Bach Cantatas Vol 2

SDG 165  |  2 CD (48 tracks)

For the Second Sunday after Trinity
BWV 2 / 10 / 76

For the Third Sunday after Trinity
BWV 21 / 135 / 1044

Recorded in Paris / Zürich

Lisa Larsson / Katharine Fuge / Daniel Taylor / Robin Tyson / James Gilchrist / Vernon Kirk /
Stephen Varcoe / Jonathan Brown
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

"…benchmarks in the performance of Bach’s endlessly inventive choral music." - Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday

Volume 2 in the Bach Cantata series, featuring Cantatas for the second and third Sunday after Trinity, recorded live in July 2000. Performing to an audience of more than 1200, we join John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists at the halfway point of their Bach Cantata pilgrimage for a concert in one of the great architectural landmarks of Catholic Europe, the Basilique Saint-Denis (Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis).

Featuring internationally acclaimed soloists including James Gilchrist, Lisa Larsson, Daniel Taylor and Stephen Varcoe, the programme opens with BWV 2 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (Oh God, look down from Heaven), a chorale cantata based upon Martin Luther's German hymn adaptation of Psalm 12. The psalm describes how easily man is led astray by heresy and Bach deals with such grim subject matter by resorting to composing in an archaic motet style. The result is austere beauty and has the engrossing quality of ritualised worship. Then follows BWV 10 Meine Seel erhebt den Herren (My soul doth magnify the Lord), the fifth work in Bach's second Leipzig cantata cycle, and Schütz's superb motet Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling of God in glory). Published in 1648 and dedicated to the choir of St Thomas in Leipzig, the latter is a motet that John Eliot remembers fondly, since it is a work he has known since he was six and he can still hear his father's ringing tenor declaiming its powerful text. The concert ends with Bach's prodigious cantata, BWV 76 Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, a lengthy and complex bipartite cantata, comprising fourteen movements and divided into two equal parts.

We then head to Zürich to hear John Eliot and his Monteverdi forces perform within the stunning Fraumünster Kirche, distinctive for its slender, blue spire. They open with the two-part Weimar Cantata BWV 21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (I had much affliction), considered to be ' of the most extraordinary and inspired of Bach's vocal works', as stated by John Eliot Gardiner in his booklet note. BWV 135 Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder (O, Lord, I poor sinner) follows. With only two cantatas for this Sunday in existence, the concert ends with Bach's so-called Triple Concerto, BWV 1044 (Concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord). Despite its similarity to Brandenburg Concerto No.5, it seems to inhabit a different stylistic milieu to that of Bach's other concerti - one much close to that of his eldest sons.


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Disc 1
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Cantata "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" BWV 2
01 1. Coro (Choral) Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein 3:53
02 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Sie lehren eitel falsche List 1:06
03 3. Aria (Alto) Tilg, o Gott, die Lehren 3:24
04 4. Recitativo (Bass) Die Armen sind verstört 1:46
05 5. Aria (Tenor) Durchs Feuer wird das Silber rein 5:05
06 6. Choral - Das wollst du, Gott, bewahren rein 1:01
Cantata "Meine Seel erhebt den Herren" BWV 10
07 1. Coro (Choral) Meine Seel erhebt den Herren 3:24
08 2. Aria (Soprano) Herr, der du stark und mächtig bist 5:40
09 3. Revitativo (Tenor) Des Höchsten Güt und Treu 1:10
10 4. Aria (Bass) Gewaltige stösst Gott vom Stuhl 2:18
11 5. Duetto con Choral (Alto, Tenor) Er denket der Barmherzigkeit 2:24
12 6. Recitativo (Tenor) Was Gott den Vätern alter Zeiten 2:23
13 7. Choral - Lob und Preis sei Gott dem Vater und dem Sohn 1:00
14 Heinrich Schütz - "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" SWV 386 4:19
Cantata "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" BWV 76
15 I. Teil 1. Coro - Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes 3:49
16 I. Teil 2. Recitativo (Tenor) So lässt sich Gott nicht unbezeuget! 1:37
17 I. Teil 3. Aria (Soprano) Hört, ihr Völker, Gottes Stimme 5:47
18 I. Teil 4. Recitativo (Bass) Wer aber hört 0:39
19 I. Teil 5. Aria (Bass) Fahr hin, abgöttische Zunft! 3:16
20 I. Teil 6. Recitativo (Alto) Du hast uns, Herr, von allen Strassen 1:42
21 I. Teil 7. Choral - Es woll uns Gott genädig sein 2;20
22 II. Teil 8. Sinfonia 2:31
23 II. Teil 9. Recitativo (Bass) Gott segne noch die treue Schar 0:55
24 II. Teil 10. Aria (Tenor) Hasse nur, hasse mich recht 2:46
25 II. Teil 11. Recitativo (Alto) Ich fühle schon im Geist 1:11
26 II. Teil 12. Aria (Alto) Liebt, ihr Christen, in der Tat! 3:58
27 II. Teil 13. Recitativo (Tenor) So soll die Christenheit 0:56
28 II. Teil 14. Choral - Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich 2:21

Disc 2
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Cantata "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" BWV 21
01 I. Teil 1. Sinfonia 3:14
02 I. Teil 2. Coro - Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis in meinem Herzen 3:41
03 I. Teil 3. Aria (Soprano) Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not 4:31
04 I. Teil 4. Recitativo (Soprano) Wie hast du dich, mein Gott 1:26
05 I. Teil 5. Aria (Tenor) Bäche von gesalznen Zähren 5:12
06 I. Teil 6. Coro - Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele 3:11
07 II. Teil 7. Recitativo (Soprano, Bass) Ach Jesu, meine Ruh 1:29
08 II. Teil 8. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Bass) Komm, mein Jesu, und erquicke 4:25
09 II. Teil 9. Coro con Choral - Sei nun wieder zufrieden 6:18
10 II. Teil 10. Aria (Tenor) Erfreue dich, Seele, erfreue dich, Herze 2:45
11 II. Teil 11. Coro - Das Lamm, das erwürget ist 3:05
Cantata "Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder" BWV 135
12 1. Coro (Choral) Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder 5:05
13 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Ach heile mich, du Arzt der Seelen 0:51
14 3. Aria (Tenor) Tröste mir, Jesu, mein Gemüte 2:56
15 4. Recitativo (Alto) Ich bin von Seufzen müde 1:02
16 5. Aria (Bass) Weicht, all ihr Übeltäter 2:41
17 6. Choral - Ehr sei ins Himmels Throne 1:02
Concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord BWV 1044 in A minor
18 1. Allegro 8:42
19 2. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce 5:15
20 3. Alla breve 6:33

Total Playing Time: 2:26:54