J.S. Bach: Six Cantatas
Neville Marriner
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4829722
Barcode
00028948297221
Format
2-CD
About

The complete Philips and L’Oiseau-Lyre recordings of Bach cantatas made by Sir Neville Marriner, reissued together for the first time.

Bach’s cantatas vary enormously in scale and style, ranging from festal works featuring elaborate choral movements and large instrumental ensembles including trumpets and drums, to more meditative cantatas for a single voice and only a handful of instruments. The six examples gathered in this new Eloquence reissue tend towards the latter, more intimate vein of expression but they also encompass stylistic poles defined by varying purposes as either a sacred exposition of Scriptural principles or a rollicking secular entertainment.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was not yet five years old when, in April 1964, it was joined by John Shirley-Quirk in St. Paul’s, Knightsbridge, to record the two most renowned cantatas for solo bass voice. Both ‘Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen’ and ‘Ich habe genug’ rank among the composer’s most profound contemplations of mortality and singers of every voice-type have wished to put their personal stamp on them. Reviews at the time praised Shirley-Quirk’s assured legato as well as his affecting identification with Bach’s acutely sensitive response to text.

A little under two years later, the Academy and Shirley-Quirk made a sequel album, featuring another pair of much-loved English singers, Robert Tear and Dame Janet Baker. In ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ Baker sings hauntingly of the soul’s longing for death but to Shirley-Quirk is allotted the prize of ‘Es ist vollbracht’ in ‘Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem’, one of the most expressive arias Bach ever wrote.

Dating from the early digital era, a pair of fun, sometimes satirical secular cantatas features the husband-and-wife team of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Julia Varady, well placed to make the most of Bach’s underrated sense of humour and as ever accompanied by playing of natural and unaffected style from the Academy and Marriner.

TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
CD 1
Cantata ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ beliebte Seelenlust’, BWV 170
Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano

Cantata ‘Ich habe genug’, BWV 82
John Shirley-Quirk, bass

Cantata ‘Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem’, BWV 159
Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano
Robert Tear, tenor
John Shirley-Quirk, bass
St. Anthony Singers

CD 2
Cantata ‘Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen’, BWV 56
John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
St. Anthony Singers

Cantata ‘Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht’ (Coffee Cantata), BWV 211
Julia Varady, soprano
Aldo Baldin, tenor
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bass

Cantata ‘Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet’ (Peasant Cantata), BWV 212
Julia Varady, soprano
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bass

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner


THE COLLECTED NEVILLE MARRINER RECORDINGS OF BACH CANTATAS FOR DECCA & PHILIPS

Track previews
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 18. Arie: Gib, Schöne, viel Söhne
"Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" Cantata, BWV 159: 5. "Jesu, deine Passion"
Cantata "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen", BWV 56: 4. Recitativo: "Ich stehe fertig und bereit"
Cantata "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen", BWV 56: 5. Choral: "Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder"
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 1. Rezitativ: Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 2. Arie: Hat man nicht mit seinem Kindern
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 3. Rezitativ: Du böses Kind, du loses Mädchen
"Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" Cantata, BWV 159: 1. "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem"
"Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" Cantata, BWV 159: 2. "Ich folge dir nach"
"Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" Cantata, BWV 159: 3. "Nun will ich mich"
"Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" Cantata, BWV 159: 4. "Es ist vollbracht"
Cantata "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen", BWV 56: 1. Aria: "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen"
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 9. Rezitativ: Nun geht und sucht der alte Schlendrian
Cantata "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen", BWV 56: 2. Recitativo: "Mein Wandel auf der Welt"
"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" Cantata, BWV 170: 4. "Wer sollte sich demnach wohl hier"
"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" Cantata, BWV 170: 5. "Mir ekelt mehr zu leben"
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 1. Aria: Ich habe genug, ich habe den Heiland
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 2. Recitativo: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 3. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 4. Recitativo: Mein Gott! wann kommt das schöne Nun!
Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82: 5. Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod
"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" Cantata, BWV 170: 1. "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust"
"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" Cantata, BWV 170: 2. "Die Welt, das Sündenhaus"
Cantata "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen", BWV 56: 3. Aria: "Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch"
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 8. Arie: Heute noch, lieber Vater, tut es doch
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 19. Rezitativ: Du hast wohl recht
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 10. Arie: Das ist galant, es spricht niemand
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 20. Arie: Dein Wachstum sei feste
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 12. Arie: Fünfzig Taler bares Geld
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 13. Rezitativ: Im Ernst ein Wort
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 14. Arie: Klein-Zshocher müsse so zart und süße
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 15. Rezitativ: Das ist zu klug vor dich
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 16. Arie: Es nehme zehntausend Dukaten
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 17. Rezitativ: Das klingt zu liederlich
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 7. Rezitativ: Es bleibt dabei, daß unser Herr der beste sei
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 8. Arie: Unser trefflicher, lieber Kammerherr
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 9. Rezitativ: Er hilft uns allen, alt und jung
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 11. Rezitativ: Und unsre gnädige Frau
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 7. Rezitativ: Nun folge, was dein Vater spricht
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 10. Chor (Terzett): Die Katze Läßt das Mausen nicht
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 1. Ouverture
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 2. Arie (Duetto): Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 3. Rezitativ: Nu, Mieke, gib dein Guschel immer her
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 4. Arie: Ach es schmeckt doch gar zu gut
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 5. Rezitativ: Der Herr ist gut: Allein der Schösser
Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet Cantata, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": 6. Arie: Ach, Herr Schösser, geht nicht gar zu schlimm
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 4. Arie: Ei! wie smeckt der Coffee süße
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 5. Rezitativ: Wenn du mir nicht den Coffee läßt
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": 6. Arie: Mädchen, die von harten Sinnen
"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" Cantata, BWV 170: 3. "Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen"
Recording information

Recording Producers: Erik Smith (BWV 159, 170, 211, 212); James Burnett (BWV 56, 82)
Recording Engineers: Hans Lauterslager (BWV 211, 212); Allen Stagg (BWV 56, 82); unidentified (BWV 82, 159, 170)
Recording Locations: St. Paul’s, Knightsbridge, London, UK, 28–29 April 1964 (BWV 56, 82); Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, 29 & 31 January 1966 (BWV 159, 170); Henry Wood Hall, London, UK, 18–20 November 1981 (BWV 211, 212)
Original LP Releases: L’Oiseau-Lyre OL (SOL) 280 (BWV 56, 82); L’Oiseau-Lyre OL (SOL) 295 (BWV 159, 170); Philips 6514 213 (BWV 211, 212)

Reviews

PENGUIN ROSETTE AWARD: Cantatas BWV 170, 82, 159

‘Shirley-Quirk has a dark voice of considerable beauty, and in BWV 56 he produces a good deal of lyrical, poetic singing.’ High Fidelity, February 1966

‘Shirley-Quirk does some fine lyric singing [in BWV 159] and Miss Baker is in top form. She is equally impressive in BWV 170 … and the sound is first-rate.’ High Fidelity, May 1967

‘There’s plenty of rollicking fun in these new performances of Bach’s most secular of secular cantatas… The slender story is played for all it’s worth. Aldo Baldin is a fine narrator, Julia Varady a defiant daughter, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau a magnificently heavy-handed, and heavy-footed, father.’ Gramophone, February 1983 (BWV 211)