Bach Cantatas

Bach – Cantatas Volume 50

The 50th volume of Masaaki Suzuki’s exploration of J.S. Bach’s cantatas features works composed by Bach in collaboration with the Leipzig poet Christian Friedrich Henrici.

I find the album title to be just wonderful: “Man singet mit Freuden” (One sings with Joy)

The cantatas generally make sparing use of the choir, but center on two arias, linked by one or two recitatives, and a final chorale. In addition, these works contain several examples of reuse of earlier instrumental movements as introductions:

The opening Sinfonia of BWV 174, uses the first movement of his Third Brandenburg Concerto.

Bach, J S:

  • Cantata BWV149 ‘Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg’
  • Cantata BWV145 ‘Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen’
  • Cantata BWV174 ‘Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte’
  • Cantata BWV49 ‘Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen’


Performed by Hana Blažíková (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Gerd Türk (tenor) & Peter Kooij (bass); and the Bach Collegium Japan, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Here is one of my great favorites, and performed by a different group.

J. S. Bach: “Herr, unser herrscher” from St John Passion:

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