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Cantata BWV 194
Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest
Cantata BWV 194a
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Discussions - Part 3

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Discussions in the Week of March 27, 2011

Ed Myskowski wrote (March 27, 2011):
Introduction to BWV 194 -- Hochsterwunschtes Freudenfest

This weeks discussion continues the ongoing series of cantatas spanning from Easter to Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity. With BWV 194, we have the second of four works for Trinity Sunday,

Details of text, commentary, recordings, and previous discussion are accessible via: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV194.htm

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

The BWV 194 page also has convenient access to Gardiners notes to the pilgrimage CDs, by clicking on the PDF link under the picture of the CD cover. Volume 27, including this weeks BWV 194, is appropriate for all four weeks with the cantatas for Trinity Sunday. That will conclude the first half of the liturgical year. See the detailed post from Will Hoffman for discussion of this point, as well as for the chorales Bach selected (or omitted) for the Trinity Sunday works.

Ed Myskowski wrote (March 28, 2011):
Ed Myskowski wrote:
< The BWV 194 page also has convenient access to Gardiners notes to the pilgrimage CDs, by clicking on the PDF link under the picture of the CD cover. Volume 27, including this weeks BWV 194, is appropriate for all four weeks with the cantatas for Trinity Sunday. >
That is correct, but misleading with respect to BWV 194. Gardiner performed the six movement work of later Leipzig performances. For the earlier twelve movement 1723 festival version prepared for organ dedication at Sturmthal, you will need one of the other versions. Leusink is suitable, and his version also provides an opportunity to compare soprano Ruth Holton in two different performances. Her voice with Leusink has sometimes been characterized as *thin*, or worse. I would choose to call it gentle, or delicate, and find her very enjoyable in that context. For a somewhat richer tone, while still delicate, compare the Gardiner. I expect the difference is due as much to the recording venue and/or engineering, as to her individual performance characteristics.

 

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