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John Greene, August 2013

Having very favorably reviewed several earlier installments of the Bach Collegium Japan’s now near-complete cycle of Bach cantatas, listening to this 52nd volume is a delight. Throughout this project’s 15-plus years, director Masaaki Suzuki has demonstrated an uncanny intuition and understanding of Bach’s genius, achieving a seamless interrelationship between instrumentalists and soloists that just seems so right, spot-on, perfect. The performances of these three mature Leipzig cantatas are likewise on the highest level, and regardless of how familiar you may be with the many other recordings of these works, any Bach or Baroque enthusiast would do well to add this outstanding BIS offering to their collection. © Read complete review

Choir & Organ, May 2013

This is a fine CD containing two famous cantatas, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) and Wir danken dir, Gott (BWV 112). The team of international soloists gives beautifully stylish accounts of the recitatives and arias, and the well-disciplined orchestra is punctilious in their phrasing and in their treatment of dynamics. There is some splendidly lively solo organ playing in the Sinfonia of BWV 29, with only some approximate trumpet intonation in the background. The opening instrumental ritornello of Wachet auf is perfectly paced. © 2013 Choir & Organ

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