JS BACH Cantatas 56 & 82

J.s. Bach: Cantatas Bwv 56 & 82
Le Concert Lorrain, Stephan Schultx (conductor), Christoph Prégardien (baritone)
Release Date: 24th Nov 2023
Catalogue No: KTC1704

Two favourite Bach cantatas for bass voice sung by Christoph Prégardien, one of the most respected lyric tenors of his generation, and performed with an exquisitely sensitive Baroque orchestra, Le Concert Lorrain. Intrigued? You should be. It’s a programme based around works likely written for Johann Christoph Lipsius, who studied law in Leipzig during the 1730s, and in his notes Michael Maul suggests that this singer’s talent particularly inspired Bach. Certainly these two cantatas, linked by their themes of death, hope and comfort, have earned a rightfully prominent place in our modern concert life, as Lindsay Kemp recently wrote (Collection, A/23). The album opens with the extended Sinfonia to Cantata No 42, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, which has a joyful, congratulatory feel and, in this performance, a particularly fabulous bassoon trill. There is a riot of sprightly playing here: a great Bachian balance of exuberance and sublimity.


For the full text of this review please click: Gramophone, February 2024


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