John Eliot Gardiner’s choral Pilgrimage exploring the magnificence and grandeur of all of Bach’s cantatas continues with this 2CD release, combining cantatas for the eighth and tenth Sunday after Trinity, recorded live in August 2000.
For the first set of Cantatas we join John Eliot in Rendsburg, Germany and begin with a performance of the glorious, vehement BWV 178 Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, premiered in Leipzig on 20th July 1724. Deriving from the Gospel reading (Matthew 7:15-23), the cantata warns against hypocrites and false prophets. With its opening powerful chorus described as ‚quite astonishing‘ by John Eliot, the mood is set for this chilling cantata fraught with anger and a grim mood of foreboding.
In contrast, hope and belief permeate the following two cantatas;
We are then taken to Braunschweig, Germany and open with Bach’s first Leipzig cantata for this Sunday, BWV 46 Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei. Here on the tenth Sunday after Trinity the Gospel (Luke 19:41-48) tells us how Jesus predicted the imminent destruction of Jerusalem. Bach, unsurprisingly, excels producing a richly thematic cantata depicting clearly the story’s vivid, unsettling patterns of destruction and restoration, of God’s anger and Christ’s mercy.
The antithesis between God’s anger and mercy resurfaces in Bach’s two later cantatas for this Sunday;
With their customary brilliance and expert musicianship, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists triumph, making this the ideal next instalment in what many have already come to regard as the first choice of recorded Bach Cantata series.
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SDG 147 Volume 5 (2 cds) contains:
Cantatas for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity
BWV 178 – Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält
BWV 136 – Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz
BWV 45 – Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist
(recorded: 13/08/2000 Christkirche, Rendsburg)
Soloists: Robin Tyson
Christoph Genz | Brindley Sherratt
Cantatas for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity
BWV 46 – Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei
BWV 101 – Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott
BWV 102 – Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben!
(recorded: 27/08/2000 Braunschweig Cathedral)
Soloists: Joanne Lunn | Daniel Taylor
Christoph Genz | Gotthold Schwarz
The Monteverdi Choir | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner
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