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Cantata BWV 94
Was frag ich nach der Welt

Ref.

BWV 94

German Title

Was frag ich nach der Welt

English Title

Why enquire after the world (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the 9th Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 10: 6-13; Gospel: Luke 16: 1-9
Musical Context: Motets & Chorales for 9th Sunday after Trinity

Composed

Leipzig, 1724
1st performance: August 6, 1724 - Leipzig
2nd performance: 1732-1735 - Leipzig

Text

Balthasar Kindermann (Mvts. 1, 3, 5, 8); Anon (Mvts. 2, 4, 6, 7)

Text: German-1 | German-6 | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-6 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Hungarian-1 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-5 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Was frag ich nach der Welt

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: transverse flute, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, organ, continuo
Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) | Mvt. 2: Aria [B] | Mvt. 4 Recitative & Chorale [T] | Mvt. 4: Aria [A] | Mvt. 5: Recitative & Chorale [B] | Mvt. 6: Aria [T] | Mvt. 7: Aria [S] | Mvt. 8: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [2.29 MB] | Score BGA [2.94 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): D LEb Thomana 94, Faszikel 1 [Originalstimmensatz] (BWV 94: Parts) | D LEb Thomana 94, Faszikel 2 [Dubletten nach 1750] (BWV 94: Biolins & BC) [Bach Digital]
Chorales: Mvt. 8
Capella: Mvt. 8 [cap]
Chorale Melody: O Gott, du frommer Gott - Melody 3

References

BGA: XXII | NBA: I/19 | BC: A 115 | Zwang: K 82 | First Published: BG, 1875 | Autograph score (facsimile): Berlin Staatsbibliothek

Commentary

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

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of August 12, 2001; Week of July 23, 2006; Week of September 25, 2011; Week of July 27, 2014

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

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

Cantatas BWV 9, BWV 94 & BWV 187 - conducted by Kuijken
Cantatas Vol. 22 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Radio Recording - Archiv-Nr: 00-74429 [R-7]

 

Cantata BWV 94 [32:00]

Max Thurn

NDR-Chor (1); Members of Eppendorfer Knabenchor (2) / NDR Sinfonieorchester

Soprano: Irmgard Jacobeit; Alto: Ursula Köhler; Tenor: Helmut Kretschmar; Bass: Erich Wenk
Johannes Schloemer (Oboe d'amore); Helmut Stirnagel (Flute)
Basso continuo: Wolfram Hentschel (Violoncello); Gerhard Ulrich (Basso continuo); Gerhard Gregor (Organ)

Norddeutsche Rundfunk in Hamburg

Jul 9-10, 1954

Tape / TT:

Recorded in Hamburg , Germany.

2

Bach Kantaten, Vol. 5: BWV 94, BWV 101, BWV 137 [D-5]

 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [30:15]

Diethard Hellmann

Kurrende des Bachchores Mainz und Bachorchester Mainz

Soprano: Ursula Buckel; Alto: Marie-Luise Gilles; Tenor: Kurt Huber; Bass: Hartmut Ochs
Werner Richter (Flute); Fred Schweinfurter (Oboe, Oboe d’amore); Hans Bogacki (Oboe); Günther Schuldt (Bassoon); Werner Taube (Continuo-Cello); Martha Schuster (Organ)

DdM-Records Mitterteich 200001

Late 1960’s ? (P 2000)

CD / TT: 77:51

Recorded by SWF at Christuskirche, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Buy this album at:
CD: Musik aus Mitterteich - Hubertus Krämer

3

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 46 (Cantatas BWV 94, 46, 179)
Edition Bachakademie
Vol. 30 (Cantatas BWV 94-96)

 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [28:51]

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Helen Donath; Alto: Else Paaske; Tenor: Aldo Baldin; Basses: Hanns-Friedrich Kunz [Mvt. 2], Wolfgang Schöne [Mvt. 5]
Peter-Lukas Graf (Flute); Günther Passin (Oboe d'amore); Hedda Rothweiler (Oboe); Klaus Thunemann (Bassoon); Jürgen Wolf (Continuo Cello); Manfred Gräser (Double-bass); Martha Schuster (Harpsichord, Positive Organ); Joachim Eicchorn (Positive Organ)

