Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170

 
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 20 January 2017

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'Ich habe genug' is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work's distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.

"Davies's singular gifts of open-hearted expression, reined in to perfection and with no excess or indulgence, are expertly balanced by Arcangelo's prominent solo musicians. Early in the year, a favourite disc already." The Observer, 8th January 2017 *****

"The dominant virtue in this fine collaboration between the outstanding Davies and Arcangelo lies in an unsentimental perspicacity, reassuring in its intelligence and deep sensitivity." Gramophone Award WINNER 2017 - Baroque Vocal

"The main pleasure in this album is the partnership between the eloquent soloist and the tangy playing of Arcangelo, wonderfully led by Jonathan Cohen, who doubles as a fizzing organist...Davies's cool concentration heats up for a compelling Ich habe genug, finely weighted between religious ecstasy and resignation." The Times, 13th January 2017 ****

"Iestyn Davies [gives a] poised, sober performance…Arcangelo's strings have a beautifully firm sound, with plenty of bow and intelligent details from the lute, while oboist Katharina Spreckelsen plays elegantly" BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

"If his German is not entirely idiomatic, his words are invariably clear and he relishes the interplay with the Arcangelo ensemble's soloists...Best of all is the rapt singing of Schlummert ein (Go to sleep), in the well-known BWV82…Overall, a lovely disc." Sunday Times, 15th January 2017

Tracks:

Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust BWV170 [21'55]
1 Aria Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust [6'24]
2 Recitativo Die Welt, das Sündenhaus [1'13]
3 Aria Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen [7'57]
4 Recitativo Wer sollte sich demnach wohl hier zu leben wünschen [1'06]
5 Aria Mir ekelt mehr zu leben [5'15]

Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht! BWV52
6 Sinfonia [4'04]

Widerstehe doch der Sünde BWV54 [10'47]
7 Aria Widerstehe doch der Sünde [6'37]
8 Recitativo Die Art verruchter Sünden [1'09]
9 Aria Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel [3'01]

Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte BWV174
10 Sinfonia [5'51]

Ich habe genug BWV82 [22'14]
11 Aria Ich habe genug [7'01]
12 Recitativo Ich habe genug [1'08]
13 Aria Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen [9'50]
14 Recitativo Mein Gott! wenn kömmt das schöne: Nun! [0'44]
15 Aria Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod [3'31]

Bach-Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170-Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Arcangelo, J. Cohen