Elizabeth Watts, soprano. The English Concert. Harry Bicket, conductor.
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One of the finest British sopranos to come on the scene in the last decade offers complete performances of Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut and Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, along with a selection of arias from some of Bach's other cantatas in this Gramophone "Editor's Recording of the Month."
"A most rewarding and satisfying disc in which an excellent band of players under a superb director are crowned by a voice of real magic."—International Record Review
"There are silvery high notes and dusky low ones, rapid passagework and floated sustained tones, plus introspection and exuberance—all delivered with well-justified confidence. Watts is neither reluctant nor embarrassed to use her vibrato. She is at her best in Cantata 199, where her journey from abject self-loathing ('My heart swims in blood') to joyful acceptance ('How joyful is my heart') is utterly convincing and natural. The four arias, well chosen for their variety, are welcome supplements to the two cantatas…. Oboist Katharina Spreckelsen and trumpeter Mark Bennett are outstanding collaborators."—Fanfare