Audio Video Club of Atlanta
, March 2014
The cantata, whose title Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben can be translated “Heart and mouth and deed and life [must bear witness to Christ]” was written for a joyous occasion, the Feast of the Visitation of Mary.
The present recording features the splendid voices of soprano Andrea Lauren Brown, alto Olivia Vermeulen, tenor Julian Pregardien, and baritone Sebastian Noack. The solo arias for alto and soprano are accompanied by the rich sounds of oboe d’amore and violin, respectively, and the bass aria Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen (I will sing of the miracles of Jesus) by the full orchestra.
The Magnificat, the famous canticle of Mary, Magnificat anima mea Dominum (My soul doth magnify the Lord) is also appropriate for the Feast of the Visitation and is even more impressive in its instrumentation…
The present offering is…quite treasurable for the glorious account of BWV 147, one of the finest cantatas in the entire Bach canon. © 2014 Audio Video of Atlanta Read complete review