J S Bach - The Great Choral Cantatas | Rondeau ROP4046

J S Bach - The Great Choral Cantatas

Label: Rondeau

Cat No: ROP4046

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 11

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th October 2015



Thomanerchor Leipzig


Georg Christoph Biller


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV1 'Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern'
Cantata BWV3 'Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid'
Cantata BWV4 'Christ lag in todes Banden' (Easter Cantata)
Cantata BWV19 'Es erhub sich ein streit'
Cantata BWV22 'Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwolfe'
Cantata BWV23 'Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn'
Cantata BWV31 'Der himmel lacht! Die erde jubilieret'
Cantata BWV34 'O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe'
Cantata BWV36 'Schwingt freudig euch empor'
Cantata BWV37 'Wer da glaubet und getauft wird'
Cantata BWV43 'Gott fahret auf mit Jauchzen'
Cantata BWV50 'Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft'
Cantata BWV61 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
Cantata BWV62 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
Cantata BWV63 'Christen, atzet diesen Tag'
Cantata BWV65 'Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen'
Cantata BWV67 'Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ'
Cantata BWV72 'Alles nur nach Gottes Willen'
Cantata BWV74 'Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten'
Cantata BWV75 'Die Elenden sollen essen'
Cantata BWV79 'Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild'
Cantata BWV80 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'
Cantata BWV110 'Unser Mund sei voll Lachens'
Cantata BWV125 'Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin'
Cantata BWV128 'Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein'
Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
Cantata BWV172 'Erschallet, ihr Lieder'
Cantata BWV182 'Himmelskonig, sei willkommen'
Cantata BWV190 'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied'
Cantata BWV194 'Hochsterwunschtes Freudenfest'


Thomanerchor Leipzig


Georg Christoph Biller


Georg Christoph Biller, cantor at St Thomas Leipzig, has made music history: as director of St Thomasís Boys Choir Leipzig, which is renowned across the globe, he nurtured and continued Johann Sebastian Bachís musical heritage for 22 years. These ten CDs present the 30 greatest and most inspiring of Bachís choral cantatas, performed together with the Gewandhausorchester and exceptional soloists.

The bonus CD features several exclusive recordings from St Thomasís Church under the direction of Georg Christoph Biller, cantor at St Thomas emeritus - these are released here for the very first time.

Bachís cantatas comprise roughly one-fifth of his overall oeuvre Ė 150 of the 190 sacred works in this genre appeared in his time as cantor at St Thomas Leipzig between 1723 and 1726. Thematically, the series is orientated to the liturgical year, and escorts the listener from the Advent season to Christmas and Epiphany, through to Lent, Easter, Ascension Day and Whitsun. Cantatas for the Trinity Sundays, the Marian festivities as well as the feast of St Michael and the Reformation feast determine the ecclesiastical year.

The singers of St Thomasís Boys Choir sing the solo parts for soprano and alto voices in the concerts recorded live by the Deutschlandradio Kultur and Rondeau production in St Thomas Leipzig.

The Bach cantatas offer the listener a musical overview of the diversity of the genre that was obviously so close to the composerís heart. The tradition of the weekly cantata concerts is being kept alive to this day by St Thomasís Boys Choir.

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