Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147 – Creed – Netherlands Bach Society, Marcus Creed, Griet de Geyter, Alex Potter, Guy Cutting, Matthias Winckhler

Bach’s famous chorale ‘Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe’, from the cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’, was first heard when the cantata was performed in Leipzig, on 2 July 1723, for the Feast of the Visitation. It was during Bach’s first months as cantor and he reused music that he had to hand, as he often did. Bach had already written most of BWV 147 in 1716, as an advent cantata for the court chapel in Weimar, but it was only in Leipzig that he added the recitatives with instrumental accompaniment and the well-known chorale. So Bach turned a concise cantata (opening chorus, four arias and probably a simple closing chorale) into a big two-part cantata.

Recorded for the project All of Bach on December 13th 2018 at the Grote Kerk, Naarden.

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Marcus Creed, conductor

Griet de Geyter, sopran

Alex Potter, alto

Guy Cutting, tenor

Matthias Winckhler, bass

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