Artist: Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55
Title: Bach, J.S.: Une cantate imaginaire
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 01:19:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Universal Music Division

For her new album Une cantate imaginaire, Nathalie Stutzmann has imagined an “ideal” cantata based on the most beautiful music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, including vocal arias of course, but also instrumental pieces and even chorales. Arias of gallantry or tenderness, anger, love, fear or despair… every register of expression comes together in her “Cantate imaginaire”, giving birth to an entirely work with an album constructed in a single, continuous breath. An emotional Gem.

Stutzmann performs as soloist and director, imbuing these accounts with personality and vision. Her contralto is distinctive — at once voluptuous and androgynous, with an impressively wide range and sure technique . . . Stutzmann really captures the sublime quality of Bach’s sacred music, and the instrumentalists of Orfeo 55 shape the contours and paint the colours of his counterpoint with eloquent grace. The pristine recording throws the details into high relief. – BBC Music Magazine (London) / 01. March 2013


  1. Sinfonia (Cantate ‘Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats’ BWV42) – 5:09
  2. ‘Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sünder’ (Cantate ‘Freue dich, erlöste Schar!’ BWV30) – 4:41
  3. ‘Getrost!’ (Cantate ‘Ich freue mich in dir’ BWV133) – 3:42
  4. Aria (Suite pour orchestre No. 3, BWV1068) – 5:24
  5. ‘Bist du bei mir’ (Livre de musique d’Anna Magdalena Bach BWV508) – 3:44
  6. Sinfonia (Cantate ‘Ich liebe den Höchsten vom ganze Gemüte’ BWV174) – 5:30
  7. Sinfonia (Cantate ‘Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis’ BWV21) – 2:58
  8. ‘Nichts kann mich erretten’ (Cantate ‘Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten’ BWV74) – 5:02
  9. ‘Wir furchtsam wankten meine Schritte’ (Cantate ‘Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ BWV33) – 9:26
  10. Sinfonia (Cantate ‘Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt’ BWV18) – 3:09
  11. ‘Erbarme dich’ (Passion selon Saint Matthieu BWV244) – 7:01
  12. Sinfonia (Cantate ‘Christ lag in Todens Banden’ BWV4) – 1:40
  13. ‘Stirb in mir, Welt und alle deine Liebe’ (Cantate ‘Gott soll allein mein Herze haben’ BWV169) – 4:41
  14. ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ (Cantate ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ BWV191) – 5:30
  15. ‘Jesus ist ein guter Hirt’ (Cantate ‘Ich bin ein guter Hirt’ BWV85) – 3:25
  16. Sinfonia (Cantate ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’ BWV182) – 1:55
  17. ‘Vergiss mein nicht, mein allerliebster Gott’ (Livre de musique d’Anna Magdalena Bach BWV505) – 2:49
  18. ‘Jesus bleibet meine Freude’ (Cantate ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ BWV147) – 4:00