JS Bach - Secular Cantatas Vol.6 | BIS BIS2181

JS Bach - Secular Cantatas Vol.6

£12.30

Usually available for despatch within 2-3 working days

Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2181

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st April 2016

Contents

Artists

Joanne Lunn (soprano)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Gerd Turk (tenor)
Dominik Worne (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan

Conductor

Masaaki Suzuki

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV53 'Schlage doch, gewunschte Stunde' (Georg Melchior Hoffmann)
Cantata BWV198 'Lass, Furstin, lass noch einen Strahl' (Trauerode)
Psalm 51 from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater 'Tilge, Hochster meine Sunden', BWV1083

Artists

Joanne Lunn (soprano)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Gerd Turk (tenor)
Dominik Worne (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan

Conductor

Masaaki Suzuki

About

Although Bach's sacred cantatas span a huge expressive range and display a striking stylistic diversity, they were all composed for church service. In the case of the secular cantatas, on the other hand, their respective purpose is as varied as their subject matter and emotional content. They were usually commissions intended for occasions such as weddings, funerals and birthdays. As such they were sometimes performed in churches, and some of them have religious texts, but as the works gathered here show, they were not related to the particular theme of the church service on a certain day.

The cantata BWV 198, often called the Trauerode (funeral ode) was performed at an imposing ceremony in Leipzig's Paulinerkirche in 1727, held in order to mark the passing of Christiane Eberhardine, wife of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. Compared to BWV 198, the circumstances surrounding Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, are far more uncertain: why Bach at a late stage in his life (around 1746) decided to make an arrangement of Pergolesi's famous Stabat mater isn't known. In the case of the Pergolesi arrangement, the text is religious – a German paraphrase of the penitential Psalm 51 replaces the medieval sequence about Mary mourning Christ at the cross – but the work doesn't seem to have had any liturgical purpose.

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here