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BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 18 (Gardiner) - BWV 32, 63, 65, 123, 124, 154, 191

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue SDG174
Label SDG
Quality   320kbps
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This is the record of John
Review By JD88992,December 2010

This is the final release (though not the last numerically, and actually the first performed) in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's "pilgrimage" recording series of the Bach cantatas. All were performed live on or near the Sunday for which they were written, in one year's time.

When his record company backed out of this massive project, Sir John--who had already committed to the performances--determined to release the cantatas on his own label. No corners were cut: full texts, essays by the conductor and other participants, beautiful packaging.

The Christmas and Epiphany works in this set certainly made a festive opening to the pilgrimage. "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (BWV 191) also serves as the Gloria movement in the B-minor Mass. The soloists blend the famous with the more....


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