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Cantata BWV 70
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!

Ref.

BWV 70

German Title

Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!

English Title

Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch! (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the 26th Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: 2 Peter 3: 3-13; Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46
Musical Context: Motets & Chorales for 26th Sunday after Trinity

Composed

Leipzig, 1723; 2nd Edition: Leipzig, 1731
1st performance: November 21, 1723 - Leipzig
2nd performance: November 18, 1731 - Leipzig

Text

Salomo Franck (Mvts. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10); Christoph Demantius (Mvt. 7); Christian Keymann (Mvt. 11); Anon (Mvts. 2, 4, 6, 9)

German Text | German-6 | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-2 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-7 | English-10 | French-1 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Hebrew-3 | Hebrew-4 | Hebrew-7 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Russin-3 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7
Chorale Texts: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele | Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: trumpet, oboe, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, organ continuo (in the amended form)
Mvt. 1: Chorus | Mvt. 2: Recitative | Mvt. 3: Aria | Mvt. 4: Recitative | Mvt. 5: Aria | Mvt. 6: Recitative | Mvt. 7: Chorale | Mvt. 8: Aria | Mvt. 9: Recitative w/ Instrumental Chorale | Mvt. 10: Aria | Mvt. 11: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [2.45 MB] | Score BGA [3.89 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 7 | Mvt. 11 | Mvt. 11 ch
Capella: Mvt. 1 | Mvt. 7 | Mvt. 11 [cap]
Chorale Melodies: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele | Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht

References

BGA: XVI | NBA: I/27 | BC: A 165 | Zwang: K 52 | First Published: BG, 1868 | Autograph score (facsimile): ? | Provenance

Commentary

BCW | Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham | EvH [Dutch] | AL [Dutch] | KL [Dutch] | Role [Role] |Japanese-1 | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of November 24, 2002; Week of December 18, 2005; Week of October 14, 2012

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 70
Details of BWV 70a

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

John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 13
Complete Cantatas Vol. 9 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Cantatas Vol. 15 – conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
Bach Arias - by Marek Štryncl & Musica Flore with Magdalena Kožená

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

J.S. Bach: Kantaten Historische Aufnahmen (Karl Straube, 1931) [C-1]

 

1st Part (Mvt. 1-7) of Cantata BWV 70 [20:22]

Karl Straube

Thomanerchor Leipzig / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soprano: Marianne Weber; Alto: Frieda Dierolf; Tenor: Hanns Fleischer; Bass: Albert Fischer
Heinrich Teubig (Trumept); Hans Münch-Halland (Violincello); Günther Ramin (Organ); Friedbert Sammler (Harpsichord)

Bach-Archiv Leipzig

Nov 19, 1931

CD / TT: 77:55

Recorded live at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. 
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2

J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 68 & BWV 70 [C-7]

Kurt Thomas

Kantorei der Dreikönigskirche Frankfurt / Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum

Soprano: Ingeborg Reichelt; Contralto: Sibylla Plate; Tenor: Helmut Kretschmar; Bass: Erich Wenk

L’Oiseau-Lyre

1952 ?

LP / TT: 26:40

 

3

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 70 [L-6]
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 31; Cantata No. 70 [L-11]
J.S. Bach: Magnificat; Cantatas BWV 50, 70
[C-3]

 

Cantata BWV 70 [28:24]

Felix Prohaska

Choir of the Bach Guild / Wiener Staatsoper Orchester
Wiener Kammerchor / Wiener Kammerochester
Choir & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

Soprano: Anny Felbermayer; Alto: Erika Wien; Tenor: Hugo Meyer-Welfing; Bass: Norman Foster

Bach Guild BG-524 (1953)
Bach Guild BG-615 (1962)
Vanguard Classics OVC-2010

Jun 1957

LP / TT:
LP / TT: 50:20
CD / TT: 62:40

Recorded in Europe.
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4

J.S. Bach: Kantaten BWV 23, 56, 70 [E-7]

 

Cantata BWV 70 [25:14]

Karl Richter

Münchener Bach-Chor / Kammerorchester, Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Soprano: Lotte Schädle; Alto: Hertha Töpper; Tenor: Helmut Kretschmar; Bass: Kieth Engen

Andromeda ANDRCD-9043

Oct 19, 1957

CD / TT: 76:03

Recorded live at Markuskirche & Lukaskirche, Munich, Germany.
1st recording of Cantata BWV 70 by K. Richter.
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5

Bach: Cantatas # 70 & 95 [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 70 [26:30]

Dr. Kurt Bauer (Conductor & Organist) [most probably Karl Richter]

Dresden Cathedral Choir & Orchestra [probably pseudonym of Münchener Bach-Chor / Münchener Bach-Orchester]

Soloists of the Dresden Cathedral (No Names) [probably: Soprano: Antonia Fahberg or Ursula Buckel; Alto: Hertha Töpper; Tenor: Ernst Haefliger; Bass: Kieth Engen]

Baroque Records BRJ-1816

Early 1960's ?

