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Bach Cantatas   Vol. 22

SDG 128 | 2 CD (40 tracks)

For Easter Sunday
BWV 4 / 31

For Easter Monday
BWV 66 / 6

For Easter Tuesday
BWV 134 / 145

Recorded in Eisenach

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

Soloists

Angharad Gruffydd Jones
Gillian Keith
Daniel Taylor
James Gilchrist
Stephen Varcoe

The series goes from strength to strength with Volume 22, comprising of Easter Cantatas from Eisenach where Bach spent the first ten years of his life, recorded in the church of St George where he was baptised and had been a chorister. Eisenach is where “Bach meets Luther”, with the latter also having sung here and having penned his German translations of the New Testament while confined in the Wartburg castle which overlooks the town. The performances recorded formed part of a service where the sense of Easter as the pivotal feast of the Lutheran liturgical year was palpable.

Bach’s setting of Luther’s hymn Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden, is one of his earliest cantatas, a bold and innovative piece of musical drama with, at its heart, a battle between the forces of life and death from which the risen Christ emerges as victor. In seven verses and drawing on medieval musical roots, Bach’s setting is evidence of his total identification with the spirit and letter of Luther’s fiery, dramatic hymn, and this comes across clearly in this moving performance. Alongside BWV 6 Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden” & BWV 31 Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret, this magnificent set also includes BWV 66 Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, a skilful adaptation of a lost birthday serenata for Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen, the joyous BWV 134 Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß, composed for Easter Tuesday of 1724 and the exuberant BWV 145 Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen.

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Disc 1

Track Title Duration Format
01 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 1. Sinfonia 1:25
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02 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 2. Versus I: Coro - Christ lag in Todesbanden 3:59
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03 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 3. Versus II: (Soprano, Alto) Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt 5:33
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04 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 4. Versus III: (Tenor) Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn (Tenor) 1:45
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05 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 5. Versus IV: Coro - Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg 1:48
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06 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 6. Versus V: (Bass) Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm 4:23
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07 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 7. Versus VI: (Soprano, Tenor) So feiern wir das hohe Fest (Soprano, Tenor) 1:39
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08 Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 4 8. Versus VII: Choral - Wir essen und leben wohl 1:18
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09 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 1. Sonata 2:23
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10 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 2. Coro - Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret 3:23
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11 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 3. Recitativo (Bass) Erwünschter Tag! Sei, Seele, wieder froh! 1:52
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12 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 4. Aria (Bass) Fürst des Lebens, starker Streiter 2:20
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13 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 5. Recitativo (Tenor) So stehe dann, du gottergebne Seele 1:10
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14 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 6. Aria (Tenor) Adam muss in uns verwesen 1:46
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15 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 7. Recitativo (Soprano) Weil dann das Haupt sein Glied 0:44
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16 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 8. Aria con Choral (Soprano) Letzte Stunde, brich herein 3:51
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17 Cantata "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubliieret" BWV 31 9. Choral - So fahr ich hin zu Jesus Christ 1:03
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18 Cantata "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" BWV 66 1. Coro - Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen 8:54
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19 Cantata "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" BWV 66 2. Recitativo (Bass) Es bricht das Grab und damit unsre 0:31
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20 Cantata "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" BWV 66 3. Aria (Bass) Lasset dem Höchsten ein Danklied erschallen 6:02
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21 Cantata "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" BWV 66 4. Recitativo (Dialogo) ed Arioso (Duetto) (Tenor, Alto) Bei Jesu Leben freudig sein 4:06
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22 Cantata "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" BWV 66 5. Aria (Duetto) (Alto, Tenor) Ich fürchte zwar des Grabes Finsternissen (Alto, Tenor) 7:46
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23 Cantata "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" BWV 66 6. Choral - Halleluja! Halleluja! Halleluja! 0:45
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Disc 2

Track Title Duration Format
01 Cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden" BWV 6 1. Coro - Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden 5:55
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02 Cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden" BWV 6 2. Aria (Alto) Hochgelobter Gottessohn 3:44
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03 Cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden" BWV 6 3. Choral (Soprano) Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ 3:56
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04 Cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden" BWV 6 4. Recitativo (Bass) Es hat die Dunkelheit 0:43
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05 Cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden" BWV 6 5. Aria (Tenor) Jesu, lass uns auf dich sehen (Tenor) 4:20
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06 Cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden" BWV 6 6. Choral - Beweis dein Macht, Herr Jesu Christ 0:43
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07 Cantata "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß" BWV 134 1. Recitativo (Tenor, Alto) Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß (Alto, Tenor) 0:35
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08 Cantata "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß" BWV 134 2. Aria (Tenor) Auf, Gläubige, singet die lieblichen Lieder (Tenor) 5:25
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09 Cantata "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß" BWV 134 3. Recitativo (Tenor, Alto) Wohl dir, Gott hat an dich gedacht (Alto, Tenor) 2:20
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10 Cantata "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß" BWV 134 4. Aria (Duetto) (Alto, Tenor) Wir danken und preisen dein brünstiges Lieben (Alto, Tenor) 7:06
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11 Cantata "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß" BWV 134 5. Recitiativo (Tenor, Alto) Doch würke selbst den Dank in unserm Munde (Alto, Tenor) 1:48
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12 Cantata "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß" BWV 134 6. Coro - Erschallet, ihr Himmel, erfreue dich, Erde 6:46
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13 Cantata "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen" BWV 145 1. Aria (Duetto) (Tenor, Soprano) Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen 3:31
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14 Cantata "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen" BWV 145 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Nun fordre, Moses, wie du willt 0:59
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15 Cantata "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen" BWV 145 3. Aria (Bass) Merke, mein Herze, beständig nur dies 3:05
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16 Cantata "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen" BWV 145 4. Recitativo (Soprano) Mein Jesus lebt 0:44
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17 Cantata "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen" BWV 145 5. Choral - Drum wir auch billig fröhlich sein 0:39
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