'who shall deliver me from this body of death? …

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