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Naxos include here four of Bach's most celebrated and accessible cantatas. The performances are far removed in character from the complete Harnoncourt and Leonhardt edition on Teldec; women rather... —
Bach, J S: Cantata BWV51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'
Ingrid Kertesi (soprano) Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra Matyas Antal Recorded: 1992 Recording Venue: Festetitch Castle, Budapest
Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
Recitative: Wir beten zu dem Tempel an
Aria: Hochster, mache deine Gute
Chorale: Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
Bach, J S: Cantata BWV208 'Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!'
Ingrid Kertesi (soprano), Jozsef Mukk (tenor), Judit Nemeth (alto), Istvan Gati (bass), Julia Paszthy (soprano) Hungarian Radio Chorus, Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra Matyas Antal Recorded: 1992 Recording Venue: Festetitch Castle, Budapest
Recitative: Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! (Soprano)
Aria: Jagen ist die Lust der Gotter (Soprano)
Recitative: Wie? Schonste Gottin! Wie? (Tenor)
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Aria: Willst du dich nicht mehr ergotzen (Tenor)
Recitative: Ich liebe dich zwar noch! (Soprano, Tenor)
Recitative: Ich, der ich sonst ein Gott in diesen Feldern bin (Bass)
Aria: Ein Furst ist seines Landes Pan! (Bass)
Recitative: Soll denn der Pales Opfer hier das letzte sein? (Soprano)
Aria: Schafe konnen sicher weiden (Soprano)
Recitative: So stimmt mit ein (Soprano)
Lebe, Sonne dieser Erden (Chorus)
Duet: Entzucket uns beide (Soprano, Tenor)
Aria: Weil die wollenreichen Herden (Soprano)
Aria: Ihr Felder und Auen, lasst grunend euch schauen (Bass)
Ihr lieblichste Blicke! ihr freudige Stunden (Chorus)
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Naxos include here four of Bach's most celebrated and accessible cantatas. The performances are far removed in character from the complete Harnoncourt and Leonhardt edition on Teldec; women rather than boys sing all the soprano and alto solos, the Hungarian Radio Chorus is a mixed male and female ensemble and the Failoni Chamber Orchestra of Budapest plays modern rather than period instruments.
However, for much of the time this is enjoyable spirited music-making which, in its choice of tempos, its understanding of recitative and its feeling for the lyricism of Bach's writing compares favourably with rival modern instrument versions. The disappointment lies partly in the choice of edition and solution to instrumentation.
Sheep may safely graze (No 208) is without the treble recorders which Bach specifically asked for and which intensify the pastoral idyll.
Here, furthermore the flutes are rather distantly balanced giving them a somewhat irrelevant role which is far from Bach's intention.
More serious is the decision to follow the inflated version of the first and fifth movements of Ein feste Burg (No 80) penned by Bach's eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann shortly after his father's death. Here Friedemann added three trumpets and a kettledrum to the original texture of oboes and strings, and though some may prefer the more overt sense of occasion and the emphasis of the church militant, that this achieves, the scoring of the original is unquestionably effective and in keeping with the piece as a whole. Much else here is sensitively and unsentimentally performed.
'Jesu, joy of man's desiring' (from No 147) is perhaps a shade on the slow side.
Most affecting of all though, is the canonic alto/tenor duet from No 80 whose tender writing for oboe da caccia and violin has long been for some one of the purplest of all passages in the entire Bach cantata canon. The soprano Ingrid Kertesi negotiates the many difficulties of Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! fluently and with a youthful zeal and few will be disappointed by her spirited artistry. These are two mainly very enjoyable discs which can be confidently recommended.
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Two mainly very enjoyable discs which can be confidently recommended.