Hänssler 98.808
Hänssler 92.030
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CD-1: Jan-Feb 1974
CD-2: Jan, Feb, Jun 1974; Feb 1984

CD / TT: 64:33
CD / TT: 71:06
MP3 / TT: 71:14 / 71:04

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Recording: Südwest-Tonstudio, Stuttgart; Recording Supervision: Richard Hauck/Friedrich Mauermann.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 94: Mvt. 1: Chorus [3:56] | Excerpt [7:20] | Cantatas BWV 94, BWV 95, BWV 96 [71:04]
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CD-1: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
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CD-2 (2010): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download CD-2: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | ClassicsOnline

Listen to audio recording by clicking on the TV image Bach cantata BWV 94. Johann Sebastian Bach: Best of Cantatas 94 Johann Sebastian Bach - Kantaten - (BWV 94), (BWV 95), (BWV 96)

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J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 23 - BWV 91-94
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. 29 - BWV 94-96

 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [24:52]

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: Philippe Huttenlocher
CMW: Leopold Stastny (Transverse Flute); Jörg Schaeftlein, David Reichenberg (Oboes); Alice Harnoncourt, Walter Pfeiffer, Peter Schoberwalter, Wilhelm Mergl, Anita Mitterer, Ingrid Seifert [Mvts. 1,8], Veronika Schmidt [Mvt. 6] (Violins); Kurt Theiner, Josef de Sordi (Violas)
Continuo: Milan Turkovič (Bassoon); Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Fritz Geyerhofer [Mvts. 1,8] (Violoncellos); Eduard Hruza (Violone); Herbert Tachezi (Organ)

Telefunken 6.35441
Teldec 8.35441 ZL & 242 582-2
Teldec 4509-91759-2
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Teldec 3984-25707-2
Teldec 8573-81181-2
Warner Classics 8573-81181-5

Feb 17 & Apr 15+23, 1978

2-LP / TT: 91 min
2-CD / TT: 90:32
6-CD / TT: 385:16
MP3 / TT: 377:04
15-CD / TT: 963:00
CD / TT: 59:50
CD / TT: 59:50

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 94: Complete Cantata [24:48] | Complete Cantata [24:53] | Complee Cantata [25:04] | Cantatas BWV 94, BWV 95, BWV 96 [59:48]
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Warner CD (2008): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download CD: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de


Listen to audio recording by clicking on the TV image Bach - Cantate BWV 94 - Was frag ich nach der Welt J. S. Bach : CANTATA -- BWV 94 "Was frag ich nach der Welt" (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) JS Bach Cantatas BWV 94,95,96,Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Bach: Magnificat [C-2]

Cantata BWV 94 []

Christophe Gesseney

Choeur du 8ème stage Musique-Montagne / Ensemble instrumental

Soprano: Haïda Housseini; Counter-tenor: Thierry Dagon; Tenor: Christophe Einhorn; Bass: Stephan Imboden

Delos 16504

Jul 21-23, 1999

CD / TT:

Recorded live during the 8th Musique-Montagne Festival: at Salle des Congrès, Diablerets [July 21]; Eglise du Collège St-Michel, Fribourg [Jul 22]; Cathédrale, Lausanne [Jul 23], Switzerland.