LP / TT: 46:50

Recorded live with Karl Richter, under the pseudonym of Dr. Kurt Bauer.
Info provided by Burke Smith (June 2008).

6

Les Grandes Cantates de J.S. Bach Vol. 23
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 70, Cantata No. 180 [L-23]
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 19, 40, 70, 140, 149, 180 [C-4]
Bach Cantatas:
Volume 2

 

Cantata BWV 70 [26:29]

Fritz Werner

Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn / Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn

Soprano: Hedy Graf; Contralto: Barbara Scherler; Tenor: Kurt Huber; Bass: Jakob Stämpfli

Erato STU-70588
Musical Heritage Society MHS-1119
Erato 0630-11223-2
Erato 2584-61402-2

Feb 1970

LP / TT: 54:36
LP / TT: 54:36
2-CD / TT: 146:08
10-CD / TT: 722:00

Recorded in Ilsfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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7

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 15
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 22

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

CD: Soprano: Arleen Augér; Alto: Verena Gohl; Tenor: Lutz-Michael Harder; Bass: Siegmund Nimsgern
LP: Soprano: Nancy Burns; Tenor: Theo Altmeyer

Hänssler

1970; Feb (Mvt. 5), Oct (Mvt. 6), Dec (Mvt. 4) 1982

TT: 25:20

On Bachakademie edition the date for Mvt. 8 is also Feb 1982. Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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8

J.S. Bach a Notre Dame - Les grandes canatates des féte [C-2]

Cantata BWV 70 []

R.P. Émile Martin

Les Chanteurs De Saint-Eustache / Orchestre Des Concerts Colonne

Soprano: Rachel Yakar; Alto: Jocelyne Taillon; Tenor: Manuel Cid-Jimenez; Bass: Roger Soyer

Les Chantiers Du Carnaval CDC-5

Jun 17, 1971

LP / TT:

Recorded live at Notre-Dame de Paris, France.

9

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 18 - BWV 69-72
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas Vol. 4 - BWV 61-78
Bach-2000
Vol. 2: Sacred Cantatas 2 - BWV 48-52, 54-69, 69a, 70-99
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 22 - BWV 70-73

 
 

Cantata BWV 70 [22:13]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Soprano: Wilhelm Wiedl (Soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor); Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Ruud van der Meer

Telefunken 6.35340
Teldec 8.35340 ZL & 242 572-2
Teldec 4509-91758-2
Teldec 3984-25707-2
Teldec 8573-81192-2
Warner Classics 8573-81192-5

May+Oct 16, 20+24, 1976

2-LP / TT: 88 min
2-CD / TT: 88:31
6-CD / TT: / 389:16
15-CD / TT: 963:00
CD / TT: 73:11
CD / TT: 73:11

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
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10

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

Feb 1977; Feb, Mar, May 1978

TT: 27:03

Recorded at Herkules-Saal, München, Germany.
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 70 by K. Richter.
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11

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 9

 

Cantata BWV 70 [21:08]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Sibylla Rubens; Alto: Bernhard Landauer; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 3984-27315-2 Antoine Marchand CC-72209

Oct 1998

3-CD / TT: 206:05

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
See: Complete Cantatas Vol. 9 - conducted by Ton Koopman
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12

Bach Edition Vol. 20 - Cantatas Vol. 11

 
 

Cantata BWV 70 [23:33]

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 99379

Jun-Jul 2000

5-CD / TT: 367:20

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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13

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 15 - Cantatas from Leipzig 1723 - BWV 40, 60, 70, 90

 
 

Cantata BWV 70 [22:49]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Yukari Nonoshita; Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Gerd Türk; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 1111

Sep 16-20, 2000

CD / TT: 67:35

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
See: Cantatas Vol. 15 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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14

Bach Cantatas Vol. 13: Köln/Lüneburg
For the 1st Sunday in Advent
For the 4th Sunday in Advent

 
 
 

Cantatas BWV 70 [22:59]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Brigitte Geller; Counter-tenor: Michael Chance; Tenor: Jan Kobow; Bass: Dietrich Henschel

Soli Deo Gloria 162

Dec 10, 2000

2-CD / TT: 134:22

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Michaeliskirche, Lüneburg, Germany.
See: John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 13
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15

J.S. Bach: Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet! [R-6]

 

Cantata BWV 70 [27 min]

Georg Christoph Biller

Thomanerchor Leipzig / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soprano: Kerstin Klein; Alto: Alexandra Röseler; Tenor: Albrecht Sack; Bass: Ulf Paulsen

MDR Figaro

Nov 23, 2002

MC / TT: [27 min]

Recorded at Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Broadcast by MDR Figaro on Dec 12, 2004.
Copy: Zentralbibliothek-Mediathek Archiv Fon-TKD-C 2542.
Source: SLUB Dresden

16

J.S.Bach: Wachet, betet, betet, wachet! BWV 70 [C-28]

 

Cantata BWV 70 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir & Chamber orchestra (Lutheránia énekkar és kamarazenekar)

