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  Harmonia Mundi -
  HMC 801694
  Bach: Cantatas Nos. 4, 12, 106 & 196 - Konrad Junghänel
  Bach: Cantatas Nos. 4, 12, 106 "Actus tragicus" & 196

Cantus Cölln
Konrad Junghänel
Track listing:
  Classical - Vocal
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Reviews: 2

Review by Julien November 28, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
I noticed recently that I really like Harmonia Mundi sound. Often close-miked, but in a way that reveals beautifully the tone richness of the instruments, and the recordings usually still sound very free with a lot of air. Again maybe some will argue with that and it depends a lot on your hi-fi system.

I also have the B minor Mass version by the same players, which I love. But maybe this one even better, I feel that the playing and the recording are better on this one.
The "Actus Tragicus" BWV 106 is a master piece, and my feeling at the moment is that "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" BWV 12 is one of the most beautiful works Bach ever wrote in spite of his very young age (composed in 1714, Bach was 29 then).

To me these players have the ideal style to play Bach, clean (unlike those big old symphonic orchestras that usually sound in this kind of music the way Mc Donald feels in my mouth), but emotionally deep (unlike the Suzuki recordings that are clean in style but sound a bit like a computer talking).

The singers are amazing too, and to conclude I would say that this SACD is a spiritual odyssey I like to experience as much as I can.

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Review by beny July 3, 2004 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This recording of early Bach cantatas is performed by just four soloists, small orchestra and no choir. This gives me the feeling of not being at a church at all but rather at a 17th century royal court. It is refreshing to hear this tight, extremly coordinated and musically superb performance compared to some older heavy recordings. The soprano floats on top like an angel. Soundwise the acoustics is a bit artificial and maybe to closely miked, but somehow that fits this performace.

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Works: 4  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Christ lag in Todes Banden", BWV 4
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Der Herr denket an uns", BWV 196
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit", BWV 106 (Actus tragicus)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12