Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year 10
Bach: Cantatas Bwv 108, 86, 11, 44 / Kuijken, Le Petite Band, Bach / Thornbill / Noskaiova / Le Petite Band, Release Date: 05/25/2010. Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Performer: Jan Van der Crabben, Petra Noskaiová, Sigi Thornbill, Christoph Genz, Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra/Ensemble: La Petite Bande, Number of Discs: 1. Sigiswald Kuijken continues on with Volume 10 in his series of the cantatas for the complete liturgical year. As mentioned before, these are Rifkinized performances, so the largest choral mass you will hear is four people. I wish he had taken another direction as his instincts in this music are so adept, tempos well chosen, and the soloists are wonderful. The quality of the performances and Kuijken's innate musicality and intensely devotional spirit-in some ways exceeding that of Suzuki force me, almost against my will, to give an unconditional thumbs-up to these performances. But I am not sure I could make them my only performances. The surround sound is top-notch, quite in keeping with previous issues in this series, and Accent can count this as another winner.