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Cantata BWV 57
Selig ist der Mann

Ref.

BWV 57

German Title

Selig ist der Mann

English Title

Blessed is the Man (by Alec Robertson)

Event

Solo Cantata in Dialogue (for Soprano & Bass) for 2nd Day of Christmas [St. Stefanus Day]
Readings: Epistle: Titus. 3: 4-7 / Acts 6: 8-15 & 7: 55-60; Gospel: Matthew 23: 35-39 / Luke 2: 15-20

Composed

Leipzig, 1725
1st performance: December 26, 1725 - Leipzig
A repeat performance is possible at an undetermined date based upon some autograph indications added by Bach to the brass parts.

Text

James I: 12 (Mvt. 1); Ahasverus Fritsch (Mvt. 8); Georg Christian Lehms (Mvts. 2-7)

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

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: 2 oboes, taille (tenor oboe), 2 violins, viola, organ, continuo
Mvt. 1: Aria | Mvt. 2: Recitative | Mvt. 3: Aria | Mvt. 4: Recitative (Dialogue) | Mvt. 5: Aria | Mvt. 6: Recitative (Dialogue) | Mvt. 7: Aria | Mvt. 8: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.55 MB] | Score BGA [2.44 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 8
Capella: Mvt. 8 [cap]

References

BGA: XII/2 | NBA: I/3.1 | BC: A 14 | Zwang: K 133 | First Published: BG, 1863 | Autograph score (facsimile): Berlin, Staatsbibliothek

Commentary

BCW - Smend [PDF] | Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham | DW [Dutch] | Role [French] | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of December 3, 1999; Week of August 12, 2007; May 10, 2009

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

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

John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 15
Complete Cantatas Vol. 17 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Bach Edition Vol. 4 & 5 - Cantatas Vol. 1 & 2 - conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink
Cantatas Vol. 43 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Recordings - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Willem Mengelberg - Volume 1 (J.S. Bach) [C-2]

Cantata BWV 57 []

Willem Mengelberg

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Soprano: Jo Vincent; Bass: Max Kloos

Mengelberg Edition

Nov 7, 1940

CD / TT: 57:43

Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland.

2

Bach Made in Germany Vol. 1 - Cantatas I
J.S. Bach: Kantaten
12. Folge
J.S. Bach: Das Kanatenwerk - BWV 36, BWV 57 [LA-1]

 

Cantata BWV 57 [25:31]

Günther Ramin

Thomanerchor Leipzig / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soprano: Agnes Giebel, Bass: Johannes Oettel

Berlin / Leipzig Classics
Eterna 820-527
Eurodisc 71-530

Dec 14, 1951

CD / TT: 74:45
LP / TT:
LP / TT:

Recorded at Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany.
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3

Bach: Cantata No. 57 Selig ist der mann; Cantata No. 32 Liebster Jesu, mein verlangen [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 57 []

Rolf Reinhardt

Pro Musica Orchestra and Chorus, Stuttgart

Soprano: Agnes Giebel; Bass: Bruno Müller
Reinhold Barchet (Violin); Fritz Fischer (Oboe); Eva Hoelderlin (Organ

Vox
Lyrichord LL-98

1954

LP / TT: 50 min

 

4

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 57 Selig ist der Mann [Radio Recording] [R-4]

 

Cantata BWV 57 [25:53]

Karl Ristenpart

Singgemeinschaft Günther Karau / Kammerorchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks

Soprano: Ingeborg Reichelt; Bass: Jakob Stämpfli

Archiv Saarl.Rundf.

Jul 21, 1959

Tape

Recorded live in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany.
1st recording of Cantata BWV 57 by K. Ristenpart.

5

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 140, Cantata No. 57 [L-8]
J.S. Bach: Trois Cantatas BWV 82, 159 et 57
[C-3]

 

Cantatas BWV 57 [LP=25:35 / CD=25:30]

Karl Ristenpart

Chorus of the Conservatory of Sarrebruck (Director: Herbert Schmolzi) / Chamber Orchestra of the Saar

Soprano: Ursula Buckel; Bass: Jakob Stämpfli

Club Francais du Disque
Nonesuch H-71029
Accord

Jun 22, 1962

LP / TT: 51:08
LP / TT: 51:08
CD / TT: 70:00

Recorded in Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany.
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 57 by K. Ristenpart.

