This complete series of Bach's cantatas was recorded over a period of 18 years beginning in 1971 and ending in 1990. Gustav Leonhardt and Nikolaus Harnoncourt jointly undertook the ambitious project to record all Bach's sacred cantatas. It marked the first time that the complete series had been recorded. Treble soloists from three different boys choirs were also used: Hannover Boys Choir, the Tolz Boys Choir, and the Vienna Boys Choir. In the earlier volumes, some of the soloists were not named. This was because the policy of the Vienna Boys Choir at the time was to not single out individuals. Later, it was argued that the boys should be credited in order to build a resume for their later musical careers, and names began to appear.
The recordings were originally released on 47 LP albums, each containing two LPs. The first CD edition mirrored the original LP edition, where each CD corresponded to an album. The edition listed below is the second CD release, which consisted of 10 CD volumes with 6 CDs in each volume.
Bach: Das Kantatenwerk: Sacred Cantata CollectionMichael EmmermannStefan GiengerJan Patrick O'FarrellAlexander RaymannHans StrickerHelmut Wittek BWV 183-199, Recorded 1988-1989
BWV 183.4 Aria, Helmut Wittek
BWV 184.2 Aria (Duet), Alexander Raymann
BWV 185.1 Aria (Duet), Helmut Wittek
BWV 186.8 Aria, 10 Aria (Duet), Helmut Wittek
BWV 187.5 Aria, 6 Recitative, Michael Emmermann
BWV 188.5 Recitative, Helmut Wittek
BWV 192.2 Duet, Helmut Wittek
BWV 194.4,5,9,10 Hans Stricker, Stefan Gienger
BWV 195.3 Aria, 4 Recitative, Jan Patrick O'Farrell
BWV 196.3 Aria, Helmut Wittek
BWV 197.7 Recitative, 8 Aria, Jan Patrick O'Farrell
BWV 198.2 Recitative, 3 Aria, Jan Patrick O'Farrell
BWV 199 (Soprano parts recorded by female soprano)
Bach: Das Kantatenwerk: Sacred Cantata CollectionWalter GampertPeter HinterreiterPeter Jelosits BWV 1-19, Recorded 1971-1972.
BWV 1.3 Aria, Aria, Peter Jelosits
BWV 3.5 Soprano/Alto Duet
BWV 4.3 Duet, 7 Aria (Duet)
BWV 5.6 Recitative
BWV 6.3 Chorale
BWV 8.5 Recitative
BWV 9.5 Soprano/Alto Duet
BWV 10.2 Aria
BWV 11.10 Aria
BWV 13.4 Recitative, Walter Gampert
BWV 14.2 Aria, Peter Hinterreiter
BWV 17.3 Aria
BWV 18.3 Recitative & Chorale, 4 Soprano Aria
BWV 19.3 Aria, 6 Recitative Peter Jelosits is only credited as the soprano soloist in Vols. 3 & 4 of the Harnoncourt/Leonhardt series of Bach's sacred cantatas recorded in the 1970s for Teldec, ie. Nos. 43-68 as detailed elsewhere. However, he is probably the anonymous Vienna Choirboy in Cantatas Nos. 5-6-11-17-18-19. His distinctive very full and brilliant toned richly coloured voice with accurate intonation is surely heard here. The only reservation is that some top notes are a little "tight".