|George Murnu said;|
Old-fashioned recordings form one of the pioneers of Bach and Baroque in general renaissance in the fifties and the sixties. Yet the recording is of more than just historical interest. Redel offers a straightforward approach to the music. His singers are very good: Jurinac in sweet voice, Rehfuss a noble and powerful bass - his singing of "Quia fecit mihi magna" is my favorite of all recordings that I have heard - and Zareska with Altmeyer blending wonderfully in the duets. What finally recommends the disc is that contains perhaps the only recording of the Cantata BWV 142 ever made. It is a spurious work whose composer is now believed to be Johann Kuhnau, Bach's predecessor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. However it is delightful work - written for the first day of Christmas - well worth listening to and I am glad it was attributed to Bach since otherwise I would have never been acquitted with the work; indeed, how many of Kuhnau cantatas have ever been recorded? This recording was originally made by Philips and was long deleted.
Electrecord is the Romanian label, which has licensed the present disc from Philips. To the best of my knowledge the recording has never been re-issued on CD neither by Philips or Electrecord; however the LP may or may not still be available in Romania. The sound on Electrecord is not the same quality as Philips, but enthusiastic Bach completists will want the recording of the cantata BWV 142 anyway.