6

Les Grandes Cantates de J.S. Bach Vol. 13
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 57, Cantata No. 32 [L-13]
Bach Cantatas:
Volume 1

 

Cantate BWV 57 [26:43]

Fritz Werner

Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn / Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra

Soprano: Agnes Giebel; Bass: Barry McDaniel

Erato STE-50180
Musical Heritage Society MHS-1007
Erato 2584-61401-2

Jun 1963

LP / TT: 51:05
LP / TT: 51:05
10-CD / TT: 741:36

Recorded in Ilsfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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7

J.S. Bach: Cantate BWV 57 · Magnificat BWV 243 [C-1]

 

Cantate BWV 57 [28:07]

Jean-Marie Auberson

Choir & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

Soprano: Maria Stader; Bass: Heinz Rehfuss

Fnac 642329
Tono FC-486
Editions Atlas

Jun 25, 1964

CD / TT: 58:25

Recorded at Bayerische Hofes, Vienna, Austria.
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8

J.S. Bach: Due Cantate per il periodo di Natale [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 57 [27:28]

Vittorio Gui

Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano della RAI (Chorus Master: Giulio Bertola)

Soprano: Maria Stader; Bass: Franco Ventriglia

RAI Radio Broadcast

Apr 2, 1965

MP3 Download / TT: 47:40

Ricrodeed live in Milan, Italy. Uploaed from the archives of RAI on December 23, 2011.

9

Bach: 13 Sacred Cantatas & 13 Sinfonias [C-3]
J.S. Bach: 10 Festkantaten [C-7]

 

Cantata BWV 57 [22:25]

Helmut Winschermann

Chor de Deutsche Bachsolisten / Deutsche Bachsolisten

Soprano: Elly Ameling; Bass: Hermann Prey

Philips 454346
Philips 6542806-810

Mar 1970

5-CD / TT: 352:39
10-LP / TT:

 

10

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 15 - BWV 57-60
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 3 - BWV 37-52, 54-60
Bach-2000
Vol. 2: Sacred Cantatas 2 - BWV 48-52, 54-69, 69a, 70-99
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 18 - BWV 57-60

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 57 [23:22 / 22:24]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Soprano: Peter Jelosits (Soloist of the Wiener Sängerknaben); Bass: Ruud van der Meer

Telefunken 6.35305
Teldec 8.43745 ZK
Teldec 4509-91757-2
Teldec 3984-25707-2
Teldec 8573-81197-2
Warner Classics 8573-81197-5

Jun+Nov 1975

2-LP / TT: 63 min
CD / TT: 63:26
6-CD / TT: 415:47
15-CD / TT: 963:00
CD / TT: 63:26
CD / TT: 63:26

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
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11

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 63
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 18

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Arleen Augér, Bass: Walter Heldwein

Hänssler

Nov 1981; Feb 1982

TT: 27:14

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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12

J.S. Bach: Dialogue Cantatas - Nos. 57, 58, 59 & 152 [C-2]

Pál Németh

Savaria Vocal Ensemble / Capella Savaria

Soprano: Mária Zádori; Bass: László Polgár

Hungaroton

Mar, Nov 1988

TT: 20:50

Recorded at Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary.
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13

J.S. Bach: Cantates de Nöel [C-9]

Cantata BWV 57 [23:04]

Philippe Herreweghe

Collegium Vocale Gent

Soprano: Vasiljka Jezovšek, Bass: Peter Kooy

Harmonia Mundi France

Dec 1995

CD TT: 61:42

1st recording of Cantata BWV 57 by P. Herreweghe.
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14

Music Fest Bremen ‘96: Philippe Herreweghe dirigent Chor und Orchester des Collegium Vocal Gent [C-21]

 

Cantata BWV 57 [22:24]

Philippe Herreweghe

Collegium Vocale Gent

Soprano: Vasiljka Jezovšek; Bass: Peter Kooy

Die Sparkasse in Bremen 0630-12616-3

Sep, 8, 1996

CD / TT: 49:14

Recorded live by Radio Bremen during Music Fest Bremen at the Kirche Unser Lieben Frauen, Bremen, Germany.
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 57 by P. Herreweghe.

