Bach Cantatas

Solomon, A. (2007) Bach Cantatas. [Audio]

Abstract

Cantatas and an Orchestral Suite by J. S. Bach performed by period instrument ensemble Florilegium with Johannette Zomer (soprano): Cantata BWV146 Wir mussen durch viel Trubsal; Cantata BWV82a Ich habe genug; Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor BWV1067; Cantata BWV199 Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut. In 1737, at the peak of his career, Bach received a devastating public critique of his work by his former pupil, Adolph Scheibe. According to Scheibe, a son of the Enlightenment, Bachs music was confused and turgid to the extent that this excess of art bordered on the unapproachable. It seems incredible today that any such criticisms could be levelled at the greatest composer of all. And yet, given the highly-crafted art music of the Second Suite dances, the tightly structured figural density of Sinfonia BWV146, or the extreme penitentiality of Cantatas BWV199 and 82a, it is interesting that Bach remains one of the most widely popular of all classical composers.

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