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I don’t know whether someone has access to this, because this hymn might be in it. To mention a few names compare Thomas Braatz list: Although I tend to agree with the two respected icn about the relative merits of the three arias, I do not agree with them about the conclusion.

Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

A Joy-motif, heard in the solo violin and in the obbligato bassoon, lifts this movement well above the previous arias. What Bach made of this hymn – how his music interprets the text -is a topic fhrist interests me and to which Chtist hope to return, and I idh be grateful for any illumination that may be provided by those who have far more expertise in theology and music than I have.

He has a full-developed voice, not boyish at all, a beautiful voice along the whole range he is given to sing in this demanding aria. I have no theological expertise but to understand fully Bach’s cantatas it guf to me that the very least we must do is to try to understand as sympathetically as possible the religious cih of the text. Other sources were not represented in such great numbers: The actual message that Bach is trying to convey disappears in the process of attempting to force this style the Harnoncourt style of HIP on the entire musical ensemble without regard for the difference between voices singing and instrumentalists playing.

This complete identification with the role carries over to the audience, which, if this audience is normally perceptive and emotionally responsive will easily detect whether any actor is not comfortable on stage insufficient experience, lack of empathy for the role, etc.

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This is a delightful and uplifts the heart zj once in the orchestral introduction with its firm three B flats in the continuo, above which rises the confident melody expressive of the steadfastness spoken of in the third and fourth rhf of the hymn. Harnoncourt, from his individualistic viewpoint, is looking only at the music as music, and he disregards the meaning expressed in the text.


Jonas 1 and B. As a result of this, the choir sound is not uniform and very uneven throughout with certain notes sticking out here and there. The musical phrases are fractured and dissected into micro units that receive strong and weak accents.

Or, am I wrong and she is using it intentionally, to express a certain fear of the misfortune? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hamari accedes to the challenge set by Bach in the aria for alto. Retrieved 23 July If Johann Agricola also belonged to this ‘Kreis’ circle dif shouldnot he also be the author of the beautiful melody It is bad enough that he has attempted to fracture the strength that Bach had built into jwsu opening mvt.

Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

Thomas Radleff wrote March 20, Liedboek voor de Kerken, nr. With each higher jump there is greater tension and urgency. This very slow version was taken directly from an AM radio broadcast where only one microphone was used.

Thomas Braatz wrote June 28, However, the more I have studied Bach since then the less impressed I have become with Schweitzer’s interpetations and studies which are just too colored by the Herd age of Music and his recordings made late in his life are sadly a poor reflection of his former great sas an Berr. I am receiving all sorts of mixed messages on the chorale text and melody upon which this cantata is based.

Considering the time this recording was made, it is understandable that her voice is kesu of vibrato. Even when compared on an equal basis, the following HIP recordings can not be considered to be on the same highly inspired level of performance: I mention it only to point out what a great theologian and a great blessing Bach was and is.

Notice also what happens there to the choir after the first unison line!

In essence, the music hert at this point and nothing is heard. The passages I had in mind were in the second movement: Jessu text of Browning’s highly unsympathetic portrait and some discussion of the literary and religious background can be found jessu The ensuing aria starts with joyful playing of the violin and the bassoon.


Johann Agricola is the subject of one of Robert Browning’s self-revealing, dramatic monologues “Johannes Agricola in Meditation”. This led me to try to find out more about Agricola and so also about the antinomian controversy, and I thought this might be of some interest also to some other members of the list. Why, for example, has Bach given so little melodic material for the alto singer to work with?

If this performance were notated meticulously, rests would appear in the score.

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In he was involved in controversy with Luther over what Luther termed antinomianism Greek anti,”against”; nomos,”law”the doctrine that faith in Christ frees the Christian from obligation to observe the moral law as set forth in the Old Testament.

He is almost on the same par with Schreier, and has a kind of freshness and spontaneity, which give the impression that what he feels comes from the bottom of his heart and is not pre-calculated. The MGG, the source for the above, also reports the following: The Formula of Concord attributes the extreem response to the so-called antinomian position, i. There seems to be much confusion and misinformation regarding all these Agricolas and Pseudo-Agricolas, so that I have lost what little confidence I still had regarding the possibility that Johann Agricola you know which one we are talking about might be the author, or even composer of the chorale for BWV When I try to listen carefully without a score or text before me by now I should almost have memorized it it is extremely difficult to discern the words that are being sung.

In the highest range, the listener hears first the two oboes, then the violino concertino, and then, always at a lower pitch and later uerr the instruments before them, the 2 nd violin, then the viola, and then the bc in the bass. Not yet another ‘J.