(We give thee thanks, God, we give thee thanks) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, trumpets I-III, percussion, bassoon I+II, strings, organo obbligato and continuo The annual service on St Bartholomew’s Day to inaugurate the new town council numbered among the highlights of the festive calendar in Leipzig. Despite Bach’s turbulent relationship to … Read More
(What God doth, that is rightly done) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, horn, transverse flute, oboe d‘amore, strings and continuo Written for 17 September 1724, BWV 99 belongs to the substantial chorale cantata cycle of 1724/25, and is one of three cantatas all beginning with the same hymn. While it may be … Read More
(O welcome light of joy) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, transverse flute I+II, strings and continuo
(Deck thyself, O soul beloved) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, recorder I+II, flute, oboe, oboe da caccia, bassoon, strings and continuo. The two great Bach experts Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn must have mused one day over Bach’s famous organ chorale “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele” (BWV 654). As later recalled by … Read More
(O fire everlasting, O fountain of loving) for alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, trumpets I–III, timpani, flauto traverso I+II, oboe I+II, bassoon, strings, organ and harpsichord. The Pentecost cantata “O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe” (O fire everlasting, o fountain of loving) BWV 34, is particularly concise in construction despite its magnificent high-day … Read More
(Thou, very God and David’s son) Version in C minor for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, oboe I+II, bassoon, strings and continuo.