J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas: Complete, Vol. 3

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir
Soloists:Barbara Schlick
Ruth Holton
Caroline Stam
Els Bongers, soprano
Elisabeth von Magnus, soprano alto
Andreas Scholl, alto
Paul Agnew, tenor
Klaus Mertens, bass
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:disk1:
Christen, aetzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
Ah! ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe, BWV162
Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV155

Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe, BWV 22
Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, BWV23
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV163,
O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV165

Widerstehe doch der Suende, BWV 54
Komm, du suesse Todesstunde, BWV161
Was mir behagt ist nur die muntre Jagel (Hunting Cantata), BWV208

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:0630 14336-2
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:disk 1:70'13"
disk2: 61'43"
disk3: 63'28"`
Related Web Site:http://www.tonkoopman.nl
Comments:Henk Meulendijks said:

Third volume of 20 disks of 3 disks each of all the cantata's (church and seculair). This set concludes the period before Leipzig. The next 2 sets are secular cantata's from Leipzig time and set 6 -20 will contain the church cantata's from Leipzig. What can I say about it? For me it is a exploration in music guided by somebody who has the right tempi for Bach's musik.

Mark-Jan Nederhof said:

Very good performances, but not perfect. One very irritating aspect is Paul Agnew's flawed idea of German phonology. The "s" is pronounced like "th" in "the" in British English, a sound which does not exist in German, in any dialect. The sounds he produces for "ch" and "sch" may perhaps exist in some dialects, but that does not make it any less ludicrous.

I have the impression that occasionally not enough time was taken for rehearsals. Especially in recitatives, Bach's music can have very capricious twists and turns and to be able to sing it fully convincingly, one must be very familiar with it. Several of the soloists at some point have an intonation that is not 100% correct, or are rhythmically a tiny bit off, which suggests to me they did not go the extra mile to get perfectly familiar with the score.

Minor points in an overall quite good production.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Henk Meulendijks
  • Mark-Jan Nederhof
Date First Submitted:10/21/1997