Bach - Cantatas Volume 54
Hana Blažíková (soprano), Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Gerd Türk (tenor) & Peter Kooij (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Suzuki balances detail sensitively, helped by the SACD sound...Hana Blažíková duets exuberantly with trumpet in her aria...this is a superb disc, Suzuki at one with Bach - and both at their best. — 5/5 BBC Music Magazine
As the penultimate volume in this acclaimed cycle it is a sobering thought that as many as a hundred of Bach's church cantatas may have been lost if it were not for the efforts of artists such as the BCJ and Masaaki Suzuki.
The fragment Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, was apparently intended for Christmas Day of 1728. Bach reused parts of the work in the large-scale wedding cantata Gott ist unsre Zuversicht. This has made it possible to reconstruct the missing parts and allows for interesting comparisons between the two versions.
The other two works were both composed around 1735, and give rich evidence of Bach's versatility in terms of style.