There's much sense in gathering Bach's solo bass cantatas for
a single CD. The celebrated Ich habe genung (Cantata 82) comes first,
followed by Cantatas 56 and 158.
Most musicians know -- even by default -- that Bach's 200
or so cantatas are a treasure trove of gems, given that he occasionally
nodded over his desk with a musical lapse. It is very hard to accept that
Bach was human like us. But there we are, recipients of his inheritance,
often overlooking the very fact that all his worthwhile music is on CD,
and we so often simply too 'preoccupied' to allow ourselves the
privilege of acquaintance with a musical heaven.
Peter Kooy has a vocal quality that's a touch edgy, yet is plentifully
musical. He moves through the taxing vocal lines with apparent ease. A noble
aria such as Welt, ade (Cantata 158) haunts one with three melodic
strands interweaving: bass solo, soprano chorale, and violin obbligato [listen -- track 12, 5:20-6:18].
The chorus and orchestra of La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe
reveal the intrinsic delight of dedicated performers.
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