As the penultimate volume in this acclaimed cycle it is a sobering thought that as many as a hundred of Bach's church cantatas may have been lost if it were not for the efforts of artists such as the BCJ and Masaaki Suzuki
The fragment Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
, was apparently intended for Christmas Day of 1728. Bach reused parts of the work in the large-scale wedding cantata Gott ist unsre Zuversicht
. This has made it possible to reconstruct the missing parts and allows for interesting comparisons between the two versions.
The other two works were both composed around 1735, and give rich evidence of Bach's versatility in terms of style.
'This is a superb disc, Suzuki at one with Bach - and both at their best.' --BBC Music Magazine, November 2013
'thoroughly recommended. The production values are high all round, and with a great team that has now lived with the cantatas for numerous productive years there's rarely a foot put wrong. So, that's 54 down, one to go.' --International Record Review, October 2013
'This fine little 'scena', from Bach's rich repository of slumber arias ['Schläfert' from No. 197] is set up by Masamitsu San'nomiya's engrossing oboe d'amore-playing and Suzuki's reined gaze upon God's Leitstern or 'guiding star'. This is another strong release as we approach the finishing line.' --Gramophone, October 2013
'The music is splendid, and luminously sung and played. And these pieces do not appear often.' --Early Music Review, December 2013