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Ton Koopman

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With this set of 12 cantatas, a few of them quite short, Dutch historical-instrument conductor Ton Koopman approaches the end of his monumental traversal of the complete Bach cantata corpus. The cantatas here mostly date from the last two decades of Bach's life. By this time Bach had cantatas from earlier cycles ready for most occasions pertaining to the liturgical year. Several of the works here were written for special occasions -- weddings in at least two cases. The orchestration for the most part is large and varied, with several pieces including trumpets and tympani; the Cantata No. 195, "Dem Gerechten muß das Licht," BWV 195, features a dazzling array of strings, oboe, oboe d'amore, transverse flutes, horns, trumpets, bassoon, timpani, and continuo. The result is that these pieces play to the strengths of Koopman's interpretations: the warm, flawless blend of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and the sharp differentiation of the instruments within what remains a big, festive sound overall. The famous cantata in this group is the Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140, with its "Sleepers Awake" chorale and its lovely variations on a pastoral theme. Sample the opening chorus (CD 2, track 1) for an idea of what you can expect in the various large choruses in the lesser-known cantatas in the set: each has its nice textural touches, and not a one gets lost in Koopman's expert interpretation. Hear the "Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde" (World, goodbye, I am tired of you) movement of the Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede sei mit dir," BWV 158, for an example of Koopman at his best: this odd combination of a bass aria with mantra-like interjections of the chorale from the choir's sopranos would throw a lesser conductor. The soloists in this set are also unusually effective. Soprano Sandrine Piau's voice is unhampered by the high pitch Koopman employs, and her soaring lyricism makes an effective foil for the unusual, rather English horn-like timbre of the alto of Bogna Bartosz. There is something a bit cool in Koopman's readings; for deep humanistic insights into Bach's music, the evolving cantata set by John Eliot Gardiner may be preferable. But in the public, festive music heard here, this lion of the historical-performance movement is hard to beat.
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Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100 (Various Composers)

1
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100: Chorale - Versus 1: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, es bleibt grerecht sein Wille
00:04:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100: Aria - Versus 2: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, er wird mich nicht betrüben
00:02:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100: Aria - Versus 3: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, er wird mich wohl bedenken
00:04:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100: Aria - Versus 4: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, er ist mein Light, mein Leben
00:03:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100: Aria - Versus 5: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, muß ich den Kelch gleich schmecken
00:03:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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6
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan III BWV 100: Chorale - Versus ultimus: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, darbei will ich verbleiben
00:01:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Bekennen will ich seinen Namen BWV 200 (Various Composers)

7
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen BWV 200: Aria: Bekennen will ich seinen Namen
00:04:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 177 (Various Composers)

8
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 177: Chorus - Versus 1: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
00:07:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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9
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 177: Aria Versus 2: Ich bitt noch mehr, o Herre Gott
00:05:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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10
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 177: Aria - Versus 3: Verleih, daß ich aus Herzensgrund
00:04:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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11
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 177: Aria - Versus 4: Laß mich kein Lust noch Furcht von dir
00:04:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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12
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 177: Chorale - Versus 5: Ich lieg im Streit und widerstreb
00:01:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195 (Various Composers)

13
Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195
00:04:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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14
Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195
00:01:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195
00:04:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195
00:00:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195
00:06:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Dem Gerechten muß das Licht BWV 195 Post Copulationem
00:00:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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DISC 2

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140 (Various Composers)

1
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Chorale: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
00:06:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Recitative: Er kommt, er kommt
00:00:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Aria: Wenn kömmst du, mein Heil
00:05:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Chorale: Zion hört die Wächter singen
00:03:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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5
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Recitative: So geh herein zu mir
00:01:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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6
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Aria: Mein Freund ist mein
00:05:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140: Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen
00:01:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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O Ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung Der Liebe BWV 34 (Various Composers)

