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Bach: Ich Elender Mensch - Leipzig Cantatas

Bach / Collegium Vocale Gent / Herreweghe
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Phi   Catalog #: 12   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachJohann Schelle
Performer:  Thomas HobbsDorothee MieldsPeter Kooy
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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BACH Cantatas Nos. 48, 73, 44, 109 & Philippe Herreweghe, cond; Dorothee Mields (sop); Damien Guillon (ct); Thomas Hobbs (ten); Peter Kooij (bs); Collegium Vocale Gent (period instruments) PHI LPH 012 (68:30 Text and Translation)


& SCHELLE Komm, Jesu, komm


First, let’s satisfy your insatiable curiosity. Johann Schelle Read more (1648–1701) was Bach’s predecessor once removed at Leipzig. Schelle served the Thomaskirche as Kantor from 1677 until his death in 1701. He also had the distinction of having sung under Heinrich Schütz in Dresden. The Harvard Biographical Dictionary credits him with introducing the Gospel cantata and the chorale cantata to Leipzig, but little of his music is extant. He was succeeded by Johann Kuhnau (1660–1722), who is best known unfortunately and unfairly for dying, thus leaving the vacancy ultimately filled by Bach in 1723. According to HBD, Kuhnau encountered difficulties in his later years in Leipzig, but his compositions were well regarded in his day. Schelle is represented on this disc by a brief (4:14) funeral motet.


Although Philippe Herreweghe’s recordings of Bach’s major choral works and his forays into the cantata repertory are universally admired, he hasn’t committed himself to record a comprehensive edition of the cantatas. He has preferred to approach the repertory at a slower pace, recording individual discs built around themes. The present disc is one, but its theme, Leipzig Cantatas, seems a little broad. It’s not. In assembling the program Herreweghe has indentified three basic compositional patterns in the cantatas and chosen one of each from the first Leipzig cycle and appended another that does not follow any of the three structural models. It’s all very interesting, but if it strikes you as being a bit too analytical for comfort, let me assure you that it will have no affect on your enjoyment of these superb performances.


With his mounting discography, is Herreweghe apt to become a stealth completist? Would that he were, but it may take a while. He’s a little than a quarter of the way through the list, and he’s on his third label (Harmonia Mundi, Virgin and, now, Phi). But don’t forget that his Collegium Vocale provided the choral contingent for most of Gustav Leonhardt’s share of the Teldec series. He knows his way around the cantatas, and it shows.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlösen vom Leibe dieses Todes, BWV 48 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thomas Hobbs (), Dorothee Mields ()
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thomas Hobbs (), Peter Kooy ()
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben!, BWV 109 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Komm, Jesu, komm by Johann Schelle
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Dorothee Mields (), Thomas Hobbs ()
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Ich elender Mensch (Chorus)
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Recitative: O Schmerz, o Elend, so mich trifft (Alto)
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Chorale: Solls ja so sein, dass Straf und Pein (Chorus)
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Aria: Ach, lege das Sodom der sundlichen Glieder (Alto)
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Recitative: Hier aber tut des Heilands Hand (Tenor)
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Aria: Vergibt mir Jesus meine Sunden (Tenor)
Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48: Chorale: Herr Jesu Christ, einiger Trost (Chorus)
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73: Chorus and recitative: Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir (Tenor, Bass, Soprano)
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73: Aria: Ach senke doch den Geist der Freuden (Tenor)
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73: Recitative: Ach, unser Wille bleibt verkehrt (Bass)
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73: Aria: Herr, so du willt (Bass)
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73: Chorale: Das ist des Vaters Wille (Chorus)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Aria Duet: Sie werden euch in den Bann tun (Tenor, Bass)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Es kommt aber die Zeit (Chorus)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Aria: Christen mussen auf der Erden (Alto)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Chorale: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (Tenor)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Recitative: Es sucht der Antichrist (Bass)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Aria: Es ist und bleibt der Christen Trost (Soprano)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44: Chorale: So sei nun, Seele, deine (Chorus)
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109: Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinen Unglauben (Chorus)
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109: Recitative: Des Herren Hand ist ja noch nicht verkurzt (Tenor)
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109: Aria: Wie zweifelhaftig ist mein Hoffen (Tenor)
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109: Recitative: O fasse dich, du zweifelhafter Mut (Alto)
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109: Aria: Der Heiland kennet ja die Seinen (Alto)
Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109: Chorale: Wer hofft in Gott und dem vertraut (Chorus)
Komm, Jesu, komm, mein Leib ist mude

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