W.F. Bach: Cantatas

W.F. Bach: Cantatas
Composer Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Artist Rheinische Kantorei
Das Kleine Konzert
Hermann Max conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94256
EAN code 5028421942568
Release October 2011

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Of Johann Sebastien Bach’s many children, three were composers of genius – C.P.E, J.C and W.F. Wilhelm Friedrich remains the least understood, least known, and was possibly the most gifted of the three. He studied under his father, and it is thought that the Goldberg Variations were composed to show of his eldest son’s keyboard virtuosity. W.F was however a restless soul, who eventually abandoned music altogether. In 1750 it was W.F who managed his father estate after his death, and he had to sell off his father’s manuscripts to settle debts.

His life was one of disorder, and although he managed to obtain several good positions, he fell into poverty, and ill health followed. It is possible that his last pupil was Sarah Itzig Levy, great aunt of Felix Mendelssohn.

The cantatas on these discs contain some of W.F’s most forward looking and vocally demanding music. Firmly based upon the examples of his father’s cantatas (which W.F performed regularly) they are a strange and unique mix of the old fashioned and the new ‘Sturm und Drang’. In places the sound world of the young Haydn can be heard, in others the voice of J.S Bach sounds clearly. W.F’s music is of the highest quality and like his brothers, it spans the transition from the baroque to the galant classical style.

Other information:
- Booklet note and sung texts included.
- Recording made in 1991 in association with WDR Cologne
- Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is nowadays deservedly recognised as perhaps the most talented and innovating son of the great Johann Sebastian.
- “What of the performances? Well, for the most part they are excellent, discovering with eloquence and stylistic assurance the multifarious details and subtleties of Friedemann Bach's skill in this medium. The four soloists are first-rate with Barbara Schlick and Wilfried Jochens qualifying for special mention…Very strongly recommended” (Gramophone, November 1994)

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Chorus: Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis
  2. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Recitative: Es ist nun hohe Zeit (Alto)
  3. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Chorale: Steh auf vom Sündenschlaf
  4. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Recitative (Tenor): Drum, Vater
  5. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Aria (Soprano): Vater, mit Erbarmen
  6. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Accompanied Recitative: Ich weiß, die Nacht ist schon dahin
  7. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Aria (Alto): Ich ziehe Jesum an im Glauben
  8. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Chorale: Den Geist, der heilig ist
  9. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis (Let us Cast off the Works of Darkness), Cantata for the First Sunday of Advent, for alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, traverse flute, two oboes,strings and basso continuo: Chorus (da capo): Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis
  10. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste (The Voice of him that Crieth in the Wilderness), Cantata for St John’s Day, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and basso continuo: Chorus: Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste
  11. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste (The Voice of him that Crieth in the Wilderness), Cantata for St John’s Day, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and basso continuo: Recitative (Tenor): Gott hat uns Gnad und Heil
  12. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste (The Voice of him that Crieth in the Wilderness), Cantata for St John’s Day, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and basso continuo: Aria (Soprano): Der Trost gehöret nur vor Kinder
  13. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste (The Voice of him that Crieth in the Wilderness), Cantata for St John’s Day, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and basso continuo: Accompanied Recitative (Alto): Dein Heiland lässt die Bahn
  14. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste (The Voice of him that Crieth in the Wilderness), Cantata for St John’s Day, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and basso continuo: Aria (Bass): Holdseligster Engel
  15. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste (The Voice of him that Crieth in the Wilderness), Cantata for St John’s Day, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings and basso continuo: Chorale: Wir Menschen sind zu dem, o Gott

Disk 2

  1. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Sinfonia: Allegro maestoso
  2. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Sinfonia: Andante
  3. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Sinfonia: Vivace
  4. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Cantata: Accompanied recitative (Soprano): Dies ist der Tag
  5. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Cantata: Aria (Tenor): Süßer Hauch von Gottes Throne
  6. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Cantata: Recitative (Alto): Ich folge dir
  7. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Cantata: Aria (Bass): Entzünde mich, du Kraft der größten Liebe!
  8. Dies ist der Tag (This is the Day), Sinfonia and Cantata for Pentecost, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, bassoon,strings and basso continuo: Cantata: Chorale: Heilger Geist in Himmels Throne
  9. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Chorus: Erzittert und fallet
  10. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Aria (Tenor): Was für reizend sanfte Blicke
  11. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Recitative (Tenor, Soprano): Das Grab ist leer
  12. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Duet (Soprano, Baritone): Komm, mein Hirte
  13. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Recitative (Soprano, Alto): Mein Heiland kommt
  14. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Aria (Soprano): Rauscht, ihr Fluten, donnernd Blitzen
  15. Erzittert und fallet (Tremble and Fall), Cantata for Easter Sunday, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir, two trumpets, timpani, two flutes, oboe, strings and basso continuo: Chorale: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn