Saturday, 13 December 2014

Tribulations

In the huge project all of Bach I would like to bring to your attention a wonderful cantata written in or about 1746,  BWV 146:

Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen

 ‘Though you are sad, your sorrow will turn to joy’. These words from the sermon that was read in Leipzig on the third Sunday after Easter – Jubilate Sunday – sum up the message of this cantata. Here on earth, life is miserable, but fortunately it does not last long, and then there is heaven. The sorrow of earthly life is juxtaposed with the joy offered by faith and the promise of heaven.
The cantata begins fairly cheerfully, with a mini organ concerto as a sinfonia. But immediately afterwards, the misery on earth becomes audible as the singers have difficult lines filled with obstacles. The alto then turns aside from this terrible world and yearns for heaven. The heart of the cantata is formed by the emotional aria ‘Ich säe meine Zähren’, in which Bach illustrates the transition from the bitter present to the sweet future through minimal changes in the solo parts of the soprano, flute, and oboe d’amores. In the final duet and the closing chorale, all the suffering is forgotten.
This beautiful piece of peace is sung by the Netherlands Bach Society, conducted by Jos van Veldhoven.

6 comments:

  1. Oh Han! How absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much!

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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  2. Beautiful healing musik.
    Thank you, Han.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. Glad you like it Mona Lisa.

      Thank you,
      Han

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, Han! Beautiful voices and I especially enjoyed the duet with the two male voices. If you click below the video window, you can learn more about it all. There are the words to all of it that you can read in English. Thanks for the nice start to my Saturday! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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    1. Yes, and than think they are going to record every single piece Bach has written this way... What a giant enterprise!

      Glad you liked it, Katie,
      Han

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