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Cantata BWV 120
Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille

Ref.

BWV 120

German Title

Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille

English Title

God, One praised Thee in the stillness of Zion (by W. Murray Young)

Event

Inauguration of the Leipzig Town Council.
The centenary celebration of the Augsburg Confession, June 26, 1730. Two months later repeated as the Ratswahl cantata. Later, in 1733, Bach borrowed from it for a wedding cantata BWV 120a 'Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge' (Lord God, Ruler of all things), which is incomplete in its music, but complete in its text (Source - W. Murray Young)

Composed

Leipzig, 1730 (Young); 1728 or 1729 (Stokes); Accoring to KB I/32.2 - c. 1742ff. (the previous sources are now outdated) (BWV 120, BWV 120a & BWV 120b were all adapted from a lost Köthen original).
1st performance: 1729 or earlier - Leipzig
2nd performance: August 27, 1742 ? - Leipzig

Text

Psalm 65: 1 (Mvt. 1); Anon (Mvts. 2-5) [probably Picander; C.S. Terry suggests Christian Weiss, Sr.]; Martin Luther (Mvt. 6)

German Text | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Spanish-5 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Herr Gott, dich loben wir [The German Tedeum]

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; four-part chorus
Orchestra: 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes d'amore, 2 violins, viola, and organ continuo
Mvt. 1: Aria | Mvt. 2: Chorus | Mvt. 3: Recitative | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Recitative | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.75 MB] | Score BGA [3.20 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): PL Kj Mus. ms. Bach P 871 [frueher D B Mus. ms. Bach P 871] (BWV 120: Mvts.) [Bach Digital]
Chorales: Mvt. 6
Capella: Mvt. 4 | Mvt. 6 [cap]
Score Examples: Examples from the Score
Chorale Melody: Herr Gott, dich loben wir [The German Tedeum]

References

BGA: XXIV | NBA: I/32.2 | BC: B 6 | Zwang: K 166 | First Published: BG, 1876 | Autograph score (facsimile): Kraków, Biblioteka Jagiellońska | Provenance

Commentaries

Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham | Benson | EvH [Dutch] | KL [Dutch] | Role [French] | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of March 4, 2001; Week of July 13, 2008; Week of April 28, 2013

Contents

 

Complete Recordings of Cantata BWV 120
Recordings of Individual Movements from Cantata BWV 120
Recordings of Cantata BWV 120a
Recordings of Individual Movements from Cantata BWV 120a
Details of Cantata BWV 120b

Discussions - Part 1 (1st round)
Discussions - Part 2 (2nd round)
Discussions - Part 3 (3rd round)

Cantatas BWV 29, 119 & 120 - conducted by Philippe Herreweghe

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

J.S. Bach: Cantata 120; Handel: Dettingen Te Deum and Overture to Agrippina [C-3]

Cantata BWV 120 [20:20]

Arthur Mendel

The Cantata Singers and Orchestra

Soprano: Charlotte Bloecher; Alto: Pauline Pierce; Tenor: William Hess; Bass: Paul Matthen

Schola Antiqua M-III

Late 1940's - Early 1950's

CD / TT: 74:42

Recorded on open-reel tapes and were kept in the library of William Hess. These were later transferred to cassette tapes and, from these, CDs were made.
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2

Back Kantaten in der Epiphanienkirche, Berlin-Charlottenburg [C-1]

Cantata BWV 120 []

Gottfried Matthaei

Epiphanien Kantorei und -Orchester

Soprano: Brigitte Ganady; Karl-Heinz Weber; Lutz Haberland; Kuch, Tamiya, Halder (Trumpets)

Mixtur-Schallplatten 212

May 16, 1971

CD / TT: 53:42

Recorded live at Epiphanienkirche, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Gerrmany.
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3

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 67
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 38

Cantata BWV 120 [20:20]

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Helen Donath; Alto: Hildegard Laurich; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Wolfgang Schöne

Hänssler

Mar-Apr 1973

CD / TT:

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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4

Archive Recordings: Season of 1973 [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 120 [23:02]

