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Label:
  BIS - http://www.bis.se/
Serial:
  BIS-SACD-1451
Title:
  Bach: Cantatas Vol. 28 - Suzuki
Description:
  Bach: "Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig" BWV 26, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" BWV 62, "Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 116, "Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott" BWV 139

Yukari Nonoshita (soprano)
Robin Blaze (counter-tenor)
Makoto Sakurada (tenor)
Peter Kooij (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)
Track listing:
 
Genre:
  Classical - Vocal
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  PCM
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Reviews: 1

Review by Julien December 3, 2006 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
If I try to be objective, I might have to admit that they did a great and serious job here. High level playing.

But I still get bored. Trying to figure out why, it didn't take me long to notice that you basically could turn on your metronome throughout the performance and they would still play with it. Breathe, for God's Sake! Can you imagine an actor who would read all his lines with a monotonous rhythm just because the writer didn't write where to breathe or which words should be heavier than others? No. So, why in music then? It is also a language, and music is deeply influenced by languages anyway.

I believe it is a cultural problem. I used to speak Chinese "very fluently and with no accent" according to most people, but also "like a taping machine". So I think I know what it is. Maybe many of you have this kind of experience of getting tired or bored sometimes listening to a foreigner speaking your language, because he doesn't know how to use words to captivate your attention. Same matter here, still too much of imitation in their playing, no liberty at all. Very clean style and technique, definitely hours of hard work and irreproachable in some way, but boring. They play, but don't speak.

Amazing sound anyway, clean soundstaging, close-miked and rich... Reminds me of Harmonia Mundi, and by the way, please check my review on the Bach cantatas by Cantus Cölln and Konrad Junghänel. These are "the guys for the job".

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Works: 4  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig", BWV 26
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 116
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland", BWV 62
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott", BWV 139