Great understanding of Bach

Masaaki Suzuki leads the Bach Collegium Japan to success through his vast awareness of the meaning behind Bachs' cantatas

Composer: JS Bach
Repertoire: Cantatas BWV 10, 93, 107, 178
Artists: Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Orchestral
Label: BIS CD-1331

Masaaki Suzuki clearly believes in the words of Bach’s cantatas and understands Baroque dance and their ideal speeds. His sensitivity to text and tempos, not always shared by others in earlier volumes, has become standard for recent issues in the BIS Bach series. Bach’s combination of worship, rhetorical gesture, dance music and drama are given powerful expression in No.10, and again evoked to thrilling effect in the beautiful No.107.