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Cantata BWV 20
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort [I]

Ref.

BWV 20

German Title

O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort [I]

English Title

O eternity, O word of thunder (by Francis Browne)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the 1st Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: 1 John 4: 16-21; Gospel: Luke 16: 19-31

Composed

Leipzig, 1724
1st performance: June 11, 1724 - Leipzig

Text

Johann Rist (Mvts. 1, 7, 11); Anon (Mvts. 2-6, 8-10)

German-1 | German-6 | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-4 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-1 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-2 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort

Scoring

Soloists: Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: trumpet, 3 oboes, 2 violins, viola, continuo
Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) | Mvt. 2: Recitative | Mvt. 3: Aria | Mvt. 4: Recitative | Mvt. 5: Aria | Mvt. 6: Aria | Mvt. 7: Chorale | Mvt. 8: Aria | Mvt. 9: Recitative | Mvt. 10: Aria (Duet) | Mvt. 11: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [2.29 MB] | Score BGA [3.42 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 7 | Mvt. 11
Capella: Mvt. 7 | Mvt. 7 ver 2 [cap]
Chorale Melody: Wach auf, mein Geist, erhebe dich/O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort

References

BGA: II | NBA: I/15 | BC: A 95 | Zwang: K 74 | First Published: BG, 1852 | Autograph score (facsimile): Basle, Paul-Sacher-Stiftung

Commentary

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

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of June 2, 2002; Week of May 28, 2006; Week of April 24, 2011; Week of May 18, 2014

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

Discussions - Part 1 (1st round)
Discussions - Part 2 (2nd round)
Discussions - Part 3
Discussions - Part 4 (3rd round)

John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vols. 1&8
Complete Cantatas Vol. 10 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Cantatas Vol. 22 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Radio Recording - Archiv-Nr: 00-83963 [R-12]

 

Cantata BWV 20 [33:15]

Max Thurn

NDR-Chor, Members of Eppendorfer Knabenchor / NDR Sinfonieorchester

Alto: Lotte Wolf-Matthäus; Tenor: Helmut Kretschmar; Bass: Hans-Olaf Hudemann
Adolf Scherbaum (Bach Trumpet); Johannes Schloemer (Oboe); Hans Kohlert (Oboe); Wilhelm Schaper (Oboe)
Basso continuo: Gerhard Gregor (Organ); Wolfram Hentschel (Violoncello); Gerhard Ulrich (Basso continuo)

Norddeutsche Rundfunk in Hamburg

Jun 9-10, 1955

Tape / TT:

Recorded in Hamburg, Germany.

2

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 39 (Cantatas BWV 176, 20, 2)
Edition Bachakademie
Vol. 6 (Cantatas BWV 19-20)

 

Cantata BWV 20 [33:04]

Helmuth Rilling

Frankfurter Kantorei / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Altos: Verena Gohl, Martha Kessler; Tenor: Theo Altmeyer, Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Wolfgang Schöne
Hermann Sauter (Trumpet); Otto Winter (Oboe); Klaus Kärcher (Oboe); Hanspeter Weber (Oboe); Hans Mantels (Bassoon); Rudolf Kleib nerr (Continuo Cello); Ulrich Lau (Double-bass); Martha Schuster (Harpsichord, Positive Organ)

Hänssler 98.801
Hänssler 92.006
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Jun-Jul 1970

CD / TT: 64:15
CD / TT: 55:43
MP3 / TT: 53:43

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Recording: Sonopress Tontechnik, Gütersloh; Recording Supervision: Richard Hauck/Wolfram Wehnert.
Listen on YouTube: Cantatas BWV 19, BWV 20 [53:41]
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J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk ·Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 5 - BWV 17-20
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 2 - BWV 20-36
Bach-2000
Vol. 1: Sacred Cantatas 1 - BWV 1-14, 16-47
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 7 - BWV 20 & 21

 

Cantata BWV 20 [26:29 / 26:55]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Wiener Sängerknaben & Chorus Viennensis (Chorus Master - Hans Gillesberger) / Concentus Musicus Wien

Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Max van Egmond
CMW: Alice Harnoncourt, Walter Pfeiffer, Peter Schoberwalter, Wilhelm Mergl, Josef de Sordi (Violins); Kurt Theiner, Hans-Peter Ochsenhofer (Violas); Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Violoncello); Eduard Hruza (Violone); Jürg Schaeftlein, Paul Hailperin, Karl Gruber, Alfred Hertel, Stanley King (Oboes); Otto Fleischmann, Milan Turkovic (Bassoon); Richard Rudolf (Slide Trumpet); Herbert Tachezi, Johann Sonnleitner (Organ); Kurt Hammer (Timpani)

Telefunken 6.35031
Teldec 4509-91756-2
Teldec 3984-25706-2
Teldec 8573-81208-2
Warner Classics 8573-81208-5

Dec 1971

2-LP / TT: 80 min
6-CD / TT: 385:33
15-CD / TT: 999:37
CD / TT: 63:57
CD / TT: 63:57

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 20: Complete Cantata [26:50] | Complete Cantata [27:10] | Complete Cantata [27:03] | Cantatas BWV 20, BWV 21 [63:55]
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4

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 10

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 20 [26:54]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Alto: Michael Chance; Tenor: Paul Agnew; Bass: Klaus Mertens
ABC: Sopranos: María-Luz Álvarez, Els Bongers, Loes Groot Antink, Francine van der Heijden, Vera Lansink; Altos: Annemieke Cantor, Marleene Goldstein, Peter de Groot, Hugo Naessens; Tenors: Andreas Gisler, Henk Gunneman, Joost van der Linden, Geraint Roberts, John Wright; Basses: Kees van Hees, Matthijs Mesdag, René Steur, Hans Wijers
ABO Soloists: Margaret Faultless (Violin); Jonathan Manson (Cello); Patrick Beaugireaud (Oboe); Stephen Keavy (Trumpet)
ABO: Margaret Faultless, Marc Cooper, Foskien Kooistra, Carla Marotta, Catherine Martin, Fanny Pestalozzi, Alida Schat. Sylvia Schweinberger, Sebastiaan van Vucht (Violins); Martin Kelly, Jane Rogers (Violas); Jonathan Manson, Catherine Jones (Cello); Nicholas Pap (Double-bass); Patrick Beaugireaud, Michel Henry, Stefaan Verdegem (Oboe); Stephen Keavy (Trumpet); Marc Vallon (Bassoon); Ton Koopman (Organ, Harpsichord) [recitatives & arias]; Matthew Halls (Organ) [choir]; Mike Fentross (Lute)

Erato 8573-80220-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72210

Oct 1998

3-CD / TT: 224:01

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Producer: Tini Mathot; Sound engineer and editing: Adriaan Verstijnen.

See: Complete Cantatas Vol. 10 - conducted by Ton Koopman
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Bach Edition Vol. 18 - Cantatas Vol. 9

 
 

Cantata BWV 20 [28:10]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Knut Schoch; Bass: Bas Ramselaar
HBC: Trebles: Anne Jan Leusink, Herjan Pullen, Hans van Roset, Aalt Jan van Roest, Jelle Stocker, Gerwin Zwep, Tanny Koomen, Claude Paelinck, Erik Guldenaar, Nicky Westerink, Peter van der Kolk; Counter-tenors: Arjan Dokter, Gerald Engeltjes, Vincent Groeneveld, Jan Zwerver, Arjen Nap, Jan Willem Prins; Tenors: Martinus Leusink, Marijn Takken, Cor van Twillert, Peter Bloemendaal, Frank Tros; Basses: Jeroen Assink, Edwin Smit, Jim Groenevald, Sebastian Holz, Klaas Alberts, Richard Guldenaar, Huib van Hinsbergen
NBC: John Wilson Meyer (Concert-master), Laura Johnson, Eva Scheytt, Pieter Affourtit, Alida Schat, Annabelle Ferdinand, Fanny Pestalozzi, Rachael Beesley, Mimi Mitchel (Violins); Jan Willem Vis, Simon Murphy, Örsze Adam (Violas); Frank Wakelkamp, Thomas Pitt (Violoncellos); Maggie Urquhart, Robert Franenberg, Jan Hollestelle, Joshua Cheatam (Double-bass); Peter Frankenberg, Ofer Frenkel, Susanne Grutzmacher, Eduard Wesley, Kristin Linde, Vincent van Ballegooien, Nico de Gier, Fernando Souza (Oboes); Trudy van der Wulp, Norbert Kunst (Bassoons); Susan Williams, William Wroth, Frank Anepool, Geerten Rooze, David Kjar (Natural Trumpets); Vaughan Schlepp, Rien Voskuilen, Stephen Taylor (Organ)

