Bach and before

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  • sample 1

    The opening chorus of Bach’s cantata ‘Die Elenden sollen essen’, BWV 75

  • sample 2

    The padouana from Schein’s ‘Banchetto musicale’, Suite no. 20 in E minor

  • playing time

    62:43

When J.S. Bach was given the post of Kantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig he joined a long line of musicians in this position, among them Schein, Schelle, and Kuhnau. This disc provides recordings of their treatments of texts that Bach would also set, and demonstrates the extraordinary strength and beauty of German church music of those times. It concludes with the first cantata that Bach wrote after his Leipzig appointment. ‘Die Elenden sollen essen’ is a master-work, notable for its virtuosic trumpet part. This is a show-piece, and a fitting debut for his work at St Thomas’s.

The music

Johann Hermann Schein (1586–1630): Geistliches Konzert ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’

Johann Schelle (1648–1701): Canon on ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’

Johann Schelle: Cantata ‘Aus der Tiefen’

Johann Hermann Schein: ‘Banchetto musicale’, no. 20 in E minor

Johann Kuhnau (1660–1720): Cantata ‘Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan’

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Cantata ‘Die Elenden sollen essen’, BWV 75

The musicians

Rachel Elliott soprano
Sally Bruce-Payne alto
Thomas Hobbs tenor
Robert Davies bass
Adrian Woodward trumpet
James Eastaway oboe
Mark Radcliffe oboe
Alastair Mitchell bassoon
Nicolette Moonen violin & director
Anna Curzon violin
Oliver Wilson viola
Rachel Stott viola
Luise Buchberger cello
Silas Wollston organ / harpsichord

Recording & production

Producer: Roy Mowatt
Recording engineer: Alan Mosley
Editing and mastering: Nicholas Parker

Recorded at St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London, November 2015

Presentation

The accompanying 24-page booklet includes notes on the music by the keyboardist Silas Wollston, and texts of the words sung and with English translations. There are photographs of the musicians in concert and in the recording. The CDs and booklet are held in a packet made of card and without plastic.