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Cantata BWV 139
Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott

Ref.

BWV 139

German Title

Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott

English Title

Happy is the man, who to his God (by Francis Browne)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the 23rd Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: Philippians 3: 17-21; Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-22
Musical Context: Motets & Chorales for 23rd Sunday after Trinity

Composed

Leipzig, 1724
1st performance: November 12, 1724 - Leipzig
2nd performance: 1732-1735 - Leipzig
3rd performance: 1744-1747 - Leipzig

 

Johann Christoph Rube (Mvts. 1, 6); Anon (Mvts. 2-5)

Text

German Text | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-6 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: 2 oboes d’amore, 2 violins, viola, organ, continuo
Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) | Mvt. 2: Aria | Mvt. 3: Recitative | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Recitative | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.74 MB] | Score BGA [2.15 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): D LEb Thomana 139 (BWV 139: Parts) [Bach Digital]
Chorales: Mvt. 6
Capella: Mvt. 6 [cap]
Score Examples: Examples from the Score
Chorale Melody: Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt

References

BGA: XXVIII | NBA: I/26 | BC: A 159 | Zwang: K 97 | First Published: BG, 1881 | Autograph score (facsimile): ? | Provenance

Commentaries

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

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of November 3, 2002; Week of October 29, 2006; Week of August 26, 2012

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

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

Cantatas Vol. 28 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Bach Cantatas Vol. 5 - Sundays after Trinity II

Karl Richter

Münchener Bach-Chor / Münchener Bach-Orchester

Soprano: Edith Mathis; Contralto: Trudeliese Schmidt; Tenor: Peter Schreier; Bass: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Archiv Produktion

Oct 1977; Feb, Mar, May 1978

TT: 19:36

Recorded at Herkules-Saal, München, Germany.
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2

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 58
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 43

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Inga Nielsen; Alto: Helen Watts; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher

Hänssler

Oct 1979; Apr 1980

TT: 19:20

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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3

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 34 - BWV 136-139
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 8 - BWV 138-140, 143-159, 161-162
Bach-2000
Vol. 3: Sacred Cantatas 3 - BWV 100-117, 119-140, 143-149
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 43 - BWV 138-140

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 139 [18:39 / 18:47]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Soprano: Alan Bergius (Soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor); Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Robert Holl

Telefunken 6.35608
Teldec 242 619-2 ZK
Teldec 4509-91762-2
Teldec 3984-25708-2
Teldec 8573-81167-2
Warner Classics 8573-81167-5

Oct 21, Nov 4-7, 1981; May 22-23, 1982

2-LP / TT: 68 min
CD / TT: 68:11
6-CD / TT: 403:41
15-CD / TT: 949:30
CD / TT: 65:31
CD / TT: 65:31

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
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4

J.S. Bach: Cantatas (21st & 23rd Sunday after Trinity) [C-5]

 

Cantata BWV 139 [16:40]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Katharine Fuge; Counter-tenor: Derek Lee Ragin; Tenor: Julian Podger; Bass: Gotthold Schwarz

Archiv Produktion 463586

Dec 1998

CD / TT: 45:30

Recorded at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England.
1st recording of Cantata BWV 139 by J.E. Gardiner.
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5

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 11

 

Cantata BWV 139 [17:11]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Sibylla Rubens; Alto: Annette Markert; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 8573-80215-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72211

Oct 1999

3-CD / TT: 191:36

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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6

Bach Edition Vol. 11 - Cantatas Vol. 5

 
 

Cantata BWV 139 [18:24]

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 99370

Nov-Dec 1999

5-CD / TT: 270:58

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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7

Bach Cantatas Vol. 12: Tooting/Winchester
For the 22nd Sunday after Trinity
For the 23rd Sunday after Trinity

 
 

Cantata BWV 139 [17:29]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Gillian Keith; Alto: Hilary Summers; Tenor: William Kendall; Bass: Peter Harvey

Soli Deo Gloria 171

Nov 26, 2000

2-CD / TT: 140:53

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Winchester Cathedral, England.
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 139 by J.E. Gardiner.
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8

Eastman Repertory Singers [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 139 [14:27]

Ryan M. Brown

Eastman Repertory Singers

Soprano: Faith Sherman; Mezzo-soprano: Sayaka Akiyama; Tenor: Pablo Bustos; Baritone: Oliver Henderson (as D. Oliver Henderson)

Eastman School of Music

Oct 19, 2001

CD / TT: 45:27

Recorded live at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA.
Source: WorldCat Libraries

9

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 28 - Cantatas from Leipzig 1724 - BWV 26, 62, 116, 139

 

Cantata BWV 139 [17:42]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Yukari Nonoshita; Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Makoto Sakurada; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 1451

Mar 16-19, 2004

SACD / TT: 68:44

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
See: Cantatas Vol. 28 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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10

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 139 “Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott“ [C-18]
Bachkantaten N°7 (BWV 38, 159, 139)

 
 

Cantata BWV 139 []

Rudolf Lutz (Conductor & Harpsichord)

Schola Seconda Pratica

Soprano: Susanne Frei; Alto: Antonia Frey; Tenor: Johannes Kaleschke; Bass: Ekkehard Abele

Gallus Media A494
Gallus Media 140
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Oct 24, 2008

DVD / TT:
CD / TT:
MP3 / TT: 48:54

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (September 2002 - June 2014)
Thanks to contributors: Peter Bright (July 2005), Dan Dews (February 2013), Frits V. Herbold (March 2012)

Cantata BWV 139: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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