JS Bach cantatas, with Iestyn Davies
J.S. Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170; sinfonias BWV52 and BWV174
Ich habe genug BWV82 is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.
‘Directed by Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo’s strings have a beautifully firm sound, with plenty of bow and intelligent details from the lute … . If Davies again seems more focused on beauty and pathos than drama, the Sinfonias from BWV 52 and BWV 174 are pleasingly earthly, with rustic horns’ (BBC Music Magazine)