Bach: Cantatas Vol. 18 - Cantatas for Christmas, for the Feast of Epiphany, and for the First Sunday after Epiphany
CD (2010) Monteverdi Productions Ltd
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Performers:Claron McFadden Magdalena Kožená Bernarda Fink Sally Bruce-Payne Michael Chance Christoph Genz James Gilchrist Dietrich Henschel Peter Harvey The Monteverdi Choir The English Baroque Soloists
Description:BWV 32, 63, 65, 123, 124, 154, 191
No of discs: 2
Recording info:Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage
Herderkirche, Weimar, 25 December 1999
Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, 6 January, 2000
Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, Hamburg, 9 January 2000
"This ongoing recording project ranks as one of the musical events of the decade."
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer 20 December 2009
"The variety of this work for Christmas and Epiphany is astonishing, and the singing from the Monteverdi Choir and soloists fully matches it."
Sunday Times 10 October 2010
"There are countless highlights in the final two volumes. The duet singing in BWV 32 between Claron McFadden and Peter Harvey is memorably rewarding. Similarly cathartic is the peerless, reassuring expression of eternal union in the great duet of BWV 154 with Michael Chance and James Gilchrist."
Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - December 2010