Bach, Academic Cantatas (BWV 205, 207), Bach Collegium Japan, M. Suzuki
(released on July 8, 2014)
BIS-2001 | 73'06"
As we have come to expect of this series, all musical details in these sometimes surprising scores are lovingly tended. The quartet of vocal soloists is strong: forthright countertenor Robin Blaze and bass Roderick Williams, the sweet and light tenor of Wolfram Lattke, and the ethereal soprano of Joanne Lunn, with just a couple of the top notes straying off into the stratosphere. Instrumental solos are no less pleasing, especially in BWV 205, Der zufriedengestellte Ӓolus, where Bach had an extravagant collection of instruments to work with, including oboe d'amore, viola d'amore, and viola da gamba. As always, the intonation eccentricities of the truly natural brass instruments may be more than some listeners can stand, but here they add to the charm, representing the pack of unruly winds that threaten the summer celebration in honor of Dr. August Friedrich Müller (1684–1761). Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, a cantata in honor of Dr Gottlieb Kortte (1698−1731), is less original, recycling two movements from the composer's first Brandenburg Concerto, but in ingenious ways.