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JS Bach Cantatas (A)-No 82, Ich Habe Genug; No 84

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach Cantatas (A)-No 82, Ich Habe Genug; No 84

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JS Bach

Cantatas (a)--No 82, Ich habe genug; No 84, Ich bin vergnugt mit meinem Glucke; No 199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut. Fugue, 'Dorian', BWV538. Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079--Ricercar a 6 (a) Christine Schafer sop RIAS Chamber Choir; Berlin Baroque Soloists / Bernhard Forck vn Sony Classical [F] 88765 44478-2 (70' * DDD)

Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut draws on the parable of the Pharisee and the publican but ignores the smugness of the former in favour of the publican's appeal to God for mercy. Bach composed it in Weimar in 1714; what we have here is a later version for Leipzig, transposed up by a tone and the obbligato in the chorale taken by a violoncello piccolo. The present-day pitch favoured by the Berlin ensemble assists Christine Schafer in conveying much of the cantata--especially the two breast-beating accompanied recitatives--with a near-manic desperation. The 'mute sighs' of the first aria find eloquent expression in Jonathan Kelly's oboe; though Elizabeth Watts and Katharine Spreckelsen, slower and about a minor third lower, are even more moving. The mood lightens towards the end, the final aria being a gigue to which Schafer brings a bright-toned joy. …

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