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How many of Bach's cantatas do you own?

I have them all and am very/reasonably familiar with them all.
4 (7.1%)
I have them all but am not yet familiar with them all / haven't heard them all.
16 (28.6%)
I don't own them all, but I have somewhere around 100 different cantatas.
6 (10.7%)
I have maybe around 50.
4 (7.1%)
I have a small handfull of cantatas.
14 (25%)
I don't own any of Bach's cantatas.
4 (7.1%)
I have all of them in multiple renditions
8 (14.3%)

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Re: Bach Cantatas (Poll)
« Reply #120 on: July 18, 2022, 12:53:33 AM »
I only have a few. But they never cease to amaze me. This is so beautiful...

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Re: Bach Cantatas (Poll)
« Reply #121 on: July 25, 2022, 07:30:17 AM »
I'm at disc #27 of the Rilling cycle. The opening basso aria of BWV 86 is really impressive!  0:) Rilling spends 3 minutes 12 seconds on it while Suzuki does it in just 2 minutes, 18 seconds.
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Re: Bach Cantatas (Poll)
« Reply #122 on: September 03, 2022, 05:42:31 AM »
I am in the secular cantatas of the Rilling set (CD 64 with BWV 206, 207a and 207). Rilling is perhaps too "epic" with these and makes these sound like operas or oratorios rather than cantatas. I need to figure out who does Bach's secular cantatas closest to my taste. Rilling is also weaker in my opinion with the early (pre 1723) church cantatas.

Suzuki on the other hand is good with the early Buxtehude/Bruhns-inspired church cantatas, but his serene style stops working well with the more modern Kuhnau-inspired Leipzig cantatas when more energy needs to be injected into the performance. I might even prefer Suzuki to Rilling with the secular cantatas, but I only have the first 2 volumes of Suzuki. I also think the few (5?) secular cantatas Naxos released in the 90's are to my liking, but I need to revisit those CDs.
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Re: Bach Cantatas (Poll)
« Reply #123 on: September 07, 2022, 06:22:05 AM »
I am in the secular cantatas of the Rilling set (CD 64 with BWV 206, 207a and 207). Rilling is perhaps too "epic" with these and makes these sound like operas or oratorios rather than cantatas. I need to figure out who does Bach's secular cantatas closest to my taste. Rilling is also weaker in my opinion with the early (pre 1723) church cantatas.

Suzuki on the other hand is good with the early Buxtehude/Bruhns-inspired church cantatas, but his serene style stops working well with the more modern Kuhnau-inspired Leipzig cantatas when more energy needs to be injected into the performance. I might even prefer Suzuki to Rilling with the secular cantatas, but I only have the first 2 volumes of Suzuki. I also think the few (5?) secular cantatas Naxos released in the 90's are to my liking, but I need to revisit those CDs.

I listened to CD 66 with the Wedding Cantata BWV 210 and Coffee Cantata BWV 211 of the Rilling box and liked then, so Rilling is not that bad at all Secular Cantatas. Looks like the "lesser" secular cantatas have operatic tendency and this non-Hip approach make that tendency rise up.
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