Bach Cantatas (2007)



In 1737, at the peak of his career, Bach received a devastating public critique of his work by his former pupil, Adolph Scheibe. According to Scheibe, a son of the Enlightenment, Bachs music was confused and turgid to the extent that this excess of art bordered on the unapproachable. It seems incredible today that any such criticisms could be levelled at the greatest composer of all. And yet, given the highly-crafted art music of the Second Suite dances, the tightly structured figural density of Sinfonia BWV146, or the extreme penitentiality of Cantatas BWV199 and 82a, it is interesting that Bach remains one of the most widely popular of all classical composers. (....)

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Johannette Zomer

After several years as a microbiologist, Dutch SopranoJohannette Zomer trained at the Sweelink Conservatorium,Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel. She currently studieswith Diane Forlano.Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlowith the Nationale Reisopera and has gone on to sing Belinda– Dido & Aeneas, La Musica & Euridice – L’Orfeo,Gassman’s Opera – Seria, Dalinda – Ariodante, Ilia – Idomeneo,Pamina – Die Zauberflöte and Amanda – Le GrandeMacabre for the company. She has also sung Oberto in Alcinaat the Komische Oper. On the concert platform she has aenviable reputation as a baroque specialist working with manyof the top conductors in the field such as Ton Koopman,Frans Bru?ggen, René Jacobs, Reinhardt Goebel and PaulMcCreesh as well as collaborating for 20th century and contemporaryrepertoire with Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding,Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös. Herrecent engagements have included Bach B Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Bru?ggen, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo with the Bamberger Symfoniker/Christian Zacharias.She regularly gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd with whom she has recordedSchubert Songs for Alpha Records and is a member of the early music ensembles Compania Vocale andAntequera with whom she sings Neapolitan and Spanish baroque repertoire and medieval Cantigas.Johannette’s recent and future plans include projects of Handel and Frank Martin with the RiasKammerchor/Daniel Reuss; Bach and Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman,Handel with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Gluck and Buxtehude with The Netherlands Bach Soc


Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). The numerous residencies Florilegium have held over the years include being the first period instrument Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This Residency was for three seasons and involved the group performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall’s education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music in London, where they are responsible for coaching 18th century baroque chamber music. Their over twenty recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s cd of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine award, and bbc Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A disc of music by Pergolesi was released in May 2010 and was bbc Music Magazine’s cd choice in the vocal category in July 2010. Future recordings include Florilegium’s arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas, and a recording of Couperin’s Les Nations.

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Bach Cantatas (2007)



    International Record Review

the playing is vital, musically assertive and rewarding and is perfectly complemented by the excellent Channel Classics recording. () () Zomer partners a wonderfully perky oboe in a dance of captivating happiness and pure joy, providing a lively finish to a lovely disc.

    BBC Music Magazine

Florilegium play it with touching gentleness, a filigree of one-to-a-part strings, Ashley Solomon's soft-toned baroque flute, and Johannette Zomer subtly matching vocal tone and vibrato to every nuance of the text.

    Audiophile Addition

Excellent British Bach performed with grace and vitality. () these performers are sprightly, idiomatic, assured, and obviously relished by the players, Rarely I've heard a more sensitive 'Ich habe genug', and there are no faults to be found here. The sound is most excellent - decent spread among the instruments and speakers a lovely floating distinction that supported the soprano nicely, and a program of top quality and interest. What are you waiting for?


Johannette Zomer and the exquisite accompaniment of Florilegium, and in particular the flute-playing of Ashley Solomon. () () the sound - as one expects with Channel Classics' state of the art-super-audio recordings - aspired to a direct emotional energy, most effectively realised here in Zomer's warmly controlled middle register,

    Classic FM

Florilegium has that wonderful knack of making everything sound so intimate - and this album is no exception.

Mit Florilegium steht ihr dabei eine ambitionierte Instrumentelformation zur Seite, die ein perfekter Interpret anspruchsvoller Raritten und Entdeckungen ist. (...) (...) In der Orchestersuite phrasiert sich Ashley Solomon als Solist und liefert eine bezeugende Leistung mit differenzierter Tongebung und nuancenreichem Ausdruck ab.

    Radio WDR3

ein perfekte Balance von musikalischer Klarheit, feinsten Nuancen und beseeltem Ausdruck.

    Mirkische Allgemeine

Ich habe genug - denn davon bekommt man nie genug. Mirkische Allgemeine

een stralend voorbeeld van volmaakt gezongen sopraanpartijen en buitengewoon goed verzorgd orkestspel


De nieuwe combinatie met Johannette Zomer pakt voortreffelijk uit. Haar timbre, dat alsmaar aan warmte wint zonder hoogte te verliezen, mengt voorbeeldig. Terwijl de musici elkaar wat betreft tempi, articulatie en dynamiek prima aanvoelen. Grote klasse


Uitzonderlijk fraai en afwisselend is de opname van de cantatas Ich habe genug en Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut van sopraan Johannette Zomer bij het onvolprezen Engelse barokorkest Florilegium, dat hier ook schittert in de Orkestsuite nr. 2.


Het maakt helemaal niet uit dat we van deze muziek tientallen uitvoeringen in de kast hebben staan. Want wat wordt hier geweldig muziek gemaakt! Johannette heeft zich bij Jos van Veldhoven al bewezen als ideale Bach-vertolkster en doet dat ook hier. Dit is kortom een Bach cd om heel vaak te draaien.


packenden und spannenden BachInterpretation (...) (...) Johannette Zomer brilliert mit Ensemble Florilegium!! (...)

Bach Cantatas (2007)



Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Walter van Hauwe, Ashley Solomon
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopgezinde Kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2007
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Cantata BWV82a Ich habe genug - Aria Ich habe genug
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