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Cantata BWV 81
Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?

Ref.

BWV 81

German Title

Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?

English Title

Jesus sleeps, what hope is there for me? (by Richard Stokes, Alec Robertson)

Event

Solo Cantata for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Readings: Epistle: Romans 13: 8-10; Gospel: Matthew 8: 23-27

Composed

Leipzig, 1724
1st performance: January 30, 1724 - Leipzig

Text

Johann Franck (Mvt. 7); Matthew 8: 26 (Mvt. 8); Anon (Mvts. 1-3, 5-6) [Wustmann & Neumann suggest Christian Weiss, Sr.; Alec Robertson suggests Erdmann Neumeister]

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

Scoring

Soloists: Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: 2 recorders, 2 oboes d’amore, 2 violins, viola, continuo
Mvt. 1: Aria | Mvt. 2: Recitative | Mvt. 3: Aria | Mvt. 4: Arioso | Mvt. 5: Aria | Mvt. 6: Recitative | Mvt. 7: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.68 MB] | Score BGA [2.16 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 7
Chorale Melody: Jesu, meine Freude

References

BGA: XX/1 | NBA: I/6 | BC: A 39 | Zwang: K 60 | First Published: BG, 1872 | Autograph score (facsimile): Berlin, Staatsbibliothek

Commentary

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

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of February 6, 2000; Week of February 19, 2006; Week of Febuary 7, 2010

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

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

Bach Edition Vols. 8 & 9 - Cantatas Vols. 3 & 4 - conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink
Cantatas Vol. 21 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 25
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 26

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Alto: Julia Hamari; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Siegmund Nimsgern

Hänssler

Feb 1971; July, Oct 1983

TT: 18:20

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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2

Bach Cantatas Vol. 1: Avent und Weihnachten · Advent and Christmas · Advent et Nöel
Bach: Advent and Christmas Cantatas

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [19:26]

Karl Richter

Münchener Bach-Chor / Münchener Bach-Orchester

Alto: Anna Reynolds; Tenor: Peter Schreier; Bass: Theo Adam

Archiv Produktion 439369-2
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Archiv Produktion 001933602
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Mar-Apr 1972

4-CD / TT: 278:16
MP3 / TT: 277:06
4-CD / TT: 278:16
MP3 / TT: 276:12

Recorded at Herkules-Saal, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
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3

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 21 - BWV 80-83
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 5 - BWV 79-99
Bach-2000
Vol. 2: Sacred Cantatas 2 - BWV 48-52, 54-69, 69a, 70-99
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 25 - BWV 79-82

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [15:58]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Ruud van der Meer

Telefunken 6.35363
Teldec 8.35363 ZL & 242 577-2
Teldec 4509-91759-2
Teldec 3984-25707-2
Teldec 8573-81185-2
Warner Classics 8573-81185-5

Mar, Apr 22 & May, 1977

2-LP / TT: 80 min
2-CD / TT: 80:16
6-CD / TT: / 377:04
15-CD / TT: 963:00
CD / TT: 75:40
CD / TT: 75:40

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
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4

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 8

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [16:17]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Alto: Bogna Bartosz; Tenor: Jörg Dürmüller; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 3984-25488-2 Antoine Marchand CC-72208

Mar 1998

3-CD / TT: 190:47

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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5

Bach Edition Vol. 9 - Cantatas Vol. 4

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [17:21]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Knut Schoch; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99368

Oct-Nov 1999

5-CD / TT: 276:16

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
See: Bach Edition Vols. 8 & 9 - Cantatas Vols. 3 & 4 - conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink
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6

Bach Cantatas Vol. 19: Greenwich/Romsey
For the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
For the 4th Sunday after Epiphany

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [16:14]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Counter-tenor: William Towers; Tenor: Paul Agnew; Bass: Peter Harvey

Soli Deo Gloria 115

Jan 30, 2000

2-CD / TT: 127:33

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Romsey Abbey, England.
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7

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 21 - Cantatas from Leipzig 1724 - BWV 65, 81, 83, 190

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [16:05]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 1311

Feb 12-14, 2002

CD / TT: 69:32

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
See: Cantatas Vol. 21 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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8

J.S. Bach Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? BWV 81 [C-11]

 

Cantata BWV 81 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir & Chamber orchestra (Lutheránia énekkar és kamarazenekar)

Alto: Atala Schöck; Tenor: Péter Marosvári; Bass: Holló Csaba

Lutherania

Jan 29, 2006

MP3 / TT

Recorded live at Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church), Budapest, Hungary.
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9

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 81 “Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen“ [C-10]
Bachkantaten N°1 (BWV 182, 81, 129)

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 []

Rudolf Lutz (Conductor & Organ)

Vokalensemble der Schola Seconda Pratica / Schola Seconda Pratica

Alto: Roswitha Müller; Tenor: Bernhard Berchthold; Bass: Wolf-Matthias Friedrich

Gallus Media A484
J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen
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Jan 18, 2008

DVD / TT:
CD / TT:
MP3 / TT: 62:45

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland.
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10

J.S. Bach: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year Vol. 8: "Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen" - Cantatas BWV 13 · 73 · 81 · 144

 

Cantata BWV 81 [16:46]

Sigiswald Kuijken

(OVPP - No Choir) / La Petite Bande

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

Accent 25308

2008

SACD / TT: 65:01

Recorded at.
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11

Bach, Buxtehude, Telemann: Jesu meine Freude - German Baroque Cantatas Vol. 2 [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 81 [16:00]

Stephan MacLeod

(OVPP - No Choir) / Gli Angeli Genève

Soloists: Soprano: Hana Blažíková; Counter-tenor: Pascal Bertin; Tenor: Jan Kobow; Bass: Stephan MacLeod
Ripienists: Soprano: Julla von Landsberg; Alto: Marie Hélène Essade; Tenor: Valerio Contando; Bass: Gaston Sister

