Bach - Solo Cantatas BWV 35, 169 & 170 | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG502016

Bach - Solo Cantatas BWV 35, 169 & 170

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG502016

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 17th June 2016

Contents

Artists

Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano)
Freiburger Barockorchester
Petra Mullejans (concertmaster)
Vocalconsort Berlin

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV35 'Geist und Seele wird verwirret'
Cantata BWV169 'Gott soll allein mein Herze haben'
Cantata BWV170 'Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'

Artists

Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano)
Freiburger Barockorchester
Petra Mullejans (concertmaster)
Vocalconsort Berlin

About

All three of these solo cantatas for alto voice date from 1726… Fink’s velvet-timbred mezzo evokes to perfection the consoling sentiment of Bach’s alto arias. Vergnügte Ruh has long been a favourite of star mezzos and countertenors, but Fink sings with an artless humility, with eloquent yet never overemphatic German, which is not only balm to the ear, but deeply moving. The other two cantatas may be less well known, but they each contain sublime arias, with elaborate instrumental embroidery superbly supplied by the Freiburg soloists. Unmissable. - Hugh Canning, Classical CD of the Week, The Sunday Times *****

I can think of no one I would rather hear sing them than Fink, the Austro-Argentine mezzo, who invests the music with chaste dignity, accompanied by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. - Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 31 January/1 February 2009

“immaculately sung and moving Bach… I doubt if anyone sings this music as satisfyingly as Fink does today. This beautifully recorded and presented disc deserves to fly out of the shops long before next Christmas’s lists.” - Hugh Canning, IRR Outstanding, International Record Review, February 2009

“Bernarda Fink’s taste for unusual and understated repertoire extends to Bach. Sung with scrupulous attention to the text, the three cantatas on this disc – including Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (BWV 169), which may be more familiar as the E major Harpsichord Concerto – feature organ obbligato solos of unusual complexity. Organist Wolfgang Zerer’s subtle articulation is complemented by some lovely oboe playing.” - Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday, 5 April 2009

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