Bach Secular Cantatas

Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 4 - Academic Cantatas (2014)

Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 4 - Academic Cantatas (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 351 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 2001

The two works on this disc perfectly illustrate a particular type of secular cantata, the so-called ‘dramma per musica’. In such works the libretto is constructed dramatically, and the singers embody various roles, such as gods and other characters from antiquity, and allegorical figures. The parallel with opera is apparent, although the ‘drammi per musica’ do without any scenic element. Bach primarily used the form in works intended for princely tributes or academic festivities: educated audiences could be expected to recognize the characters and literary traditions involved.
Bach - Secular Cantatas Vol III (Masaaki Suzuki) (2013)

Bach - Secular Cantatas Vol III (Masaaki Suzuki) (2013)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 373 MB
Label: BIS | Catalog N.: BIS-2041 | TT: 77:26

A selection of Bach's secular smaller-scale choral and vocal works in the Suzuki BIS cantata cycle delights as much as the weightier ones have done.
Masaaki Suzuki is nearing the end of the excellent BIS cycle of all the Bach cantatas. Other complete current cycles of note are those by Ton Koopman on Challenge and John Eliot Gardiner on SDG. This is the only one on SACD although the disks can also be played in stereo on CD players and most computers. It's also a cycle using period instruments; Koopman's and Gardiner's do not.
Bach: Secular Cantatas vol II - Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan (2012)

Bach: Secular Cantatas vol II - Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 367 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 1971

Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki present their long-awaited second volume of secular cantatas by J.S. Bach. The “Hunt Cantata”, composed in 1713, is the oldest of his secular cantatas. The libretto includes a dramatic plot in which four divinities from ancient mythology appear.
J.S. Bach - Secular Cantatas 'Tönet, ihr Pauken' - Herreweghe (HM 2005)

J.S. Bach - Secular Cantatas | 2005 | Genre: Classical, Chorus
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 262 MB

''‘Sound, ye drums! Ring out, ye trumpets!’
In his Leipzig years, Bach liked to remind people that he was not only Kantor of St Thomas’s, but also the city’s director of music. It was in this capacity that he wrote these sumptuous secular cantatas, in honour respectively of the university professor Kortte (BWV 207, 1726) and of Queen Maria Josepha (BWV 214, 1733). Allegorical figures such as Industry, Fortune, Honour and Gratitude take it in turns to sing of the learning and the merits of the recipients, borrowing material from one of the Brandenburg Concertos or ‘quoting’ some of the finest music from the Christmas Oratorio, not yet composed . . . '' –
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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Cantatas [55 CD] (Repost)  Music

Posted by Bibixy at Sept. 14, 2013
Johann Sebastian Bach - The Cantatas [55 CD] (Repost)

Johann Sebastian Bach - The Cantatas (Masaaki Suzuki)
BIS | 1995-2011 | 55 CD | 55 RAR | 6.5Gb
MP3 192 Kbps | Lame encoded | Tracks | Covers & Booklets

For those who are not familiar with the Bach Collegium Japan, it is an orchestra and choir founded in 1990 by their director and keyboard player Masaaki Suzuki. The orchestra is renowned as Japan’s leading period instrument players applying their historically informed knowledge of sacred baroque music and specialising in the work of J.S. Bach. The chosen venue for Suzuki’s cycle of recordings has been the Shoin Women’s University Chapel in Kobe, Japan.
Suzuki really is a master of his art directing impeccable vocal and instrumental performances.
Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - Bach: Celebratory Cantatas (2017)

Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - Bach: Celebratory Cantatas
Classical, Cantata, Baroque | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 70:16 min | 346 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 20 | 2017

Besides the fact that they both celebrate Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, there is a close connection between the two works included on the eighth volume of Bach’s secular cantatas. On 2nd October 1734, the King and his family made a surprise visit to Leipzig, and in all haste a festive event was planned for three days later, in celebration of the anniversary of Augustus’s ascension to the Polish throne. Bach was asked to provide the musical entertainment, and consequently had to put aside the work he was busy composing… namely BWV 206 Schleicht, spielende Wellen, intended for a celebration of the King’s birthday on 7th October!
Ensemble Alia Mens & Olivier Spilmont - J. S. Bach: Weimar Cantatas (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ensemble Alia Mens & Olivier Spilmont - J. S. Bach: Weimar Cantatas (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 54:51 minutes | 1.00 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The group of Weimar cantatas is exciting on many levels. The purpose Bach expressed in his Mühlhausen resignation letter – which became a master beam of the musical edice he built throughout his life – is expressed with an even more seminal vigour, due to the restrictions it suffered previously. Besides the beauty of the surviving works, which renders the loss of the missing ones all the more bitter, it is moving to see the musician engage, with each new piece, in experiments with form, ideas, and the language for expressing the word of God through the most sensitive possible texts. The choice of developing themes dear to him enabled him to afirm and deepen his faith.

J.S.Bach - The Cantatas Pilgrimage (Gardiner) [Repost]  Music

Posted by Bibixy at July 17, 2013
J.S.Bach - The Cantatas Pilgrimage (Gardiner) [Repost]

J.S.Bach - The Cantatas Pilgrimage (Gardiner)
Soli Deo Gloria | 1999/2010 | 51 CD | 28 RAR | 4.44Gb
Lame encoded | MP3 192 Kbps | Covers | Tracks

When we embarked on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in Weimar on Christmas Day 1999 we had no real sense of how the project would turn out. There were no precedents, no earlier attempts to perform all Bach’s surviving church cantatas on the appointed feast day and all within a single year, for us to draw on or to guide us. Just as in planning to scale a mountain or cross and ocean, you can make meticulous provision, calculate your route and get all the equipment in order, in the end you have to deal with whatever the elements - both human and physical - throw at you at any given moment. (Sir John Eliot Gardiner)

J.S.Bach - Complete Cantatas (Koopman) [REPOST]  Music

Posted by Bibixy at March 18, 2013
J.S.Bach - Complete Cantatas (Koopman) [REPOST]

J.S.Bach - Complete Cantatas (Koopman)
67 CD | Elektra / Wea / Erato | 67 ZIP (6.43Gb) | booklets, covers
MP3 192 Kbps | Lame encoded | Tracks | 1995-2006

"Koopman's directing vitality keeps the music spontaneously alive, with no sense of over-refinement or scholarly rectitude; the recording is first class, and the documentation could hardly be more informative. In short, this is a more enjoyable and rewarding seriesthat will give much satisfaction" - Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music, 2008

J.S.Bach - 75 Cantatas (Karl Richter)  Music

Posted by Bibixy at June 4, 2012
J.S.Bach - 75 Cantatas (Karl Richter)

J.S.Bach - 75 Cantatas (Karl Richter)
Archiv | 1993 | 26 CD | MP3 192 Kbps | 27 RAR | 2.28Gb
Lame encoded | Covers | Tracks | FilePost, DepositFiles, FileFactory

These performances may not get high grades from the professors, but Richter makes glorious music here. I owned most of these recordings on disc decades ago, and upon hearing them again was surprised at how deeply I was struck not only by the magnificent beauty of the interpretations, but also by the heartfelt commitment of the superb soloists. I have a zillion recordings of these cantatas, so go ahead and scoff, but Richter gets me closer to this music than anyone else. And what music it is! I hope I live long enough to listen to these 26 discs a thousand times. (blue-59 on Amazon)