Bach Cantatas Vol 13

SDG 162  |  2 CD (47 tracks)

For the First Sunday in Advent
BWV 61 / 62 / 36

For the Fourth Sunday in Advent
BWV 70 / 132 / 147

Recorded in Köln / Lüneburg

Joanne Lunn / Brigitte Geller / William Towers / Michael Chance / Jan Kobow / Dietrich Henschel

The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

"It is as powerful and effective a performance as you're likely to hear of a perennial favourite" - Gramophone

The illustrious, multi-award winning Bach Cantatas series on SDG continues with Volume 13 in the series. It features Cantatas for the first and fourth Sunday in Advent and was recorded live in December 2000.  We join John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists for a concert of Bach’s Advent cantatas, performed in the largest of the Romanesque churches in Cologne, St. Maria im Kapitol (St. Mary in the Capital).

Besides the festive allure they have in common, all three of Bach’s surviving cantatas for Advent (BWV 61, 62 and 36) display a sense of excitement at the onset of the Advent season. This is a time of anticipation and waiting, and an opportunity for congregations to turn away from all those self-absorbed feelings of guilt, fear, damnation and hellfire that dominated the final Sunday of the Trinity season. The successive stages of Advent and the different perspectives these give on Jesus’ incarnation are perhaps most clearly marked in Bach’s early version of BWV 61Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland I. The programme ends with BWV 36Schwingt freudig euch empor (Soar joyfully aloft), a large-scale work divided into two parts. The opening chorus, as befits the season, is joyous, and is described by Gardiner as a spiritual madrigal - “capricious, light-textured and deeply satisfying”.

The final European leg of the year-long pilgrimage takes us to the atmospheric Michaeliskirche in Lüneburg. The programme begins with BWV 70 Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Watch! pray! pray! watch!). We then hear one of Bach’s earliest cantatas, BWV 132Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! (Prepare the way, prepare the path), an intimate work scored for four voices, oboe, bassoon, strings and continuo consisting of two recitatives, three arias and a final chorale. The concert ends with BWV 147Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth, Deeds and Life), the best known of Bach’s reworkings of an earlier Weimar cantata. The pre-Christmas excitement is captured in the glorious opening chorus by the fanfare-like opening section for orchestra.


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Disc 1
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Cantata "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" I BWV 61
01 1. Coro (Ouverture) Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 3:07
02 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Der Heiland ist gekommen 1:25
03 3. Aria (Tenor) Komm, Jesu, jomm zu deiner Kirche 4:47
04 4. Recitativo (Bass) Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tür und klopfe an 1:10
05 5. Aria (Soprano) Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze 3:49
06 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV I 61, 6. Choral - Amen, Amen! 0:47
Cantata "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" II BWV 62
07 1. Coro - Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 4:42
08 2. Aria (Tenor) Bewundert, o Menschen, dies grosse Geheimnis 6:46
09 3. Recitativo (Bass) So geht aus Gottes Herrlichkeit und Thron 0:46
10 4. Aria (Bass) Streite, siege, starker Held! 5:39
11 5. Recitativo (Duetto) (Soprano, Alto) Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit 0:58
12 6. Choral (Duetto) Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, g'ton 0:40
Cantata "Schwingt freudig euch empor" BWV 36
13 Part I, 1. Coro - Schwingt freudig euch empor 4:10
14 Part I, 2. Choral (Soprano, Alto) Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland 3:35
15 Part I, 3. Aria (Tenor) Die Liebe zieht mit sanften Schritten 5:45
16 Part I, 4. Choral - Zwingt die Saiten in Cythara 1:20
17 Part II, 5. Aria (Bass) Willkommen, werter Schatz! 3:31
18 Part II, 6. Choral (Tenor) Der du bist dem Vater gleich 1:51
19 Part II, 7. Aria (Soprano) Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen 9:31
20 Part II, 8. Choral - Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, g'ton 0:41

Disc 2
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Cantata "Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!" BWV 70
01 Part I, 1. Coro - Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! 3:33
02 Part I, 2. Recitativo (Bass) Erschrecket, ihr verstockten Sünder! 1:18
03 Part I, 3. Aria (Alto) Wenn kömmt der Tag 4:46
04 Part I, 4. Recitativo (Tenor) Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen 0:40
05 Part I, 5. Aria (Soprano) Lasst der Spötter Zungen schmähen 2:38
06 Part I, 6. Recitativo (Tenor) Jedoch bei dem unartigen Geschlechte 0:36
07 Part I, 7. Choral - Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele 1:08
08 Part II, 8. Aria (Tenor) Hebt euer Haupt empor 3:07
09 Part II, 9. Recitativo con Choral (Bass) Ach, soll nicht dieser grosse Tag 1:34
10 Part II, 10. Aria (Bass) Seligster Erquickungstag 2:46
11 Part II, 11. Choral - Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht 0:50
Cantata "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn!" BWV 132
12 1. Aria (Soprano) Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! 5:46
13 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Willst du dich Gottes Kind 2:18
14 3. Aria (Bass) Wer bist du? 2:48
15 4. Recitaitvo (Alto) Ich will, mein Gott, dir frei heraus bekennen 1:52
16 5. Aria (Alto) Christi Glieder, ach bedenket 4:04
17 6. Choral - Ertöt uns durch dein Güte 0:51
Cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
18 Part I 1. Coro - Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben 3:48
19 Part I 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Gebenedeiter Mund! 1:41
20 Part I 3. Aria (Alto) Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht 3:29
21 Part I 4. Recitativo (Bass) Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden 1:32
22 Part I 5. Aria (Soprano) Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn 4:35
23 Part I 6. Choral - Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe 2:30
24 Part II 7. Aria (Tenor) Hilf, Jesu, hilf, dass ich auch dich bekenne 2:56
25 Part II. 8. Recitativo (Alto) Der höchsten Allmacht Wunderhand 2:17
26 Part II 9. Aria (Bass) Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen 2:42
27 Part II 10. Choral - Jesus bleibet meine Freude 2:35

Total Playing Time: 2:04:22