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Cantata BWV 114
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost
Discussions -Part 3

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Discussions in the Week of April 15, 2012 (3rd round)

Ed Myskowski wrote (April 15, 2012):
Introduction to BWV 114 -- Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost

Weekly reminder:

This week we continute Trinity season cantatas with BWV 114, the second of three works for the 17th Sunday after Trinity. Details of text, commentary, recordings, and previous discussion for this week are accessible via: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV114.htm

The link to commentary by Julian [Mincham], music examples included, is especially recommended as an introduction to listening.

The BWV 114 page has convenient access to notes from the Gardiner, Koopman (notes by Christoph Wolff), Suzuki, and Leusink (and more!) CD issues, via link beneath the cover photo.

The chorale text and melody are accessible via links at the BWV 114 page. Francis Browne has recently added new commentary on the cantata texts to his interlinear translations, linked via [English 3]. We can expect these to continue, not necessarily weekly. Douglas Cowling and William Hoffman are also posting relevant to chorales and other music for the Lutheran Church Year, accessible via LCY pages.

I do not always take the time to check all links before posting. Special thanks to the folks who provide timely corrections.

Charles Francis wrote (April 15, 2012):
One of the attractions of the Internet in general, and of the Bach Cantatas' discussion list in particular, is encouraging one to seek out and engage with the unfamiliar. While researching for this week's discussion I came across a recording from 1955 with the Ukrainian opera singer Ivan Kozlovsky - it would appear that the Russian ambassador to the electoral court of Saxony, Count Kaiserling, and Joseph Stalin shared a common disposition toward music at night, since apparently "Stalin used to invite Kozlovsky to come over whenever he wanted to listen to the sound of his voice, even in the middle of the night."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kozlovsky

Kozlovsky's rendition of the BWV 114 tenor aria, sung in Russian, is available here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9iC_Jx82Mw

I do admire such performances, where each and every note is presented with the care of a jeweller laying out his diamonds.

Aryeh Oron wrote (April 15, 2012):
[To Charles Francis] Please notice that this recording is presented on the BCW:
http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV114-2.htm
and the bio of Ivan Kozlovsky:
http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Kozlovsky-Ivan.htm

Warner Prestidge wrote (April 17, 2012):
BWV 148
[To Ed Myskowski] There does not appear to have been much discussion about BWV 148 this time. I just want to say how heartily I agree with what Santu de Silva wrote in 2005 (Nov 24)! The opening chorus of this cantata is Bach in top form: absolutely sublime - it could go on forever, as far as I'm concerned! - and the alto aria isn't too bad either! I know the work best in Gonnenwein's version and it has been a favourite for over 40 years.

Ed Myskowski wrote (April 19, 2012):
Warren Prestidge wrote:
< There does not appear to have been much discussion about BWV 148 this time. [...] I know the >work best in Gonnenwein's version and it has been a favourite for over 40 years. >
It is always good to hear a kind word for these classic recorded performances, typically highly ranked in BCW commentary. A pity they are not more easily available, but the occasional mention on these pages cannot hurt. I still rely on LPs, but I believe there are some private issue CD versions avaiolable as well. Presuming that CDs are not quite yet obsolete.

 

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Cantata BWV 114: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
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