which are Bach’s 5 best (or most popular) cantatas?
You can download the sheet music from the video: Bach – Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Cantata, BWV 51
That’s a bit of a deceptive question, because most of the ‘well-known’ cantatas are actually fairly obscure: it’s a particular movement of each cantata that is well-known, not the entire thing. I doubt that many people have heard all five of the cantatas that I’m going to list, or that anyone else will list. I certainly haven’t, although I have them all on CD.Well, perhaps the best-known cantata movement is the tenth movement of Cantata 208, titled ‘Sheep may safely graze’. This is one of those pieces that even I knew as a small kid, before I even knew enough to distinguish Classical music from what my grandparents called ‘Classics’. There’s a beautiful arrangement for piano done by Egon Petri that has gained popularity recently, but the original is great to listen to also. This is probably one of the most variously re-arranged of Bach’s cantatas, possibly coming in second to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Leon Fleisher playing Petri’s reduction: youtube.com/watch?v=Xgyz0XqDEEAMagdalena Kozena & Gustav Leonhardt/OAE: youtube.com/watch?v=h1VEN6CEXo0It may be the case that Jesu, Joy of Man’s, from Cantata 147 desiring is the next most popular; however, I feel it is less of a timeless classic than some of the others high on the list. I certainly find it less recognizable than most of these. It’s also harder to find credible youtube performances of, for some reason(Unknown Ensemble): youtube.com/watch?v=FwWL8Y-qsJgGustavo Gallo/JOCA Orchestra: youtube.com/watch?v=_CDBcr5cpdQNext up is the ‘Sleepers’ Cantata, No. 140. The first movement, ‘Wachet, auf ruft uns die Stimme’ is one of my favourite pieces of music ever. This piece is easy to interpret in a wide variety of ways, not all of them good, and, happily, two of my favourites are on youtube. Nikolaus Harnoncourt/: youtube.com/watch?v=d1-0HOmza2c&fmt=18Karl Richter: youtube.com/watch?v=bip7topi16wCantata No. 80 also has a very famous first movement, from which the entire cantata takes it’s name. Perhaps the phrase ‘Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott’ translates so well into English, and sounds to familiar in English (A Mighty Fortress is our God), that we remember it better. Again, there is a huge spectrum of interpretative possibilities, and here are just a few good performances from distant points on that spectrum;Nikolaus Harnoncourt: youtube.com/watch?v=P9cJjVCEGPUKarl Richter: youtube.com/watch?v=jLieZdxjWi8American Bach Soloists: youtube.com/watch?v=VK_WpM0rad8Beyond that, there’s no real definite #5 to round out the list. You could go by number of recordings made of each cantata, but that only tells you which complete cantatas are the most popular, not which movements have gained independent popularity. I would suggest a few, with no certainty whatsoever:Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54/iJauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51/iKomm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder, BWV 56/vGott ist mein König, BWV 71/iGottes Zeit ist die Allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106/iiLaß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198/xThese are among the best-known of the popular movements from Bach’s 200+ cantatas, each of which has about 4+ movements, making for well over 1000 individual movements. You have unknowingly asked a very had question to answer, but this hopefully gives you a good idea of how vast Bach’s oeuvre is, even just his cantatas, and which ones are sort of more well-known than the rest. It’s simply impossible to pin five most popular.