Sony Vivarte 627402

Jan 8-11, 2009

CD / TT: 78:45

Recorded at Studio Ernest Ansermet, Genève, Switzeland.
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1 | 2

12

Bach: Cantates Pour L'épiphanie (81, 72, 81, 156, 155)
Intégrale des cantates sacrées
Vol. 5

 
 

Cantata BWV 81 [15:16] 

Susie Napper (Artistic Director); Eric J. Milnes (Conductor)

OVPP - No Choir) / Montréal Baroque

Soprano: Monika Mauch; Alto: Franziska Gottwald; Tenor: Charles Daniels; Bass: Harry van der Kamp
Violin 1: Olivier Brault, Tanya LaPerrière, Scott Metcalfe; Violin 2: Jacques-André Houle, Ellie Nimeroski, Hélène Plouffe; Viola: Nicolas Fortin, Margaret Little; Cello: Mélisande Corriveau, Susie Napper; Double-bass: Pierre Cartier; Recorder: Mélisande Corriveau, Matthew Jennejohn; Oboe: Marco Cera, Matthew Jennejohn; Bassoon: Anna Marsh; Harpsichord: Erin Helyard; Organ: Eric J. Milnes

ATMA Classique SACD2-2404
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Jun 2010

SACD / TT: 57:39
MP3 / TT: 57:39

Recorded at Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada. Produced & Edited by: Johanne Goyette; Sound Engineer: Carlos Prieto.
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13

J.S. Bach: Jesu meine Freude [C-1]

Cantate BWV 81 [14:33]

Pieter-Jan Belder (General Musical Direction:)

Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam (Artistic Leader: Harry van der Kamp) / Musica Amphion (Artistic  Leaders: Pieter-Jan Belder & Rémy Baudet)

Soprano: Nele Gramß; Alto: Marnix De Cat; Tenor: Charles Daniels; Bass: Harry van der Kamp

Et’cetera KTC-1440

Sep 28-30, 2011

CD / TT: 72:46.

Recorded at Johann Sebastian Bachkirche Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany.
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14

J.S. Bach: BWV 81 - Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?’; BWV 125 - Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin [C-1]

 

Cantate BWV 81 [18:00]

Arjan van Baest

Koor en orkest Stichting Bachcantates Tiburg

Alto: Gabriëlle Nijhuis; Tenor: Maarten van der Hoven; Bass: Jelle Draijer

YouTube

Feb 5, 2012

Video / TT: 43:09

Recorded & filmed at the Heikese Kerk, Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Watch on YouTube: Cantata BWV 81: Complete Cantata [18:00]

15

»Lass deine Güte größer sein als die Gerechtigkeit« [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 81 []

Kay Johannsen

Solistenensemble Stimmkunst / Stiftsbarock Stuttgart

Soloists: Tenor: Daniel Schreiber; Tenor: Andreas Weller; Bass: Ekkehard Abele; Bass: Matthias Horn
solistenensemble stimmkunst: Sopranos: Fanie Antonelou, Franziska Bobe, Anaïs Sarkissian, Julla von Landsberg; Altos: Nohad Becker, Sybille Philippin, Lena Sutor-Wernich, Lidia Vinyes Curtis; Tenors: Nils Giebelhausen, Henning Jensen, Daniel Schreiber, Andreas Weller; Basses: Ekkehard Abele, Jens Hamann, Matthias Horn, Thomas Scharr
Stiftsbarock Stuttgart: Recorders: Daniel Koschitzki, Andrea Ritter; Oboes: Saskia Fikentscher, Claire Sirjacobs; Bassoon: Barbara Meditz; Konzertmeisterin: Isabelle Farr; Violin 1: Isabelle Farr, Eduard Zondereger, Angela Pastor; Violin 2: Miriam Risch-Graulich, Christina Eychmüller; Viola: Katharina Friederich, Chen-Ying Lu-Riebutsch; Violoncello: Melanie Beck, Verena Orlamünder-Volk; Double-bass: Albert Locher; Organ: Andreas Gräsle

YouTube

Jan 24, 2013

Video / TT:

Recorded & filmed live at Stiftskirche, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, in the frame of the Canata Cycle Bach:vokal.
Watch on YouTube: Cantata BWV 81: Mvt. 2: Recitative [T] & Mvt. 3: Aria [T] [4:35] | Mvt. 4: Ariso [B] [1:36] | Mvt. 5: Aria [B] [5:29] | Mvt. 7: Chorale [1:42]

16

J.S. Bach: Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist (BWV 45); Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? (BWV 81); Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 180) [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 81 [16:59]

David Chin (Conductor); Adrian Demian (Concert Master)

(OVPP - No Choir) / Instrumental Ensemble

Soprano: Elizabeth Phillips; Mezzo-soprano: Ashley Hill-Hibbard; Tenor: Pablo Bustos; Baritone: Thomas Lehman
Greg Perrin (Violin); Jebat Kee (Viola); Jisun Kim (Cello); Julia Shulman-Keller (Double bass); Anne Lam (Organ); Jackie Arrington (Flute); Sarah Winstein-Hibbs (Flute); Zac Hammond (Oboe); June Kim (Oboe)

YouTube

Mar 22, 2013

Video / TT: 51:06

Recorded & filmed live at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Rochester, New York, USA. Audio recording by Carl Pultz.
Watch on YouTube: Cantata BWV 81 [16:59]

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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (February 2000 - May 2014)
Thanks to contributors: Dan Dews (February 2013), Frits V. Herbold (February 2012), Flavio Lorenzelli (June 2003), Paul Mytton (January 2014)

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