Soprano: Mária Zádori; Alto: Judit Németh; Tenor: Zoltán Megyesi; Bass: László Jekl

Lutherania

Dec 4, 2011

MP3 / TT:

Recorded live at Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church), Budapest (Deák tér), Hungary.
1st recording of Cantata BWV 70 by S. Kamp.
Download this recording from: Lutherania: Recordings [MP3]

17

J.S.Bach: Wachet, betet, betet, wachet! BWV 70; Christmas Oratorio V. kantáta BWV 248 [C-29]

 

Cantata BWV 70 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir & Chamber orchestra (Lutheránia énekkar és kamarazenekar)

Soprano: Mária Zádori; Alto: Judit Németh; Tenor: Zoltán Megyesi; Bass: László Jekl

Lutherania

Dec 10, 2011

MP3 / TT:

Recorded live at Kelenföldi református templom, Budapest, Hungary.
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 70 by S. Kamp.
Download this recording from: Lutherania: Recordings [MP3]

18

Opening concert of the 23rd Budapest Bach Week: BWV1048, BWV84, BWV70 [C-32]

 

Cantata BWV 70 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir & Chamber orchestra (Lutheránia énekkar és kamarazenekar)

Soprano: Mária Zádori; Alto: Kornélia Bakos; Tenor: Zoltán Megyesi; Bass: László Jekl
Dobozy Borbála (Harpsichord)

YouTube

Jun 4, 2012

Video / TT: 51:01

Recorded & filmed live at Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church), Budapest, Hungary, during 23rd Budapest Bach Weeks. Recorded by Remete Péter.
3rd recording of Cantata BWV 70 by S. Kamp.
Watch on YouTube: Complete Concert: BWV 1048, BWV 84, BWV 70 [51:01]

19

J.S. Bach: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year Vol. 18: “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen” - Cantatas BWV 70 · 9 · 182

 

Cantatas BWV 9 [18:18], BWV 70 [22:14], BWV 182 [25:46]

Sigiswald Kuijken

(OVPP - No Choir) / La Petite Bande

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

Accent ACC-25318
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Dec 3-4, 2012

SACD / TT: 66:18
MP3 / TT: 70:31

Recorded at la Predikherenkerk de Louvain, Belgium.
2nd reof Cantata BWV 9 by S. Kuijken.
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20

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 70 “Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!” [D-73]
Bach-Kantaten-Edition der Bach-Stiftung St.Gallen "Bach erlebt" VII - Das Bach-Jahr 2013 [B-7]

 
 

Cantata BWV 70 []

Conductor: Rudolf Lutz
Reflection lecture: Jan Assmann

Chor & Orchester der J.S. Bach-Stiftung

Soloists: Soprano: Gudrun Sidonie Otto; Alto: Margot Oitzinger; Tenor: Daniel Johannsen; Bass: Wolf-Matthias Friedrich
Choir: Sopranos: Olivia Fündeling, Guro Hjemli, Susanne Seitter, Gunta Smirnova, Noëmi Sohn-Nad; Altos: Jan Börner, Antonia Frey, Kazuko Nakano, Liliana Lafranchi, Damaris Rickhaus; Tenors: Marcel Fässler, Clemens Flämig, Manuel Gerber, Walter Siegel; Basses: Oliver Rudin, Manuel Walser, Tobias Wicky, William Wood
Orchestra: Violins: Plamena Nikitassova, Dorothee Mühleisen, Christine Baumann, Petra Melicharek, Christoph Rudolf, Ildiko Sajgo; Violas: Martina Bischof, Matthias Jäggi, Sarah Krone; Violoncellos: Maya Amrein, Hristo Kouzmanov; Violone: Iris Finkbeiner; Bassoon: Susann Landert; Trumpet: Patrick Henrichs; Oboe: Dominik Melicharek; Organ: Nicola Cumer; Harpsichord: Jörg-Andreas Bötticher

Gallus Media 184
Gallus Media 186

Nov 22, 2013

DVD / TT:
11-DVD / TT:

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland.
The DVD contains film recordings of the complete cantata performance, the musical and theological introductory workshop, and reflection lecture on the cantata text. The DVD also newly features a documentary in German, English and Spanish on the making of our sound and image recordings and their distribution across the world.
Recording and production: Sound engineer: Stefan Ritzenthaler; Producer: Meinrad Keel; Production: Johannes Widmer; GALLUS MEDIA AG, Schweiz; DVD format: PAL.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (September 2002 - June 2014)
Thanks to conbtributors: Robin Crag (November 2002), Rolf Günther (October 2012), Mike Hall (September 2012),
Neil Halliday (January 2004), Frits V. Herbold (February 2012), Teddy Kaufman (February 2007), Claude Role (March 2014), Burke Smith (November 2006, June 2008)

Cantata BWV 70 & BWV 70a: Details & Complete Recordings of BWV 70 | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 70 | Details of BWV 70a | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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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