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J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 41: BWV 56, 82, 84, 158

Peter Kooij, Bach Collegium Japan Chorus, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

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Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56  
1
Aria: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen (Bass)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
6:42
2
Recitative: Mein Wandel auf der Welt (Bass)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:43
3
Aria: Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch (Bass)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
6:33
4
Recitative and Aria: Ich stehe fertig und bereit (Bass)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:30
5
Chorale: Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:19
Cantata, BWV 82  
6
Aria: Ich habe genug (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
6:35
7
Recitative: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:05
8
Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
9:28
9
Recitative: Mein Gott! Wenn kommt das schone (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
0:46
10
Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
3:16
Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158  
11
Recitative: Der Freide sei mit dir (Bass)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Hana Blažíková; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:38
12
Aria with Chorale: Welt, ade, ich bin dein mude (Bass, Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Hana Blažíková; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
5:44
13
Recitative and Arioso: Nun Herr, regiere meinen Sinn (Bass)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Hana Blažíková; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:19
14
Chorale: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Kooij; Hana Blažíková; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
0:59
Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84  
15
Aria: Ich bin vergnugt mit meinem Glucke (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
6:15
16
Recitative: Gott ist mir ja nichts schuldig (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:27
17
Aria: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
4:15
18
Recitative: Im Schweisse meines Angesichts (Soprano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
1:00
19
Chorale: Ich leb indes in dir vergnuget (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Carolyn Sampson; Bach Collegium Japan Chorus; Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki
0:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:30
As on two other recent instalments (Vols 37 & 38) in his Cantata cycle, Masaaki Suzuki here concentrates on the so-called solo cantatas, incidentally providing an opportunity for two of the highly acclaimed soloists of this series, Carolyn Sampson and Peter Kooij, to shine even more brightly. Of the two cantatas for soprano, Ich habe genung (BWV82) is among the best-known of all of Bach’s cantatas, and was evidently held in high regard from an early stage. It was originally set for bass (and appears as such on Volume 38), and source materials show that Bach performed it at least four times.

Bach’s wife Anna Magdalena must also have been especially fond of it: a partial arrangement for soprano and harpsichord was included in her second Klavierbüchlein. Ich bin vergnügt (BWV84) is a slighter work in which the oboe plays an important soloistic part. Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, the weightier of the bass cantatas, is a meditiation on the cross of Jesus, but also on the suffering and need that mankind must bear. The texts, by an unknown librettist, inspired Bach to produce music of sublime earnestness, great expressive depth and full of rich, immediate imagery. Whereas these three cantatas were all composed during the winter of 1726-27, Der Friede sei mit dir has a less certain place in the chronology. It is in fact probable that it was assembled from movements from various sources, perhaps by an arranger rather than by Bach himself.

The centrepiece of the cantata is the large-scale bass aria with its demanding violin solo; here a chorale strophe sung by a soprano is interfoliated line by line. This movement also features the first appearance in the Bach Collegium Japan Cantata cycle of the young Czech soprano Hana Blažíková.
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