8
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe BWV 34: Chorus: O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe
00:06:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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9
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe BWV 34: Recitative: Herr, unsre Herzen halten dir
00:00:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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10
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe BWV 34: Aria: Wohl euch, ihr auserwählten Seelen
00:05:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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11
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe BWV 34: Recitative: Erwählt sich Gott die heilgen Hütten
00:00:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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12
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe BWV 34: Chorus: Friede über Israel
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143 (Various Composers)

13
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Chorus: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele
00:01:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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14
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Chorale: Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ
00:01:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Recitative: Wohl dem, des Hülfe der Gott Jakob ist
00:00:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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16
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Aria: Tausendfaches Unglück
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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17
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Aria: Der Her ist König
00:01:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Aria: Jesu, Retter deiner Herde
00:02:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 143: Chorus with Chorale: Halleluja. Gedenk, Herr, jetzund an dein Amt
00:02:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158 (Various Composers)

20
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Recitative: Der Friede sei mit dir
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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21
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Aria and Chorale: Welt, ade, ich bin dein Müde
00:05:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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22
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Recitative: Nun Herr, regiere meinen Sinn
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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23
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Chorale: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm
00:01:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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DISC 3

Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197 (Various Composers)

1
Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Chorus: Gott ist unsre Zuversicht
00:05:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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2
Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Recitative: Gott ist und bleibt der beste Sorger
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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3
Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Aria: Schläfert allen Sorgenkummer
00:05:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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4
Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Recitative: Brum folget Gott und seinem Triebe
00:00:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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5
Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Chorale: Du süße Lieb, schenk uns deine Gunst
00:00:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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6
Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Aria: O du angenehmes Paar Post Copulationem
00:05:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Recitative: So wie es Gott mit dir Post Copulationem
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Aria: Vergnügen und Lust, Gedeihen und Heil Post Copulationem
00:03:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Gott ist unsre Zuversicht BWV 197: Recitative: Und dieser frohe Lebenslauf Post Copulationem
00:00:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, MainArtist - Sandrine Piau, FeaturedArtist - The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chior, FeaturedArtist - Johannette Zomer, FeaturedArtist - Caroline Stam, FeaturedArtist

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Album Description

With this set of 12 cantatas, a few of them quite short, Dutch historical-instrument conductor Ton Koopman approaches the end of his monumental traversal of the complete Bach cantata corpus. The cantatas here mostly date from the last two decades of Bach's life. By this time Bach had cantatas from earlier cycles ready for most occasions pertaining to the liturgical year. Several of the works here were written for special occasions -- weddings in at least two cases. The orchestration for the most part is large and varied, with several pieces including trumpets and tympani; the Cantata No. 195, "Dem Gerechten muß das Licht," BWV 195, features a dazzling array of strings, oboe, oboe d'amore, transverse flutes, horns, trumpets, bassoon, timpani, and continuo. The result is that these pieces play to the strengths of Koopman's interpretations: the warm, flawless blend of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and the sharp differentiation of the instruments within what remains a big, festive sound overall. The famous cantata in this group is the Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140, with its "Sleepers Awake" chorale and its lovely variations on a pastoral theme. Sample the opening chorus (CD 2, track 1) for an idea of what you can expect in the various large choruses in the lesser-known cantatas in the set: each has its nice textural touches, and not a one gets lost in Koopman's expert interpretation. Hear the "Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde" (World, goodbye, I am tired of you) movement of the Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede sei mit dir," BWV 158, for an example of Koopman at his best: this odd combination of a bass aria with mantra-like interjections of the chorale from the choir's sopranos would throw a lesser conductor. The soloists in this set are also unusually effective. Soprano Sandrine Piau's voice is unhampered by the high pitch Koopman employs, and her soaring lyricism makes an effective foil for the unusual, rather English horn-like timbre of the alto of Bogna Bartosz. There is something a bit cool in Koopman's readings; for deep humanistic insights into Bach's music, the evolving cantata set by John Eliot Gardiner may be preferable. But in the public, festive music heard here, this lion of the historical-performance movement is hard to beat.
© TiVo

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