Two cantatas written by Johann Sebastian Bach for Michaelmas in 1726 and 1728/29 respectively build the framework of this recording. They tell of the Archangel Michael‘s victory over Satan. At the center of the cantata „Es erhub sich ein Streit“ is the tenor aria „Bleibt, ihr Engel“ (Stay, ye angels), which gives this recording its name.
Embedded in these two magnificent, dramatic works with timpani and trumpets are two more intimate cantatas that sing the song of peace. In the introductory Sinfonia and the two alto arias of „Gott soll allein mein Herze haben“, the organ is highlighted as a virtuoso solo instrument – perfect for the Hildebrandt organ of St. Wenzel in Naumburg, which lends a special color to this recording. The final chorale contains a message that can also be found in the subsequent solo cantata „Friede sei mit Dir“ and can be regarded as a statement of the entire program: „So that we love one another from our hearts and remain with one mind in peace“.
Recorded at the Stadtkirche Sankt Wenzel, Naumburg, in September 2018
Stay, ye angels
J. S. Bach Cantatas
Es erhub sich ein Streit, BWV 19
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169
Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158
Man singt mit Freuden vom Sieg, BWV 149
Lenneke Ruiten, soprano
Anke Vondung, alto
Benedikt Kristjánsson, tenor
Peter Harvey , bass
David Franke, organ
In this new release, the choir and orchestra of the Gaechinger Cantorey, conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, deliver an exemplary performance in all respects. The vital orchestra, the overall good soloists, the precise interplay with the church organ, the appealing interpretation of the arias and recitatives, choirs and chorales entirely in the sense of exegesis, the dancing character in the opening choir of BWV 149, the baroque brilliance of the trumpets… the Bach cantatas are so expertly interpreted and so rich in content and sound that after 73 minutes and 49 seconds one would like to treat oneself to a da capo. — pizzicato, Supersonic