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Best of the available Cantatas- my new favorite

This is a crisp and full sounding production; well enunciated voices with rich baritones and light on the basso continuo. The soprano in Cantata 51 Aria makes Kathleen Battle's voice seem tinny by comparison, and I am a Battle fan. This soprano's voice control is equal to or better than Battle's and her voice is fuller and rounder. The "Sleepers Awake" of Cantata 140 is of medium tempo; my preference is slower and more "mysterious", but this is a clear and inspiring interpretation. The crispness and clarity of the voices and instruments in this production do more than others that I've heard to elucidate the underlying Lutheran hymns and bring out the true craft of Bach's exacting and complex layered polyphony. The voices are warm and intimate. Play it loudly on good speakers and you will be transported... Every year or so one CD recording captures my attention and gets exclusive play for several months, then becomes one of my all-time favorites thereafter, like comfort food for the ear. This CD is my pleasant surprise of 2009. It's a recession beater in content and in price.


Wonderful quality and performance. And $11.99 for 43 songs is a great deal!!

Masterful Production

Without getting technical, this production is satisfying, delightful and perfectly recorded. The compositions, voices and virtuosity combine to create a masterpiece!


Born: April 22, 1944 in New York, NY

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

b. 22 April 1944, New York, New York, USA. A pianist, musicologist, arranger and conductor, Rifkin was instrumental in reviving interest in the important composer of ragtime music, Scott Joplin. During the 60s, Rifkin studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York University, Gottingen University and Princeton; and worked on composition with Karl-Heinz Stockhausen in Darmstadt. At the same time, he played ragtime and piano jazz, and recorded for Elektra Records as a member of the Even Dozen Jug...
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J.S. Bach: 6 Favourite Cantatas, Joshua Rifkin
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 09, 1997

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