6

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 11

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [24:58]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Sibylla Rubens; Alto: Annette Markert; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien; Bass: Klaus Mertens
ABO Soloists: Margaret Faultless (Violin); Wilbert Hazelzet (Transverse Flute); Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
ABC: Sopranos: María-Luz Álvarez, Francine van der Heijden, Vera Lansink, Annemieke Rademaker, Caroline Stam; Altos: Stephen Carter, Marleene Goldstein, Peter de Groot, Hugo Naessens; Tenors: Malcolm Bennett, Geert Berghs, Andreas Gisler, Henk Gunneman, Geraint Roberts, John Wright; Basses: Matthijs Mesdag, Mitchell Sandler, René Steur, Hans Wijers
ABO: Margaret Faultless, Marc Cooper, Kati Debrezeni, Foskien Kooistra, Carla Marotta, Marshall Marcus, Fanny Pestalozzi, Alida Schat, Sebastiaan van Vucht (Violins); Martin Kelly, Marina Asscherson (Violas); Jonathan Manson, Catherine Jones (Cellos); Nicholas Pap (Double-bass); Alfredo Bernardini, Michel Henry, Ann Vanlancker (Oboes); Wilbert Hazelzet (Transverse Flute); Marc Vallon (Bassoon); Ton Koopman (Organ, Harpsichord) [recitatives & arias]; Bernard Winsemius (Organ) [choir]; Mike Fentross (Lute)

Erato 8573-80215-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72211
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Oct 1999

3-CD / TT: 191:36
MP3 / TT: 191:04

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Producer: Tini Mathot; Sound engineer & editing: Adriaan Verstijnen; Production Coordination: Willemijn Mooij.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 94: Complete Cantata [25:01]
Buy this album at:
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Listen to audio recording by clicking on the TV image J. S. Bach:  Was frag ich nach der Welt (BWV 94) (Koopman)

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J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 9, 94 & 187 [C-3]

 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [26:21]

Sigiswald Kuijken

(OVPP - No Choir) / La Petite Bande

Soprano: Midori Suzuki; Mezzo-soprano: Magdalena Kožená; Tenor: Knut Schoch; Bass: Jan Van der Crabben
LPB: Sigiswald Kuijken, Ryo Terakado, Sara Kuijken (Violin I); Luis Otavio Santos, Makoto Akatsu (Violin II); Marleen Thiers, Mira Goldeanu (Violas); Hidemi Suzuki, Emmanuel Balssa (Cellos); James Munro (Double-bass); Barthold Kujken (Flute); Patrick Beaugiraud, Ann Valancker (Oboes); Siebe Henstra (Positive Organ)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77528
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Nov 20-22, 1999

CD / TT: 68:26
MP3 / TT: 68:01

Recorded at Athen, Concert Hall, based on a live performance.
Recording Producer: Wolfgang Stengel; Balance Engineer: Jakob Händel.
See: Cantatas BWV 9, BWV 94 & BWV 187 - conducted by Kuijken
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Music Download: Amazon.de

8

Bach Edition Vol. 11 - Cantatas Vol. 5

 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [27:26]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Marjon Strijk; Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Nico van der Meel; Bass: Bas Ramselaar
HBC: Trebles: Anne Jan Leusink, Herjan Pullen, Hans van Roset, Aalt jan van Roest, Jelle Stocker, Gerwin Zwep, Tanny Roomen, Gerrit van der Hoorn, Erik Guldenaar, Peter van de Kolk, Nicky Westerink; Counter-tenors: Arjan Dokter, Gerald Engeltjes, Maarten Engeltjes, Vincent Groeneveld, Edwin Smit, Jan Willem Prins, Arjen Nap; Tenors: Martinus Leusink, Marijn Takken, Cor van Twillert, Frank Tros, Peter Bloemendaal, Frans Benschop; Basses: Jeroen Assink, Jim Groenevald, Sebastian Holz, Willem van der Hoorn, Huib van Hinsbergen, Klaas Alberts, Richard Guldenaar, Piet Schuyn
NBC: John Wilson Meyer (Concert-master), Laura Johnson, Antoinette Lohmann, Eva Scheytt, Elin Eriksson, Mimi Mitchel, Fanny Pestalozzi, Josef Tan, David Rabinowitz (Violins); Jan Willem Vis, Simon Murphy, Maarten Boeken (Violas); Frank Wakelkamp, Thomas Pitt (Violoncellos); Maggie Urquhart, Robert Franenberg, Jan Hollestelle, Ties Marang, Joshua Cheatam (Double-bass); Peter Frankenberg, Ofer Frenkel, Christin Linde, Vincent van Ballegooin, Eduard Wesley, Fernando Souza, Nico de Gier (Oboes); Trudy va der Wulp (Bassoon); Kate Clark, Marion Moonen, Doretthe Janssens, Brian Berryman (Transverse Flutes); Rien Voskuilen, Vaughan Schlepp (Organ)