Can u list 10 favorite baroque arias/songs of yours? Recording references if possible, thanks.Mines are.1. Vivaldi, Cantata “Cessate, Omai Cessate”, RV684, II. Ah Ch’infelice Sempre Andreas Scholls, CounterTenor2. Vivaldi, Stabat Mater in f minor, RV621, I. Stabat Mater Dolorosa Andreas Scholls, CounterTenor3. Handel, “Se pita di me non senti” Aria, “Julius Caesar” Magdalena Kozena4. Handel, “Lascia ch’io pianga”, Aria, “Rinaldo” Ingrid Kertesi5. Vivaldi, “Gemo in un punto e fremo”: Allegro Sandrine Piau (not positive)6. Bach/Gounod, “Ave Maria” Ingrid Kertesi7. Handel, “Theodora”, “Darkness .” Aria forgot the singer’s name but the recording has Amor Artis Chorale in it.8. Vivaldi, “Sposa, son disprezzata”, “Bajazet” Marijana Mijanovic )9. Handel, “Where’er you walk”, “Semele” Mark Padmore10. Caldara, “Oribilli Terribilli”, Aria, “Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo” Rene Jacobs, conductor, forgot the singer’s name
I have favorites, but I don’t know if I’d put them in any particular order. I also tend to listen to different versions of the same aria/song by different singers. My list will be heavy on female singers because I tend to like what I can sing (or hope to sing)1. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 J.S. Bach–this is a cantata for solo soprano but the opening aria is especially funThere’s a popular recording by Kathleen Battle with Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, but actually it’s not my favorite (no particular reason, it just isn’t)I recommend Maria Stader, Lucia Popp, which you can find on Youtube.Here is link that has the accompanying score–soprano is Elizabeth Parcells.youtube.com/watch?v=_oU2BnB7mrE2. Stabat Mater in C minor-Giovanni Pergolesi, duet for soprano and alto (or mezzo)-opening section, but again–I like the whole thing.Since you’re obviously a Andreas Scholl fan, I’ll give you a link with him singing this with soprano Barbara Bonney. Not that either of these singers are hacks, my own personal favorite recording is with Ileana Cotrubas and Teresa Berganza.youtube.com/watch?v=_2zc0wTORSI3. He Shall Feed His Flock/Come Unto Him–from “Messiah” by G.F. Handel–One aria follows directly into the other and it’s often even sung by one singer when performed as a recital piece. This link is just what popped up when I searched. Had no idea who she was, but it’s beautifully sung, so it’s here# www#youtube#com/watch?v=tGmZ84i2S40There’s also one out there with Andreas Scholl and soprano Barbara Schlick#4# “Et exsultavit spiritus meus” from Magnificat BMV 243 by J#S# BachI particularly like a recording by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, but couldn’t locate it on Youtube# But, here it is quite nicely sung by whoever the heck this is#www#youtube#com/watch?v=LOnLx6fRLbI5# From the same work–“Esurientes implevit bonis” #again by favorite recording is by Marilyn Horne# I have no idea why this woman looks so grim through most of this, which is why I’m posting it# I could list other solos from this work as well, so just consider Bach’s “Magnificat” one of my favorites–I obviously like slightly longer vocal works#www#youtube#com/watch?v=K0XIH4lpDvk&feature=related6# “Oh Had I Jubal’s Lyre” from “Joshua” by G#F# HandelThis is Kathleen Battle–in recital # I’m posting this because it’s nice to hear a human voice–unaltered by electronics backed only by a piano–we forget people can actually sing like this when we keep hearing autotuned pop singers all the time#www#youtube#com/watch?v=v7UtzT3HVr87# “Let the Bright Seraphims” from G#F# Handel’s “Samson” Kiri te Kanawa made this a particular wedding favorite after she sang it for the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer# Here is Kanawa in concert without her ugly wedding hat#www#youtube#com/watch?v=7FGitvRRJug8# “As When the Dove Laments Her Love” from “Alcis and Galatea” G#F# Handel# At last! Something secular# It suddenly struck me that my favorite pieces were religious–quite unintentional really# I think that for many composers back then, their personal faith and beliefs did play a big part to inspire their greatest works# Plus getting a church post #like Bach had# guaranteed a steady income#Here is a terrible video, but this aria became a favorite of mine when I heard another recording by this woman when I was still a young teenager###Victoria los Angeles# There are several really good recordings out there–it’s a popular aria for sopranos# Not really difficult, but it is such a lovely thing#www#youtube#com/watch?v=WiRGEtG6ZcQ&feature=related9# From the same opera “Acis and Galatea”–my first male aria–“O Ruddier Than a Cherry”# It’s fun to hear a bass do coloratura passages# I cite it frequently when amateur singers with low voices think that to be a good singer you must be able to sing high notes# Why, when you can sing like this? This is Matthew Rose with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden#www#youtube#com/watch?v=aKLggJMfvdY10# “Caro mio ben” Giordani–either Giuseppe or Tomaso depending on your source#Where would voice students be without this one? We ALL learn it# It’s often the first one assigned to a beginning voice student# However, one forgets how beautiful and affecting it can be when sung by someone more experienced# Here is Luciano Pavarotti, so we can even have the Italian unmangled for a change as well# #Go to Youtube and look up first year recitals from American kids and you’ll know what I mean by “mangle”#www#youtube#com/watch?v=sk8aLJmXw2U
Bach – Art of FugueBach – Musical OfferingBach – Well-Tempered Clavier book 1 & 2Bach – Mass in B minorBach – Toccata and Fugue in D minorBach – Passacaglia and Fugue in C minorMozart – Requiem in D minorMozart – Fugue in C Minor for Two PianosMozart – Piano Concerto in D minorMozart – Clarinet Quintet in A majorMozart – Clarinet Concerto in A majorElgar – Enigma VariationsHandel – MessiahBeethoven – Moonlight SonataHolst – The PlanetsVivaldi – The Four Seasons