Brilliant Classics 99377

Mar-Apr 2000

5-CD / TT: 307:14

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, the Netherlands. Production Manager: Christine Schreuder; Recording: Clavigram, Leerdam; Producer/editing: Jean van Vugt; Balance & Recording Engineer, Editing: Louis van Emmerk.
Listen on YouTube: Cantatas BWV 5, BWV 38, BWV 20 [68:44]
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Bach Cantatas Vol. 1: City of London
For the 1st Sunday after Trinity

 
 

Cantata BWV 20 [23:46]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Alto: Wilke te Brummelstroete; Tenor: Paul Agnew; Bass: Dietrich Henschel
MC: Sopranos: Suzanne Flowers, Susan Hamilton, Angharad Gruffydd Jones, Gillian Keith, Emma Preston-Dunlop, Katharine Fuge; Altos: Lucy Ballard, Mark Chambers, Angus Davidson, Richard Wyn Roberts; Tenors: Simon Davies, Rory O'Connor, Paul Tindall, Vernon Kirk; Basses: Christopher Foster, Charles Pott, Colin Campbell, Robert Macdonald
EBS: Alison Bury, Penny Spencer, Debbie Diamond, Sarah Bealby-Wright (Violin I); Adrian Butterfield, Jane Gillie, Silvia Schweinberger, Alison Townley (Violin II); Jane Rogers, Colin Kitching, Mari Giske (Violas); Viola De Hoog, Christopher Poffley (Cellos); Valerie Botwright (Double-bass); Edouard Wessley, Mark Baigent, Kate Latham (Oboes); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Mark Bennett (Tromba da tirasi); Simon Standage (Harpsichord); Howard Moody (Organ)

Soli Deo Gloria 101

Jun 25, 2000

2-CD / TT: 148:26

Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 20: Complete Cantata [23:47] | Mvt. 1: Chorus [4:58]
See: John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vols. 1&8
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J.S. Bach: Cantatas for the First and Second Sundays After Trinity [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 20 [29:24]

Craig Smith

Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music (Chorus Master: Michael Beattie)

Alto: Pamela Dellal; Tenor: Gerald Gray; Bass: David Kravitz
Choir: Sopranos: Gail Abbey, Roberta Anderson, Kendra Colton, Margaret Johnson, Pamela Murray, Jaylyn Olivo, Jayne West; Altos: Pamela Dellal, Gloria Raymond, Amy Schneider, Kamala Soparkar, Susan Trout; Tenors: Gerald Gray, William Hite, Frank Kelley, Randy McGee, Ryan Turner; Basses: Paul Guttry, Herman Hildebrand, David Kravitz, Mark McSweeney, Donald Wilkinson
Orchestra: Danielle Maddon, Sarah Roth, Jodi Hagan, Hilary Fostyer (Violin I); Dianne Pettipaw, Jennifer Elowitch, Karma Tomm (Violin II); Betty Hauck, Mary Ruth Ray (Violas); Shannon Snapp (Cello); Gregory Koeller (Double-bass); Suzanne Cleverdon (Organ); Peggy Pearson, Barbara LaFitte Janes Harrison (Oboes); Jeffrey Work (Trumpet); Laura Jeppesen (Viola da gamba)

Koch International Classics 3-7535-2H1

Sep 5-15, 2001

2-CD / TT: 146:15

Recorded at Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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8

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 22 - Cantatas from Leipzig 1724 - BWV 7, 20, 94

 
 

