Bach Cantatas - Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner articulates Bach with his trademark understanding on this collection of the great composer's Cantatas.

Composer: Bach
Repertoire: Cantatas, Vol.24
Artists: Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
Rating:  4/5 
Genre: Vocal
Label: Soli Deo Gloria SDG 107

Bach’s three surviving cantatas for Jubilate Sunday, the third after Easter, are fully understood and articulated by Gardiner in  his ‘Bach Pilgrimage’ performances. Special things take wing in Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, and again in Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal. Stephen Varcoe’s tired-sounding baritone barely clears Bach’s vocal hurdles in ‘Wo gehest du hin?’, although Gardiner balances the books with a thrilling Sei Lob und Ehr.