Bach Cantatas Volume 51 (Bwv 195/ 192/ 157/ 120A) (Bach Collegium Japan/ Masaaki Suzuki) (BIS: BIS1961)
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Bach Collegium Japan
and Masaaki Suzuki
return to their cantatas cycle with four cantatas composed for specific events.
These sacred occasional pieces are independent works and did not form part of his cantata cycles for the Sundays and feast days of the church year. Two of cantatas (BWV 195 and BWV 120a) were intended for wedding ceremonies, and one for a funeral (Ich lasse dich nicht... BWV 157), but the setting for the fourth piece, Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192, is unknown.
The cycle of cantatas initiated by Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan in 1995 is nearing completion, with four volumes to come. Volume 50 was acclaimed by reviewers who praised the continued high quality of interpretation and performance.