Tue Rechnung, Donnerwort

(Make a reck’ning! Thund’rous word) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, oboe d’amore I+II, bassoon, strings and continuo The cantata “Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort” (Make a reck’ning! Thunderous word), probably performed for the first time in 1725, numbers among Bach’s most dramatic compositions. Indeed, the work adopts an arresting tone from the opening phrase: in a … Read More

Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit

(What my God will, be done alway) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, oboe I+II, bassoon, strings and continuo The cantata “Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit” (What my God will be done always) was composed for the Third Sunday after Epiphany in 1725. With its sustained thematic treatment of the chorale … Read More

Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn

(Lord Christ, the only Son of God) for soprano, alto, tenor and bass, vocal ensemble, trombone, flauto piccolo, transverse flute, oboe I+II, bassoon, strings and continuo Cantata 96 on Elisabeth Cruciger’s hymn “Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn” (Lord Christ, the only son of God) opens with an introductory chorus in a style reminiscent of Christmas … Read More