|Comments:||Cornelia RÚmi said:|
An absolute classic, especially as this is said to be Richter's favorite Bach cantata. Passionate and still sounding fresh, though of course not in the now modern and popular "historic" style. Wonderful soloists (Fischer-Dieskau!!!), just listen to the duets in BWV 140. Everlasting, unforgettable.
Brooks Hansen said:
I would echo the enthusiasm of the previous recommender. This is a sumptuous, somewhat slow and majestic take on an extraordinary work. I would offer only one caveat. For the famous third strophe, "zion hort die Wachter singen," the decision has been made to let a solo tenor sing against the collective strings. I think this is a mistake. To me it seems important that the two melodies at play here, and playing against each other at certain points, be presented on an equal footing. Never even having heard the alternative approach, of letting the tenors sing in chorus, I sensed an imbalance in the recording presented here. But this should not keep anyone from purchasing the recording. The performance of the opening chorus is a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.