Cantatas 37

Catherine Bott, Concerto Caledonia - The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)

The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)
Catherine Bott, soprano; Concerto Caledonia

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67007 | Time: 01:08:39

This is the first recording of any of Clerk's cantatas which are among the finest contributions to baroque music from these islands from a man of great cultural significance and with a crucial place in the history of Scottish culture. Clerk studied in Rome under Corelli and Pasquini and was also a lawyer, judge, amateur architect, artist, poet and landscape gardener.
Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)
Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Arcangelo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68111 | Time: 01:04:51

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - January 2017. 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.
Lynne Dawson, The Purcell Quartet - Alessandro Scarlatti: Two Cantatas & 'La Folia' (1987) Reissue 2007

Alessandro Scarlatti - Two Cantatas & 'La Folia' (1987) Reissue 2007
Lynne Dawson, soprano; The Purcell Quartet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55233 | Time: 00:51:44

Alessandro Scarlatti wrote over 600 cantatas, two of which are on this 1987 disc performed by soprano Lynne Dawson and the Purcell Quartet: Correa nel seno amato and Già lusingato appieno. He wrote considerably less keyboard music – and next to nothing compared with the gargantuan achievement of his son Domenico – one of which is on this disc performed by Robert Woolley, the harpsichordist of the Purcell Quartet: the Variations on La Folia. With the chamber cantatas flanking the keyboard variations, this disc is a wonderful program of the elder Scarlatti's art. Though there are some who might argue English soprano Dawson is perhaps too reserved for this repertoire, none would argue that she doesn't have a clear voice and a supple technique. And while there are others who might argue the Purcell Quartet is perhaps too stringent for the repertoire, none would argue they don't play together with consummate ease and they don't accompany Dawson with brilliant mastery. But there are few who would disparage Woolley's blindingly virtuosic and blazingly demonic La Folia Variations.
Carolyn Sampson, Freiburger Barockorchester & Petra Müllejans - Bach: Cantatas for Soprano (2017) [24/96]

Carolyn Sampson, Freiburger Barockorchester & Petra Müllejans - Bach: Cantatas for Soprano (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:52 minutes | 1.12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For biographer Philipp Spitta, Bach's period as organist and later Konzertmeister to the Duke of Weimar (1708-17) was the time of his ‘early mastery’. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small but highly distinguished body of cantatas he wrote there, whether for the court chapel – the Himmelsburg or ‘Castle of Heaven’ – or for some clearly very joyful wedding (BWV202). From the ravishing duets for soprano and oboe of the latter to the penitential strains of BWV199, the radiant voice of Carolyn Sampson and the virtuosos of the Freiburger Barockorchester do full justice to Bach's inventiveness.
Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2017)

Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1
Classical, Baroque, Cantata, Sacred | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:10 min | 330 MB
Label: Signum Records | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

Soprano Gillian Keith joins the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Armonico Consort under Christopher Monks for the first release in a three disc series featuring the solo cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach s cantatas hold a special place amongst performers and devotees of his music. Whether sacred or secular, these works provide incredible variety for listeners and players alike.
Ensemble Alia Mens & Olivier Spilmont - J. S. Bach: Weimar Cantatas (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ensemble Alia Mens & Olivier Spilmont - J. S. Bach: Weimar Cantatas (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 54:51 minutes | 1.00 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The group of Weimar cantatas is exciting on many levels. The purpose Bach expressed in his Mühlhausen resignation letter – which became a master beam of the musical edice he built throughout his life – is expressed with an even more seminal vigour, due to the restrictions it suffered previously. Besides the beauty of the surviving works, which renders the loss of the missing ones all the more bitter, it is moving to see the musician engage, with each new piece, in experiments with form, ideas, and the language for expressing the word of God through the most sensitive possible texts. The choice of developing themes dear to him enabled him to afirm and deepen his faith.
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ich elender Mensch & Leipzig Cantatas (2014) [Official Digital Download]

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ich elender Mensch & Leipzig Cantatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:15 minutes | 1.17 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For the second time on the Phi label, Philippe Herreweghe presents four Bach cantatas written during the first year the composer spent in Leipzig. In relation to the repertoire composed in Weimar, the instrumentarium is enlarged to adapt to the size of the churches of Saint Thomas and Saint Nicholas. But, above all, the instrumental virtuosity is much greater, as are the vocal demands confronting the choirs and solo singers, trained at the time by Bach himself.
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ach Susser Trost! Leipzig Cantatas (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ach Susser Trost! Leipzig Cantatas (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 67:10 minutes | 1.03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The four cantatas selected by Philippe Herreweghe for this recording date from the first year of Bach s activity in Leipzig. Written at a tight pace between late July and early September 1723, they underscore the composer s obvious effort to establish original musical proposals. He continually showed musicians and listeners that he was not serving them routine cantor s music, but was writing sacred music as a true Kapellmeister. In this first volume of Bach cantatas for the PHI label, the Collegium Vocale Gent interprets some of the cantatas for the first time.
Stéphanie Varnerin, L'Astrée & Giorgio Tabacco - Carlo Francesco Cesarini: Cantatas (2017)

Stéphanie Varnerin, L'Astrée & Giorgio Tabacco - Carlo Francesco Cesarini: Cantatas
Classical, Baroque, Cantata | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:57 min | 356 MB
Label: Aparté | Tracks: 38 | Rls.date: 2017

This album marks the rediscovery of one of the most important composers of the Italian Baroque: Carlo Francesco Cesarini (1666-1741?), a virtuoso violinist also known as Carlo del Violino. The six previously unreleased cantatas on this recording were composed in the early 18th century and regularly performed between 1700 and 1717. They are all taken from Manuscript 2248 of the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, a rich anthological collection assembled for Cardinal Pamphili, a major figure in Roman cultural life.

Carolyn Sampson - J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Soprano (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at April 21, 2017
Carolyn Sampson - J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Soprano (2017)

Carolyn Sampson - J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Soprano
Classical, Baroque Era, Cantata | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 62:52 min | 292 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

For biographer Philipp Spitta, Bach's period as organist and later Konzertmeister to the Duke of Weimar (1708-17) was the time of his ‘early mastery’. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small but highly distinguished body of cantatas he wrote there, whether for the court chapel – the Himmelsburg or ‘Castle of Heaven’ – or for some clearly very joyful wedding (BWV202). From the ravishing duets for soprano and oboe of the latter to the penitential strains of BWV199, the radiant voice of Carolyn Sampson and the virtuosos of the Freiburger Barockorchester do full justice to Bach's inventiveness.