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Release Date: Friday 1 October 1999
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Masaaki Suzuki and his now famous Bach Collegium Japan continue
(Classic CD, March 2000)
"What an amazingly fine series this is turning out to be; it fact at this rate it will soon cease to be amazing, and become wholly predictable. The conductor Suzuki manages to use all the insights of the period-instrument and authentic schools of Bach interpretation without turning them into fetishes, so that there is spontaneous love and freedom in the music-making which puts it in a class even beyond Herreweghe, who is also often magnificent."
* * * * * five stars - Classic CD (Jan 2000)
"In short, a first-rate issue all round."
Masaaki Suzuki and his now famous Bach Collegium Japan continue their survey of JS Bach's church cantatas with four relatively unfamiliar works. The quality of the music and of the performances will doubtless win these cantatas a wider following.
Cantata No.136, "Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz" BWV136;
Cantata No.138, "Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz", BWV138;
Cantata No.95, "Christus, der ist mein Leben", BWV95;
Cantata No.46, "Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei", BWV46.