Cantata BWV 20 [23:58]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Jan Kobow; Bass: Peter Kooy
Chorus: Sopranos: Yukari Nonoshita, Minae Fujisaki, Yoshie Hida, Naoco Kaketa; Altos: Robin Blaze, Tamaki Suzuki, Yukie Tamura, Sumihito Uesugi; Tenors: Jan Kobow, Satoshi Mizukoshi, Yosuke Taniguchi; Basses: Peter Kooy, Tetsuya Oi, Chiyuki Urano, Yusuke Watanabe
Orchestra: Trumpet: Toshio Shimada*; Transverse Flute: Kiyomi Suga*; Oboe/Oboe d’amore I: Alfredo Bernardini*; Oboe/Oboe d’amore II: Masamitsu San’nomiya; Oboe III: Yukari Maehashi; Violin I: Natsumi Wakamatsu* [Leader], Yuko Araki, Paul Herrera; Violin II: Azumi Takada*, Luna Oda, Kaori Toda; Viola: Yoshiko Morita, Amiko Watabe
Continuo: Violoncello: Hidemi Suzuki*, Mime Yamahiro; Double-bass: Takashi Konno; Bassoon: Dona Agrell; Harpsichord: Masaaki Suzuki, Naoya Otsuka; Organ: Naoko Imai*
* Soloists

BIS 1321

Apr 19-23, 2002

CD / TT: 73:17

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan. Balance Engineer: Ingo Petry; Producer: Hans Kipfer; Digital Editing: Sibylle Strobel.
See: Cantatas Vol. 22 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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J.S. Bach: “O Ewigkeit du Donnerwort” - Cantatas BWV 2, 20 & 176 [C-14]

Cantata BWV 20 [25:30]

Philippe Herreweghe

Collegium Vocale Gent

Alto: Ingeborg Danz; Tenor: Jan Kobow; Bass: Peter Kooy
Choir: Sopranos: Edwige Cardoen, Cécile Kempenaers, Lut Van de Velde, Dominque Verkinderen; Altos: Yvonne Fuchs, Cécile Pilorger, Alex Potter, Mieke Wouters; Tenors: Malcolm Bennett, Friedemann Büttner, Gerhard Hölzle, Markus Schuck, Basses: Pieter Coene, Robert van der Vinne, Bart Vanderwege, Frits Vanhulle
Orchestra: Mira Clodeann (Concert-master); Michiyo Kondo, Andreas Preuss, Kathrin Tröger (Violin I); Adrian Chamorro, Corrado Masoni, Sebastian van Vucht (Violin II); Hiltrud Hampe, Brigitte Clement, Peter Van Boxedaere (Violas); Claire Giardelli, Herman Jan Schwitters (Violoncellos); Myiriam Shalinsky (Double-bass); Herman Stinders (Organ); Marcel Ponseele, Taka Kitazato, Rafaël Palacios (Oboes); Philippe Miquen (Bassoon); Patrick B(Flute); Guy Ferber, Pascal Geay, René Mazé (Trumpets)

Harmonia Mundi France HMC-901791
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May 2002

CD / TT: 53:20
MP3 / TT: 53:10

Recorded at Stolberger Saal, Köln, Germany. Artistic Director: Andreas Neubronner / Tritonous; Recording Engineer: Ulrich Schneider.
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J.S. Bach: Kóralkantáták IV [C-5]

 

Cantata BWV 20 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir (Lutheránia énekkar) / Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra (Ferenc Kamarazenekar) (Artistic Leader: Lili Áldor)

Soprano: Mária Zádori; Alto: Atala Schöck; Tenor: Péter Marosvári; Bass: Joszéf Moldvay; Gábor Trajtler (Organ)

Lutherania

Jun 9, 2002

MP3 / TT

Recorded live during 13th Budapest Bach Weeks, at Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church), Budapest, Hungary.
Download this recording from: Lutherania: Recordings [MP3]

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J.S. Bach: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year Vol. 7: "O Ewigkeit du Donnerwort" - Cantatas BWV 20 · 2 · 10

 

Cantata BWV 20 [26:26]

Sigiswald Kuijken

(OVPP - No Choir) / La Petite Bande

Soprano: Siri Thornhill; Alto: Petra Noskaiova; Tenor: Marcus Ullmann; Bass: Jan Van der Crabben

Accent 25307

Jul 2007

SACD / TT: 64:38

Recorded at Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Belgium.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 20: Complete Cantata [26:29]
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (April 2002 - May 2014)
Thanks to contributors: Frits V. Herbold (March 2012)

Cantata BWV 20: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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