Cantata - Yet Can I Hear / Mehta, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

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This album contains a selection of solo cantatas, both secular and sacred, from the Italian, German, and English traditions. Including works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach in settings large and small, with obbligato instruments ranging from oboe to chimes, the magnificent cantatas on this album create a portrait of this intimately transcendent repertoire. With ‘Cantata; yet can I hear…,’ the American countertenor Bejun Mehta releases his first album on Pentatone. Hailed as “arguably the best countertenor in the world today” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mehta here joins forces with the players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, one of the most renowned early music ensembles of today. Mehta writes: “This is by far the most personal recording I have ever made. Unlike Lieder, which as miniatures often work their magic in impressionistic ways, or opera, which unleashes human passions to their largest and most raw expression, solo cantatas lie in the middle and take the singer on a highly specific conversation with himself as he grapples with the subject at hand.”

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: PTC5186669

  • UPC: 827949066962

  • Label: Pentatone

  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Melchior Hoffmann

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin

  • Performer: Bejun Mehta