Brilliant Classics 99370

Nov-Dec 1999

5-CD / TT: 270:58

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 115, BWV 55, BWV 94 [61:56]
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Listen to audio recording by clicking on the TV image Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas BWV 115,55,94,Leusink

9

J.S. Bach: Trinity Cantatas I [C-11]

 

Cantata BWV 94 [26:13]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Katharine Fuge; Counter-tenor: Daniel Taylor; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Peter Harvey
MC: Sopranos: Donna Deam, Katharine Fuge, Angharad Gruffydd Jones, Nicola Jenkin, Elin Manahan Thomas, Charlotte Mobbs; Altos: David Clegg, Carol Hall, Charles Humphries, William Towers; Tenors: Simon Davies, Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks, Robert Murray; Basses: Julian Clarkson, Thomas Guthrie, Robert Macdonald, Michael McCarthy
EBS: Kati Debretzeni, Nicolette Moonen, Penelope Spencer, Peter Lissauer, Rebecca Livermore (Violin I); Anne Schumann, Rudolfo Richter, Daphna David, Stephen Jones (Violin II); Jane Rogers, Mari Giske, Emma Alter (Violas); Richte van der Meer, Christopher Poffley (Cellos); Valerie Botwright (Double-bass); Rachel Beckett (Flute); Susanne Regel, Mark Baigent (Oboes); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Silas Standage (Organ); Howard Moody (Harpsichord)

Archiv Produktion 363590
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Aug 19, 2000

CD / TT: 62:35
MP3 / TT: 62:19

Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Il Duomo di S. Nicolò, Merano, Italy.
Executive Producers: Dr. Isabella de Sabata, Sid McLauchlan; Recording Producer: Nicholas Parker; Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot; Recording Engineers: Carl Schuurbiers, Mario Nozza (Eurosound); Editing: Carl Schuurbiers; Recording Facilities: Polyhymnia International BV.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 94: Mvt. 1: Chorus [2:45]
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Listen to audio recording by clicking on the TV image "Segreti" - Bach Pilgrimage vol. 28 - Cantata BWV 94 "Was frag ich nach der Welt"

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

 
 

Cantata BWV 94 [27:14]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Yukari Nonoshita; Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Jan Kobow; Bass: Peter Kooy
Players: Kiyomi Suga (Transverse Flute); Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe); Natsumi Wakamatsu & Azumi Takada (Violins); Hidemi Suzuki (Cello); Naoko Imai (Organ)
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: Transverse Flute: Kiyomi Suga; Oboe I: Alfredo Bernardini; Oboe II: Masamitsu San’nomiya; Violin I: NatsumWakamatsu [Leader], Yuko Araki, Paul Herrera; Violin II: Azumi Takada, Luna Oda, Kaori Toda; Violas: Yoshiko Morita, Amiko Watabe
Continuo: Violoncellos: Hidemi Suzuki, Mime Yamahiro; Double-bass: Takashi Konno; Bassoon: Dona Agrell; Harpsichord: Masaaki Suzuki, Naoya Otsuka; Organ: Naoko Imai

BIS 1321
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Apr 19-23, 2002

CD / TT: 73:17
MP3 / TT: 73:04

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: Kantatáest [C-12]

 

Cantata BWV 94 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir (Lutheránia énekkar) / Weiner-Szász Chamber Symphony (Weiner-Szász Kamaraszimfónikusok)

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

Lutherania

Jun 11, 2006

MP3 / TT

Recorded live during 17th Budapest Bach Weeks, at Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church), Budapest, Hungary.
Download this recording from: Lutherania: Recordings [MP3]

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (August 2001 - July 2014)
Thanks to contributors: Frits V. Herbold (February 2012, April 2012)

Cantata BWV 94: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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