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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013)
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Julian Pregardien (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Ricercar Consort; Philippe Pierlot, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Mirare | # MIR243 | Time: 01:07:54

Just in time for Christmas, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort present a collection of Cantatas for the season by Johann Sebastian Bach. In these evergreen holiday favorites, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices are used to express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The result is nothing short of magical. The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and director Philippe Pierlot. They have made a significant discography, especially on the Mirare label, where their recordings have met with consistent acclaim and respect, in particular for their exceptional Bach Magnificat.

Almost everything about this disc is first rate. The playing of the musicians is outstanding throughout. The brass and drums in the big moments of 110 and 63 are thrillingly martial, the strings give outstanding support throughout and the frequent instrumental solos are superb. A special mention, in this regard, should go to the flute in the opening movement of Süβer Trost, which is really delightful, spinning a web of peace over the lullaby of the first movement. The keening oboe sound in the first duet of 63 is also outstanding.

Pierlot conducts all three cantatas with a beat that pulses with life, and his speeds are judged just right - neither too fast nor too slow. The singers are excellent, too, and all get fully inside the period sound. I particularly liked the fruity tenor of Julian Prégardien and the ethereal counter-tenor of Carlos Mena. Stephan MacLeod sings the bass arias with a French inflection that is by no means unwelcome, and Maria Keohane’s soprano lends a bright air of innocence to all she sings. It helps, too, that Mirare’s recording quality is nothing short of sensational. The studio sound is close and personal while retaining just the right amount of space. The small group of musicians and even smaller group of singers, combined with the skill of the engineers, helps you to hear right through the text, as though Pierlot were shining a light that illuminates the whole thing from the inside out.

My only problem is with the choruses. Now is not the place to rehearse the arguments for and against the one-to-a-part approach to singing Bach: all I can say is that I don’t really like it. The biggest, most celebratory moments of the cantatas are the opening choruses of 110 and the opening and closing choruses of 63, and I’m sorry to say that here they pass for very little. Yes, the transparency and clarity of line is there for all to hear, and if you like one-to-a-part Bach then this disc will probably take its place at the very top of recommendations for these works. However, I missed the rush of exhilaration that a bigger chorus brings to both ends of 63, and the festive buoyancy of 110 is diluted when there are only four people singing. For that reason, I can’t completely recommend this disc over the likes of Gardiner and Suzuki. Nor, especially, Philippe Herreweghe’s excellent recording of these same works with his Collegium Vocale Ghent, which not only has a bigger chorus - hence a greater scale - but also fully embraces the grand ceremonial aspects of these works with a touch of swagger that I find utterly winning.

However, many level heads will point out that the chorus sings on very few tracks on this disc and that, consequently, it’s not worth ruling the disc out on their account. They are correct, and if you can live with the reduced chorus then you’ll find this disc a real festive delight.

Review by Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International

This is a terrific disc of three of Bach's Christmas cantatas. I have enjoyed many of The Ricercar Consort's recordings in the past, and this is one of their best, I think.

The music itself is a delight, of course. Bach's joyful vocal and instrumental writing makes these works a huge pleasure, and his use of instrumental colour in particular is wonderful here. Philippe Pierlot and his ensemble do it proud. The one-to-a-part approach works extremely well and both the solo singing and choral work are excellent. The instrumental work is magnificent, with Bach's music really glittering in the sparkling trumpet parts especially – but every aspect of it is very fine and beautifully balanced. Pierlot keeps that pulse which is so vital to Bach beating throughout and brings really sensitive performances from all his musicians and singers with the quieter, more spiritual passages being genuinely affecting and the celebratory movements blazing with light and joy.

There are a lot of very good recordings of Bach cantatas, but this is something rather special, I think. It's beautifully recorded and very nicely presented, making it an all-round gem. Very warmly recommended.

Review by Sid Nuncius, Amazon.co.uk

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]



Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]



Maria Keohane (soprano)
Carlos Mena (alto)
Julian Pregardien (tenor)
Stephan MacLeod (bass)

Ricercar Consort
Philippe Pierlot, direction

rec. l’Eglise de Beaufays, Belgium, November 2012

Tracklist:

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)

Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, Cantata BWV 110
01. Coro Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (6:15)
02. Aria 1 à 2 Travers Ihr Gedanken und ihr Sinnen (4:49)
03. Recit Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich (0:30)
04. Aria 2 Hautb solo Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind (4:11)
05. Duetto à Soprano è Tenore Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (3:19)
06. Aria Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder (3:57)
07. Choral Alleluia! Gelobt sei Gott (0:47)

Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, Cantata BWV 151
08. Aria Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (9:03)
09. Recit Basso Erfreue dich, mein Herz (1:08)
10. Aria In Jesu Demut kann ich Trost (5:28)
11. Recit Du teurer Gottessohn (0:50)
12. Choral Heut schleußt er wieder auf die Tür (0:42)

Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, Cantata BWV 63
13. Chorus Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (5:11)
14. Recit O selger Tag ! o ungemeines Heute (2:45)
15. Aria duetto Gott, du hast es wohl gefüget (7:25)
16. Recit So kehret sich nun heut das bange Leid (0:52)
17. Aria duetto Ruft und fleht den Himmel an (3:33)
18. Recit Verdoppelt euch demnach, ihr heißen Andachtsflammen (1:02)
19. Chorus Höchster, schau in Gnaden an (6:05)


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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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