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Comparatively Speaking:
Bach’s Cantatas

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 67 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Matthew Holdreith presents another program in his Comparatively Speaking series in which he juxtaposes varying performances of popular classical music. In this recording he examines Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas and oratorios, paying particular attention to the differences between performances that use instruments and vocal practices that were the norm in Bach’s day with more modern variations. Much of this fascinating program is spent comparing the different effects that can be achieved through the use of child singers as opposed to adult female sopranos. Holdreith was apparently inspired by Nikolaus Harnoncourt efforts to record all of Bach’s cantatas on original Baroque instruments, excerpts of which are included here. Whether you are already a huge fan of Bach’s vocal music, or someone who is only hearing it for the first time, you should find Holdreith’s illuminating commentary both informative and entertaining.

Musical Selections:  Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, (”Praise God, in every Nation”), BWV 51 [excerpt, ver. 1] (ca. 1730) (4:37) -- Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51 [excerpt, ver. 2] (4:51) -- Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht, BWV 52 [excerpt]] (ca. 1726) (3:57) -- Wann Kommst Du Mein Heil [from “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140”] (ca. 1731) (6:20) -- Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen [from “Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, No. 3”] (ca. 1734) (2:35) -- St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244” [excerpt, text by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici)] (ca. 1727) (5:43) -- [unidentified excerpt for soprano and alto] (5:37) -- Ich habe genug, BWV 82 [excerpt, ver. 1] (ca. 1727) (5:12) -- Ich habe genug, BWV 82 [excerpt, ver. 2] (8:42) -- Kyrie [excerpt, from the “Mass in B Minor, BWV 232”] (ca. 1733) (8:35)
Performers:  Marjanne Kweksilber, soprano (Jauchzet ver. 1)
Elly Ameling, soprano (Wann)
Teresa Stich-Randall, soprano (St. Matthew)
Philippe Huttenlocher, bass (Ich, ver. 2)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor (Ich, ver. 2 ; Mass)
Genre:  Classical Music
Subject:  18th century classical; Cantatas, Sacred
People:  Holdreith, Matthew; Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750; Henrici, Christian Friedrich, 1700-1764; Harnoncourt, Nikolaus; Kweksilber, Marjanne ; Ameling, Elly ; Stich-Randall, Teresa, 1927-2007 ; Huttenlocher, Philippe
First Broadcast Date:  2/18/1980
 
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