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Bach: Cantata, Choral & Vocal Works

The works listed in this section are arias and choruses from the many contatas written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s cantatas are among his most significant and celebrated compositions. As cantor of one of the main churches in Leipzig, it was part of Bach’s job to perform a church cantata every Sunday and Holiday, conducting soloists, the choir and orchestra as part of the church service. Works from three annual cycles of cantatas for the liturgical calendar have survived. These relate to the readings prescribed by the Lutheran liturgy for the specific occasion. In his first years in Leipzig, starting after Trinity of 1723, it was not unusual for him to compose a new work every week. In addition to the church cantatas, he composed sacred cantatas for functions like weddings, music for academic functions of the University of Leipzig, and secular cantatas for anniversaries and entertainment in nobility and society.

Praise the Almighty (Chorus)
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Praise the Almighty, (Lobe den Herren) (Chant BWV 137,5) Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed in the Basilica of Maulbronn Abbey,...

The heavens are telling (Chorus)
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The heavens are telling the glory of God, (Die Himmel erz̴_hlen die Ehre Gottes) (Chorus BWV 76,1) Cantata for 4 Soloists, Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Vocal soloists are Heike Heilmann – Soprano Franz Vitzthum – Altus,...

Open to my songs so meager (Aria)
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Open to my songs so meager (Aria BWV 25,5) Cantata for Soprano Solo & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Soprano, Heike Heilmann is the featured soloist. Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor....

So come before his countenance (Chorus)
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So come before his countenance, (So kommet vor sein Angesicht) (Chant BWV 117,9) Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed in the...

The Lord is not and never was (Recitative)
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The Lord is not and never was, (Der Herr ist noch und nimmer nicht) (Recitative & Arioso BWV 117,5) Cantata for Alto Solo & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Alto, Countertenor, Franz Vitzthum is the featured soloist. Maulbronn Chamber Choir,...

We come here, thy great holiness (Chorus)
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We come here, thy great holiness, O God of endless might, to honor, (Wir kommen, deine Heiligkeit, O Gott, zu preisen) (Chorus BWV 195,5). Cantata for 4 Soloists, Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750).  Vocal soloists are Heike Heilmann –...

I will thee all my life’s extent (Aria)
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I will thee all my life’s extent, Ich will dich all mein Leben lang (Aria BWV 117,7) Cantata for Altus Solo & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Alto, Countertenor, Franz Vitzthum is the featured soloist. Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il...

Come Holy Spirit, God the Lord (Chorus)
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Come Holy Spirit, God the Lord, (Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott) (Chant BWV 59,3) Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed in the...

What then? The Lord Almighty saith (Recita...
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What then? The Lord Almighty saith (Recitative & Arioso BWV 59,2) Cantata for Soprano Solo & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Soprano, Heike Heilmann is the featured soloist. Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen...

Deck thyself, O soul beloved (Chorus)
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Deck thyself, O soul beloved (Choral Choir BWV 180,1) Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed in the Basilica of Maulbronn Abbey,...

From God to me comes joyful light (Chorus)
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From God to me comes joyful light, (Von Gott kommt mir ein Freudenschein) (Chant BWV 172,6) Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed...

Thou shalt thy God and master cherish (Cho...
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Thou shalt thy God and master cherish with all thy bosom, (Du sollst Gott, deinen Herren, lieben von ganzem Herzen) (Chorus BWV 77,1) Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra,...

There is nought destructible (Recitative)/...
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There is nought destructible, (Es ist nichts Verdammliches) (Recitative BWV 74,6). Cantata for Bass Solo & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Bass vocalist, Falko Honisch is the featured soloist. Take it now, clasp your hope, (Greifet zu, fasst das...

Who himself exalteth (Chorus)
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Who himself exalteth, he shall be made to be humble (Chorus BWV 47,1). Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed in the Basilica of...

I lie midst strife and now resist (Chorus)
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I lie midst strife and now resist, (Ich lieg im Streit und widerstreb) (Chant BWV 177,5). Cantata for Choir & Orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750). Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Ensemble il capriccio Orchestra, Jurgen Budday – Conductor. Performed in...