Started by KevinP, September 23, 2022, 03:48:23 PM
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Quote from: ritter on August 14, 2020, 06:03:05 AMMy favourite Bach aria is this marvel:https://www.youtube.com/v/4XeuHyWpTLE"Tief gebückt und voller Reue" from Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut BWV 199. And I haven't chosen Dawn Upshaw' s recording by chance; it is a close to perfect as I can imagine... And in No. 2 position, "Zerfliesse, mein Herze" from the St. John Passion, BWV 245. I'm particularly fond of Evelyn Lear in this (my first exposure to the aria decades ago).https://www.youtube.com/v/R8bP0bub9IM
Quote from: Florestan on October 05, 2022, 08:59:44 AMBtw, I direly need one --- and only one --- complete set of Bach's cantatas. Given that I like my Baroque music to be Romanticized a bit, and I don't care too much whether it be HIp or non-HIP, which one should I get? TIA for your tips.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 07, 2022, 04:02:34 AMIch habe genug Always moves me.
Quote from: Florestan on October 07, 2022, 07:50:37 AMThank you, guys and girls, will investigate Rilling and Richter then.That was one of my choices too. I loved it the very first time I heard it, with Peter Kooy, Philippe Herreweghe and La Chappelle Royale --- it's actually the only version I have.Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Protestant sacred music in general and JS Bach in particular: I generally find them heavy-handed, dark and turbulent. The Catholics are generally lighter, more cheerful and more serene, I prefer them by a wide margin --- but I told myself that dipping my toes in Bach's cantatas can do me no harm. As for Romanticizing, my favorite Bach solo keyboard performances are Maria Tipo's on piano. I have a love/hate relationship with the harpsichord, usually more hate than love.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 07, 2022, 04:02:34 AMIch habe genug Always moves me. I would have said Richter too--so many great singers and interpretations there. Don't know Rilling's set.
Quote from: Florestan on October 07, 2022, 07:50:37 AMHonestly, I'm not a big fan of Protestant sacred music in general and JS Bach in particular: I generally find them heavy-handed, dark and turbulent.
Quote from: Jo498 on October 08, 2022, 01:05:40 AMRichter's is incomplete, about half? of the cantatas. I don't know all of them but Rilling was recorded over more than a decade and back then was considered a bit more "modern" than Richter although the perspective certainly changed thoroughly since then because of the dominance of historical performance practice. AFAIK Rilling's remains the only complete set on modern instruments. The singers certainly are a plus. Another incomplete (I think around 30 cantatas) is with Rotzsch (and maybe others) and Leipzig ensembles from the 70s and 80s. They have also often stellar soloists, but an all male choir (Thomanerchor or maybe also the Dresden Kreuzchor in some) and are "inconsistent" with some historical mannerisms but modern instruments.The famous bass/baritone cantatas like "Ich habe genug" or "Kreuzstab" have of course been recorded by many famous singers but I also think the Kooy/Herreweghe holds up very well (IIRC it has Marc Ponseele playing oboe which does not hurt).
Quote from: KevinP on October 08, 2022, 03:17:14 PMRichter's recordings of the sacred cantatas fill 26 discs. I don't recall how many cantatas that actually is, but Rilling's complete set is 71 discs (includes secular), Gardner's is 56, and Harnoncourt/Leonhardt is 60 (excludes secular).That's less that I had remembered actually, and it includes a few repetitions--not many, but a few. But anyway, the question regarded a one-stop purchase of the complete set, so Richter's out.
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