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John Miller
SA-CD.net, July 2014

Suzuki’s scholastic preparation and direction for these Secular Cantata volumes receive the same care, inventiveness and insight as in the Lutheran volumes, and the accumulated experience of his musical teams often throws some new light on this relatively unpopular music for one-off occasions.

…these are fine performances…and collectors of the BIS Bach Cantatas series will certainly add it to their shelves. Otherwise, buy it for its magnificent Baroque style and sound—or at least, try out that Quadlibet! © 2014 SA-CD.net Read complete review



Mark Sealey
MusicWeb International, September 2013

The blend between sensitive instrumental playing and thoughtful yet never self-important singing is one of the strengths of these performances. They become memorable long after they’re over because Suzuki has struck the right balance between revealing Bach as someone responding to a request and a musician in love with the art for its own sake. This is due in no small part to a completely internalised yet quite spontaneous animation which Suzuki—who also plays organ continuo—pulls effortlessly from the music at every turn. At the same time, he brings out the character and personality of Bach’s writing…

If you’ve been delighted by the BIS cycle, you’ll want to get this latest release. If you are curious about the Bach who rose to every occasion, and was apparently able to greet diversion with as much of a smile as he did momentousness, these four works are so well performed that they will surely delight as much as Bach must have intended them to do. © MusicWeb International Read complete review






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