J.S. Bach
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Secular Cantatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestra of the age of enlightenment
Soloists:Sorpranos:
MONIKA FRIMMER (BWV 208, BWV 215)
LYNNE DAWSON (BWV 208)
Tenor:
JOHN ELWES (BWV 208, BWV 215)
Bass:
DAVID WILSON-JOHNSON (BWV 208, BVW 215)
Instrumentation:Orchestra
Organ
Choir
Flute
Harpsichord
Horn
Oboe
Trumpet
Viola da Gamba
Violin
Voice
Timpani
Individual Works:Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachen, BWV 215
Was mir behagt, is nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:454 467
Year Released/Recorded:November 1996
Total Playing Time:68 Minutes
Comments:Rich Rosenwald said:

Lynne Dawson sung at Princess Diana's funeral.

The sorpranos are excellent. The Version of "Schafe konnen sicher weiden" (the famous "Sheep May Safely Graze") in BWV 208 is quite enjoyable. Tempo is a little fast, but in turn it makes it less boring. All of the choruses in both cantatas are catchy. The opening chorus of "Preise dein Glucke" is a parody of "Osanna" from the Mass in B minor. It starts with an orchestration before the choir as well as the end, unlike Osanna. The Cover art is unique, and different from the previous Bach Cantata discs that Leonhardt recorded. I'd definately recommend this one.

Unfortunately this disc is not availiable in the USA yet. The only Bach Cantata disc of Leonhardt on Philips available in the USA is Cantatas 201 and 173A (446716), and even that is a special import, so it might not be availiable anymore. You can, however, order all 5 of the Bach Cantata discs with Leonhardt on Philips by Calling 1-800-567-8468. HMV in Canada. Maybe PolyGram in the USA will be smart enough to release this, and soon the other 4. Not as special Imports, but domestcally, because special imports are hard to get, and run out of stock too quickly.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Rich Rosenwald
Date First Submitted:05/23/1999
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