Bach: The Secular Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Excerpts of reviews from previously released volumes included in this set:
Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 10 - Cantatas of Contentment:
We celebrate here, as always, many of Suzuki’s finest qualities of expressive lucidity, unforced coherence, and the quiet nobility of one serving the music as the most natural of reflexes.
Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 8 - Celebratory Cantatas:
Schleicht, spielende Wellen (‘Flow, playful waves and murmur’) follows the dramma per musica template of allegory – this time with four competing rivers yearning for the primacy of the monarch’s affections. However ludicrous, Bach constructs a very significant work which Suzuki treats as an undertaking of serious critical engagement. After 22 years of intensive Bach recording, Suzuki and his forces just seem to get better.
Bach Secular Cantatas, Vol. 5 - Birthday Cantatas:
Lithe choral singing, balletic rhythms, and a detailed yet transparent sound. Joanne Lunn is agile and fleet as the goddess of War…Robin Blaze is lyrical as the goddess Pallas…Makoto Sakurada's lucid tenor is particularly effective in the rhetorical and declamatory recitatives, while bass Dominik Wörner paints the words to vivid effect.
– BBC Music Magazine
Release Date: November 01, 2019
Catalog Number: BIS-2491
Number of Discs: 10
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan