Cantatas for Complete Liturgical Year 12
Bach: Cantatas Bwv 138, 27, 47, 96 / Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Bach / Samann / Noskaiova / Petite Bande / Kuijken, Release Date: 02/22/2011, Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Performer: Jan Van der Crabben, Gerlinde Sämann, Christoph Genz, Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijke, Orchestra/Ensemble: La Petite Bande, Number of Discs: 1. This is the twelfth volume of a project called 'Cantatas for the complete liturgical year'. For this series Sigiswald Kuijken chooses one cantata for every Sunday and feast-day of the ecclesiastical year. This disc contains four cantatas, written for the 15th to the 18th Sundays after Trinity. They are performed in a different order on the disc, "for musical reasons", as Kuijken writes in the booklet. He doesn't explain what these musical reasons are. One of them could be that Cantata 47 ends with a stanza of the same hymn which builds the core of the next, BWV 138. In this review I follow the liturgical order, beginning with Cantata 138. The booklet contains a very extended analysis of the cantatas by Sigiswald Kuijken, the reading of which I strongly endorse. I am not that happy with the English translations of the lyrics. In order to understand the connection between text and music a more literal translation would have been preferable.