Johann Sebastian Bach - cantatas: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (BWV 202), Ich habe genug (BWV 82a), Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51)
Martina Janková - soprano, Collegium 1704, conductor Václav Luks
The soprano Martina Janková, a Zurich Opera soloist since 1998, has been a frequent guest of the Salzburg Festival and worked with conductors of such renown as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Fedoseyev, Herreweghe, Rattle, etc. She also participated in Gardiner's acclaimed Bach Cantatas project. On the present recording, Janková returns to the Bach repertoire alongside the distinguished Czech Baroque ensemble Collegium 1704, conducted by Václav Luks. Their different purposes (the first being a wedding cantata, the other two sacred works) notwithstanding, the three cantatas featured on the album have something in common: each of them in a way treats one of the possible forms of joy. Bach's musical world is close to Martina Janková's sensibility and voice - both in virtuoso coloratura passages (Jauchzet Gott) and fine expressive nuances (Ich habe genug). The live recording further augments the immediate experience with encountering Bach's beautiful and inimitablemusic.
The world of Bach's cantatas through Martina Janková's voice - brilliant, colourful, lush…
“Jankova has a pleasing voice – at best exhibiting some real quality, especially as Weichet nur progresses…[she] exhibits genuine warmth and coloratura in Jauchzet. Indeed, roulades of semiquavers present few obstacles to her…Collegium 1704 perform with enduring discipline and no little vitality.“ Gramophone, September 2013