This landmark series is nearly at its end in this antepenultimate recording. The three cantatas on this recording come from the first half of the 1730s and clearly show Bach's affinity for instrumental colour and expressive melodies rich in syncopation and suspensions.
All three works are choral cantatas based on well-known hymns and are therefore more choral in style.
'The quality of this album suggests that Suzuki is going to maintain the high quality of his recordings right to the end of the cycle. What a shame these regular issues of Suzuki Bach cantatas are about to come to an end. Let's hope his next project equals, or even approaches, it in ambition and accomplishment.' --Classical CD Reviews
'[Suzuki's] solo singers and instrumentalists are in sparkling form, and he shapes the choruses beautifully, alert to the lyrical impulses that glide through Bach's intricate rhythmic textures. This is Suzuki back to his beguiling best.' --Early Music Today, July/August 2013
'The level of performance consistency of this BIS series is nothing short of remarkable. It really is hard to find fault when this music is presented in such an exemplary manner.' --MusicWeb International
'The acoustic of Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel has coloured Masaaki Suzuki's whole Bach series with an unmistakable sound quality and, for listeners with SACD, a striking three-dimensional warmth, depth and spatial focus...Suzuki's performance forces, 12-voice choir and three-to-a-part violins, are superbly clan and tidy while allowing him a more generous dynamic and dramatic range. Highly commended.' --BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
'The quartet of regular solo singers brings out the wonderful variety of Bach's aria writing. They really appear to have this music under their skin and it's easy to take for granted their consistently polished nuance.' --International Record Review, October 2013