Tuesday, 25 March 2008

83. Johann Sebastian Bach - Great Cantatas (1723-29)


Title: Weinen, Klagen...
Performer: Collegium Vocale Gent
Director: Philippe Herreweghe
Year: 2003
Length: 1 hour


Again Bach shows his flair for deeply emotional music, in a way that would be further developed in his two great Passions. The stand-out here is clearly to Weinen, Klagen... a beautiful cantata with a very long and affecting chorus.

That said, this isn't as striking a collection of Bach's works as some of the recent ones we have had here, it is much more loosely connected than the Magnificat, because it is actually composed of three works and with the two Passions coming up we know that he did it in much more spectacular scale.

In a sense these are important works as little miniatures of the Passions, and are very beautiful in themselves. A recommended recording for Bach lovers.

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From Wikipedia:

The term "cantata" was not used widely by Bach; it seems to have chiefly been applied to his secular cantatas. Bach's manuscript scores typically have only the liturgical date as a heading; if the piece does have a designation, "concerto" seems to be the most common. The term "cantata" to refer to these pieces came into wider use after the publication of the Bach Gesselschaft edition of his works.

The Symphony and Chorus or Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen:

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