James Fankhauser

Aspen Chamber Choir and Orchestra

Soprano: Charlene Peterson; Contralto: Katherine Benfer; Tenor: Thomas Bogdan; Bass: Daniel Spreckelmeyer

Aspen Music Festival

Jul 1, 1973

CD / TT: 51:16

Recorded at the Prince of Peace Chapel, Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado, USA.
Source: WorldCast Libraries (OCLC Number 82042580)

5

J.S. Bach: Cantatas 69 & 120 [C-1]

Cantata BWV 120 []

Melvin Dickinson

Louisville Bach Society

Soprano: Margaret Kelly; Mezzo-soprano: Antoinette Hardin; Tenor: David Brown; Bass: Arnold Epley

Rivergate LP-1002 (Louisville Bach Society)

Early 1970's ?

LP / TT:
CD / TT:

Alain Fantapié reported in Diapason magazine, No. 195, March 1975: "An interpretation of BWV 146, conducted by F. Prohaska, has disappeared from American catalogue, which exists only coupled on Riverside album with Cantatas BWV 69 and 120 performed by the Louisville Bach Society and American singers. This record has never been available in France."
This recording is available to all Louisville Bach Society members. See: Louisville Bach Society

6

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 30 - BWV 120-123
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 7 - BWV 119-137
Bach-2000
Vol. 3: Sacred Cantatas 3 - BWV 100-117, 119-140, 143-149
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 37 - BWV 119 & 120

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 120 [21:17]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Tölzer Knabenchor (Chorus Master: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden) / Concentus Musicus Wien

Boy Soprano: Markus Huber; Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher

Telefunken 6.35578
Teldec 242 609-2 ZL
Teldec 4509-91761-2
Teldec 3984-25708-2
Teldec 8573-81173-2
Warner Classics 8573-81173-5

Dec 14, 1979; May 30, 1980

2-LP / TT: 79 min
2-CD / TT: 78:15
6-CD / TT: 371:34
15-CD / TT: 949:30
CD / TT: 46:46
CD / TT: 46:46

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
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7

J.S. Bach: "Wir danken dir, Gott" [C-13]

Cantata BWV 120 [19:53]

Philippe Herreweghe

Collegium Vocale Gent

Soprano: Deborah York; Alto: Ingeborg Danz; Tenor: Mark Padmore; Bass: Peter Kooy

Harmonia Mundi France

Jan 1999

CD / TT:

Recorded at l'Eglise Doopsgezinde Germeente, Haarlem, Holland.
See: Cantatas BWV 29, 119 & 120 - conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
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8

Bach Edition Vol. 21 - Cantatas Vol. 12

 
 

Cantata BWV 120 [20:47]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Ruth Holton; Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Nico van der Meel; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99380

Jun-Jul 2000

5-CD / TT: 332:53

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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9

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 20
J.S. Bach: Town Council Election Cantatas (Single Volume Cantatas Vol. 8)

 
 

Cantata BWV 120 [19:32]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (Choir Master: Ulrike Grosch)

Soprano: Sandrine Piau; Altos: Bogna Bartosz; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Antoine Marchand CC-72220
Antoine Marchand CC-72287

Jun 21, 2001 [Mvt. 5]
May 9-14, 2002 [Mvt. 3]
Sep 25-Oct 3, 2002 [Mvt. 4]
Feb 23-25, 2003 [Mvts. 2, 6]
Oct 13-19, 2003 [Mvt. 1]

3-CD / TT: 200:22
CD / TT: 62:34

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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10

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 48 - BWV 34, 98, 117, 120

 
 

Cantata BWV 120 [20:07]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Hana Blažíková; Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Satoshi Mizukoshi; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 1881

Jun 2010

SACD / TT: 72:13

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (March 2001 - April 2014)
Thanks to contributors: Frits V. Herbold (March 2012), Teri Noel Towe (October 2005)

Cantatas BWV 120, BWV 120a & BWV 120b: Details & Complete Recordings of BWV 120 | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 120 | Details & Complete Recordings of BWV 120a | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 120a | Details of BWV 120b | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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