Long unavailable, these classic 1960s recordings of a trio of Bach cantatas have been restored to circulation, now at super-budget price.
Here’s what two Amazon.com ‘surfer’s had to say about these recordings:
‘I have every reason in the world to be grateful for having encountered this wonderful CD over ten years ago now when I was taking my first tentative steps into the vast ocean of classical music. First of all, this terrific triumvirate of cantatas revealed to me just what a feast of musical riches are to be found in this copious corpus of Bach’s output and secondly, they led me on to the glorious ‘sacred summits’ of the master’s settings of the St. Matthew and St. John Passions. For me at least, this is one of the granite cornerstones of my collection and a fondly remembered musical milestone in my ongoing journey through the repertoire.’
‘This is a MUST for anybody interested in Bach’s cantatas! Recorded in the 1960s, this set remains one of the best Bach discs ever. Rarely have these cantatas been performed more convincingly and more movingly without sacrificing the beauty of the music.’
In a recent survey of ‘Ich habe genug’, Gramophone magazine was high in its praise of this recording and lamented its unavailability. Well, here it is, restored to circulation.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Ich habe genug
Seher, wir geh’n gen Jerusalem
Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano
John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
‘Classic accounts of three cantatas … Both Dame Janet Baker and John Shirley-Quirk are in marvellous voice … Indeed, this collection of cantatas is among the finest in the catalogue and is well worth seeking out. The mid-1960s recordings are of Decca’s vintage quality.’
*** & a Rosette The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs (2005/6 Edition)
‘Excellent performances … A wonderful disc of Bach cantatas with a star cast’ MusicWeb