Reviews 2017

Reviews 2017: (US) Opera Today Review: "Matthias Goerne: Bach Cantatas for Bass" (by Jack Pepper, 03 Sep 2017))

Contributed by admin on Sep 10, 2017

"In this new release for Harmonia Mundi, German baritone Matthias Goerne presents us with two gems of Bach’s cantata repertoire, with the texts of both BWV 56 and 82 exploring one’s sense of hope in death.  Goerne adeptly interprets the paradoxical combination of hope and despair that underpins these works, deploying a graceful lyricism alongside a richer, darker bass register. ...

... The highlight of BWV 56 is, for me, the aria ‘Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch’ (At last, at last, my yoke); speaking of the hope found in passing into God’s hands in death, the text describes becoming an “eagle”, finding “strength in the Lord”." ...

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