Bach and before

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

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

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[forthcoming: autumn 2017]

Music by three predecessors of J.S. Bach as Kantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig – Schein, Schelle, Kuhnau – and the first cantata that Bach composed for his new job there: the magnificent ‘Die Elenden sollen essen’ (BWV 75).

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