15

Bach Edition Vol. 5 - Cantatas Vol. 2

 
 

Cantata BWV 57 [25:00]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Ruth Holton; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99364

Apr-Sep 1999

5-CD / TT: 297:16

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
See: Bach Edition Vol. 4 & 5 - Cantatas Vol. 1 & 2 - conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink
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16

Bach Cantatas Vol. 15: New York
For the 3rd Day of Christmas

 
 

Cantata BWV 57 [22:56]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Joanne Lunn; Bass: Peter Harvey

Soli Deo Gloria 127

Dec 27, 2000

CD / TT: 76:15

Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage at St Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY, USA.
See: John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 15
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17

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 17

 
 

Cantata BWV 57 [21:57]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Sibylla Rubens; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Antoine Marchand CC-72217

Jun 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 2001 [Mvts. 1-7]
Oct 28, Nov 4,5 2002 [Mvt. 8]

3-CD / TT: 189:12

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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18

The Baroque Ensemble, December 10, 2004 [C-3]

 

Cantata BWV 57 [23:30]

Carole Terry

University of Washington Baroque Ensemble.

Unknown vocal soloists

University of Washington: School of Music

Dec 10, 2004

CD / TT: 51:17

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19

Bach: Dialogue Cantatas · Dialogkantaten [C-2]

Rainer Kussmaul

RIAS-Kammerchor / Berliner Barock Solisten

Soprano: Dorothea Röschmann; Bass-Baritone: Thomas Quasthoff

Deutsche Grammophon

May-Jun 2007

TT: 20:59

Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany.
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20

J.S. Bach: Cantates BWV 32, 49, 57 [C-1]

 

Cantatas BWV 57 [23:04]

Patrick Cohën-Akenine

Choeur Regional d'Auvergne (Direction: Blaise Plumetaz) / Les Folies Françoises

Soprano: Salomé Haller; Bass: Stephan MacLeod
Francois Saint-Yves (Organ)

Cypres 1652

Aug 4-8, 2007

CD / TT: 67:39

Recorded at l'Eglise de Pontaumur, Combrailles, France.
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21

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 43 - BWV 57, 110, 151

 
 

Cantata BWV 57 [22:40]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Hana Blažíková; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 1761

Jul 2008

SACD / TT: 62:28

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
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22

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 57 „Selig ist der Mann, der die Anfechtung erduldet“ [C-42]
Bachkantaten N°6 (BWV 140, 57, 73)

 
 

Cantata BWV 57 []

Rudolf Lutz

(OVPP - No Choir) / Schola Seconda Pratica

Soprano: Julia Neumann; Alto: Antonia Frey; Tenor: Nicolas Savoy; Bass: Ekkehard Abele

Gallus Media
J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen
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Dec 17, 2010

DVD / TT:
CD / TT:
MP3 / TT: 60:09

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland.
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23

J.S. Bach: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year Vol. 14: "Weihnachts-Kantaten" - Cantatas BWV 57 · 91 · 122 · 151

 

Cantata BWV 57 [22:49]

Sigiswald Kuijken

(OVPP - No Choir) / La Petite Bande

Soprano: Gerlinde Sämann; Alto: Petra Noskaiova; Tenor: Christoph Genz; Bass: Jan Van der Crabben

Accent 25314

Dec 18-21, 2010

SACD / TT: 74:56

Recorded in Anvers, Belgium.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (December 1999 - March 2013)
Thanks to contributors: Yoël L. Arbeitman (July 2012), Rainer Baruth (January 2012), Dan Dews (February 2013), Yves Dubois (March 2011), Rolf Günther (October 2012), Matthias Hansen (June 2009), Stefan Heise (January 2011),
Frits V. Herbold (February 2012), Manfred Krugmann (June 2012), Christian Moll (November 2009), Jean Gabriel Puyraveau (October 2011), Teri Noel Towe (June 2007), Nagamiya Tutomu (December 2002)

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