Episode #1329

Bach Looks Back

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Monday, July 29, 2013

During his later Leipzig years, J.S. Bach revised and prepared a diverse collection of chorale preludes that were his final testament in this format.

Program details:

J. S. BACH: Fantasia, Komm heiliger Geist, BWV 651 –Ulrich Böhme (2000 Woehl/St. Thomas Church, Leipzig) Rondeau 6050/51.

J. S. BACH: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 –Ewald Kooiman (1778 J-A Silbermann/Protestant Church, Bouxwiller) Aeolus 10841.

J. S. BACH: Herr Jesu Christ, dch zu uns wend', BWV 655 –Lionel Rogg (1768 J-A Silbermann/Arlesheim Cathedral) Harmonia Mundi 290778.

J. S. BACH: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 –Gerhard Weinberger (1735 G. Silbermann/St. Petri Church, Freiberg) cpo 999 664.

J. S. BACH: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 –Joan Lippincott (1976 Flentrop/Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC) Gothic 49099.

J. S. BACH: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 –Helmut Walcha (1780 J-A Silbermann-1950 Muhleisen/St. Pierre-le-Jeune, Strasbourg) Archiv 419 904-10.

J. S. BACH: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (3 settings) –Bernard Foccroulle BWV 659 (1714 G. Silbermann/Freiberg Cathedral) Ricercar212; Jacques van Oortmerssen, BWV 660 (1734 Müller/Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam) Challenge Classics 72096; Walter Kraft, BWV 661 (1782 Stumm/Amorbach Abbey) Musical Concepts 191-11.

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Comments [1]

Sam Eisenstein from CA

I know it's absurd, but I can't help but muse on what Bach might think of the ubiquity of his music, his influence, his omnipresence on our musical horizon, our scene. Nearly half a millenium after his death he is vibrantly alive as important or more so than he was in his own time. What kind of a brain could he have possessed to envision and produce the sounds that he did? Without electricity, running water, sanitation of any sort, even the writing instrument he employed would not work more than for a line or two. Hooray for the human spirit that can give us such a hero!!

Jul. 29 2013 12:17 AM

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