BACH and the liturgical year

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BACHThis is Shannon’s third recording for Analekta. After their widely praised recording of works by Mondonville, Shannon and Luc Beauséjour have once again teamed up for a CD featuring Bach’s works for soprano and harpsichord based on the liturgical year.

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Shannon Mercer, soprano
Luc Beauséjour, orgue / organ
Washington McClain, hautbois baroque et de chasses / oboe, oboe da caccia
Nicole Trotier, violon baroque / baroque violin
Amanda Keesmaat, violoncelle baroque / baroque cello

Release date: 2008 Analekta
Album ID: AN 2 9907

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

1.    Aria Flösst mein Heiland, flösst dein Namen (BWV 248)   5:16   speaker.gif (1044 bytes) LISTEN HERE

2.    Choral Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (BWV 1091)  2:40
3.    Aria Jesus soll mein erstes Wort (BWV 171)  4:44
4.    Aria Ich Bin Vergnügt Um Meinem Leiden (BWV 58)  4:20

5.    Aria Ich esse mit Freuden (BWV 84)  4:29   speaker.gif (1044 bytes) LISTEN HERE

6.    Choral Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein (BWV 734)   2:16
7.    Aria Erfüllet, ihr himmlischen (BWV 1)  4:23
8.    Choral Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott (BWV 721)  4:24
9.    Choral Christ ist erstanden (BWV 746)  1:42
10.   Fughetta manualiter super Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot (BWV 679)  2:02
11.   Choral Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (BWV 706)  1:16
12.   Aria Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not (BWV 21)  4:13
13.   Aria Gott Versorget Alles Leben (BWV 187)  4:17
14.   Choral Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 683)  1:15

15.   Aria Komm in mein Herzenshaus (BWV 80)  3:27   LISTEN HERE

16.   Aria Gerechter Gott, ach, rechnest du? (BWV 89)  2:12
17.   Fughetta manualiter Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 699)   1:14
18.   Choral In dulci jubilo (BWV 751)  1:53
19.   Fughetta manualiter Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (BWV 701)   1:37
20.   Aria Ich ende behende (BWV 57)  4:18

"To lead us through the year with joy and heartfelt celebration, a voice as light as a breeze, light as a fairy and luminous as an angel graces this repertoire along with a suitably heavenly ensemble." (Wholenote June 2008)

"This young Canadian singer's voice gets more luminous and her artistry gains more depth with each outing." (Toronto Star, 22 April 2008)

"Three Bach CD's among an avalanche of releases, of which are several recordings of the complete cantatas. The recording of arias by soprano Shannon Mercer attracts attention for the luminosity of her vocal timbre and the refined accompanying of Luc Beauséjour." (Le Devoir, 18 April 2008)