With the likelihood of the 2020-2021 Season of FREE Bach Cantata concerts looking increasingly remote due to the ongoing pandemic, , with generous support from its Board of Directors and Donors, has embarked on a major Bach Cantata Recording Initiative. This new enterprise will bring back the joy of the ensemble's live performances to you, our much-missed community, while extending the reach and reputation of to an international audience. Many of your favorite artists will join us for these Cantatas, which are being recorded with cutting edge audio. We intend that the Recording Initiative will continue in future seasons, even after the return of our live concerts.
The first recording sessions took place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere during the surreal, smoky days of September 9-11, 2020. Joining were three early-music superstars: our close friends Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, Reginald Mobley, alto, and very special guest Nicholas McGegan at the keyboard. With procedures in place to maintain coronavirus safety, we recorded three cantatas: BWV 84 Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, and BWV 199 Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut. To celebrate the launch of the Recording Initiative, Reggie and Sherry also collaborated in a delightful encore, the effervescent duet “Wir eilen mit schwachen” from BWV 78. The project was recorded in full Hi-Def Surround Sound by David v.R. Bowles, head of Swineshead Productions and recipient of numerous GRAMMY and JUNO nominations.
The recorded Cantatas are currently in the process of being edited. This page will soon be updated to include pre-release highlights and ultimately, the release of the full recording.
The next recording sessions are scheduled for January 5-8, 2021, when Reggie Mobley and Nic McGegan will return to complete the cycle of Bach's cantatas for solo alto. This second recording will feature BWV 54 and 169, reprising Reggie’s memorable performances with the Collective in 2017 and 2018, and the monumental BWV 35 Geist und Seele wird verwirret which includes an organ “concerto” (a two-part Sinfonia) featuring Nic at the keyboard. More information on the Recording Initiative will be forthcoming as we complete plans for the first season’s projects.