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J.S. Bach - Secular Cantatas, Vol. 6 (BWV 198, 53, 1083)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Robin Blaze
Joanne Lunn
Carolyn Sampson
Gerd Türk
Dominik Wörner
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2181 SACD
EAN 7318599921815
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2016
Total time 78'55


Although Bach's sacred cantatas span a huge expressive range and display a striking stylistic diversity, they were all composed for performance during a church service. In the case of the secular cantatas, on the other hand, their respective purpose is as varied as their subject matter and emotional content. They were usually commissions intended for occasions such as weddings, funerals and birthdays. As such they were sometimes performed in churches, and some of them have religious texts, but as the works gathered here exemplify, they were not related to the particular theme of the church service on a certain day. The cantata BWV 198, often called the Trauerode (funeral ode) was performed at an imposing ceremony in Leipzig's Paulinerkirche in 1727, held in order to mark the passing of Christiane Eberhardine, wife of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. The work adopts a suitably elevated style, but the text is resolutely secular, containing neither Bible quotations nor hymns. (A few years later, much of the music from the cantata did find its way into a thoroughly sacred context, however, as Bach reused it in his now lost St Mark Passion.) Compared to BWV 198, the circumstances surrounding Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, are far more uncertain: why Bach at a late stage in his life (around 1746) decided to make an arrangement of Pergolesi's famous Stabat mater isn't known. In the case of the Pergolesi arrangement, the text is religious – a German paraphrase of the penitential Psalm 51 replaces the medieval sequence about Mary mourning Christ at the cross – but the work doesn't seem to have had any liturgical purpose. Bach's arrangement of this sequence of duets and arias for soprano and alto offers an intriguing opportunity to hear the ‘new music’ of the 1730’s, filtered through the sensibility of the great master of a style which was already becoming a thing of the past.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl, BWV 198 33'26
01 1. [Chorus]. Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl … 5'40
02 2. Recitativo (Soprano). Dein Sachsen, dein bestürztes Meißen … 1'32
03 3. Aria (Soprano). Verstummt, verstummt, ihr holden Saiten! … 3'46
04 4. Recitativo (Alto). Der Glocken bebendes Getön … 0'51
05 5. Aria (Alto). Wie starb die Heldin so vergnügt! … 7'10
06 6. Recitativo (Tenore). Ihr Leben ließ die Kunst zu sterben … 1'10
07 7. Chorus. An dir, du Fürbild großer Frauen … 1'57
08 8. [Aria] (Tenore). Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus … 3'40
09 9. Recitativo (Basso). Was Wunder ists? Du bist es wert … 2'17
10 10. Chorus ultimus. Doch, Königin! du stirbest nicht … 5'23
 
  Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, BWV 53
11 Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, aria, BWV 53 7'00
 
  Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (Psalm 51), BWV 1083 37'16
12 Versus 1 (Soprano, Alto). Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden … 4'22
13 Versus 2 (Soprano). Ist mein Herz in Missetaten … 2'07
14 Versus 3 (Soprano, Alto). Missetaten, die mich drücken … 2'29
15 Versus 4 (Alto). Dich erzürnt mein Tun und Lassen … 1'59
16 Versus 5 (Soprano, Alto). Wer wird seine Schuld verneinen … 2'11
17 Versus 6 (Soprano, Alto). Siehe! ich bin in Sünd empfangen … 0'43
18 Versus 7 (Soprano). Sieh, du willst die Wahrheit haben … 2'49
19 Versus 8 (Alto). Wasche mich doch rein von Sünden … 2'00
20 Versus 9 (Soprano, Alto). Lass mich Freud und Wonne spüren … 2'18
21 Versus 10 (Soprano, Alto). Schaue nicht auf meine Sünden … 5'53
22 Versus 11 (Alto). Öffne Lippen, Mund und Seele … 3'29
23 Versus 12 (Soprano, Alto). Denn du willst kein Opfer haben … 3'09
24 Versus 13 (Soprano, Alto). Lass dein Zion blühend dauern … 1'51
25 Versus 14 (Soprano, Alto). Amen 1'56
 
  Album total 78'55
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
SopranoLunn, Joanne
Sampson, Carolyn
AltoBlaze, Robin
TenorTurk (Türk), Gerd
BassWörner, Dominik

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