J S Bach - Advent Cantatas
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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord
Cat No: HMA1951605
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th December 2014
WorksCantata BWV36 'Schwingt freudig euch empor'
Cantata BWV61 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
Cantata BWV62 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
Collegium Vocale Gent
Surely one of the greatest gifts the Lutheran Church ever made to music was to have charged J S Bach with the duty of producing a cantata for every week of the year! He left us no fewer than three for the first Sunday in Advent alone, composed between 1714 (at Weimar) and 1724-31 (at Leipzig).
They are inspired in very different ways by Luther's original chorale: it is as if all of baroque Germany is contained between the sobriety of BWV 61 and the ambitious frescoes of BWV 36 and 62.
“Forty years after its foundation it’s all too easy to take the excellence and consistency of Collegium Vocale Ghent for granted: back in 1970 there wasn’t any such ensemble in mainland Europe. Philippe Herreweghe, a psychiatry student, founded CVG to put his ideas into practice…CVG became part of the first complete Bach cantata project for Telefunken, Herreweghe, at hospital in the day, conducting his choir in the evening sessions… Presentation is exemplary: top quality at mid price, and a birthday gift that really will keep on giving.” - Andrew McGregor, BBC Music Magazine, June 2010
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