This continues the “Best Recordings of 2010” countdown. No.10 can be found here, No. 9 here, No. 8 here. The lists from the previous years: 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 7 - New ReleaseBach, “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, Cantatas volume 9 (BWV 36, 61, 62, 132), Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Accent SACD 25308
|J.S.Bach, Cantatas v.9,|
S.Kuijken, La Petite Bande
Accent SACD 25308
The performances are incredibly involving, edgy, they push the listener along, almost toward discomfort. I’ve simply never heard such gutsy Cantata performances before. Kuijken really pushes the envelope, but by a hair's breadth never too far. The disc provides a shocking first, and an enthralling second or third impression, and riveting enjoyment thereon; one of the best in this already extremely satisfying 1-year cantata cycle. The voices—especially Gerlinde Sämann, but also Petra Noskaiová, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben—are not beautiful... they are chilling, perhaps, uncompromising—which is describes the entire disc perfectly well, too. In a word: awe-some.
# 7 – Reissue
MelodiesDuparc et.al, Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin, Newton Classics 8802007
Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin
Newton Classics 8802007