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Cantata BWV 150
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich
Discussions - Part 5

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Discussions in the Week of June 9, 2013

David D. Jones wrote (June 9, 2013):
Today's cantata is BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. The exact date of this cantata is not known and the exact occasion for which it was composed is unknown, although it is said that an acrostic in the concluding four movements spelled out the name of Dr. Conrad Meckbach, a Mühlhausen councilor who celebrated his 70th birthday in April 1707, but in my opinion, this somber composition is hardly suited for the celebration of the birthday of a prominent Muhlhausen citizren. Someone in our group perhaps thinks it is this cantata and not BWV 131 that was composed for the hypothetical penitential service that followed the fire in Mühlhausen. Gardiner was so entranced by this cantata that he recorded it twice during the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. Although I wish he had used that space to record some of the few cantatas he left out of the pilgrimage, the second recording does reveal subtle felicities of tone and interpretation absent in the second; the solemn opening sinfonia is quieter and more timeless and the descending chaconne of the opening chorus is more granitic.

 

Cantata BWV 150: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Recordings & Discussions of Cantatas: Cantatas BWV 1-50 | Cantatas BWV 51-100 | Cantatas BWV 101-150 | Cantatas BWV 151-200 | Cantatas BWV 201-224 | Cantatas BWV Anh | Order of Discussion

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