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Cantata BWV 121
Christum wir sollen loben schon

Ref.

BWV 121

German Title

Christum wir sollen loben schon

English Title

To Christ we should sing praises (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the 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, 1724
1st performance: December 26, 1724 - Leipzig
2nd performance: 1725-1730 - Leipzig (According to the NBA KB I/3.1 p. 64, Cantata BWV 121 had a 2nd performance between Dec. 26, 1725 and Dec. 26, 1730. This is based upon a soprano part [C 1] which can not be dated anymore precisely than the time span given)

Text

Martin Luther (Mvts. 1, 6); Anon (Mvts. 2-5)

German Text | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-2 | Japanese-2 | Portuguese-1 | Russian-1 | Spanish-2 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Christum wir sollen loben schon

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: horn, oboes d’amore, 3 trombones, 2 violins, viola, continuo (with organ)
Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) | Mvt. 2: Aria | Mvt. 3: Recitative | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Recitative | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.78 MB] | Score BGA [1.76 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): D B Mus. ms. Bach St 390, Faszikel 1 (BWV 121: Parts 1) | D B Mus. ms. Bach St 390, Faszikel 2 (BWV 121: Parts 2) | D LEb Thomana 121 (BWV 121: Parts 3) | PL Kj Mus. ms. Bach P 867 [frueher D B Mus. ms. Bach P 867] (BWV 121: Mvts.) [Bach Digital]
Chorales: Mvt. 6
Capella: Mvt. 6 [cap]
Score Examples: Examples from the Score
Chorale Melody: Christum wir sollen loben schon

References

BGA: XXVI | NBA: I/3.1 | BC: A 13 | Zwang: K 102 | First Published: BG, 1878 | Autograph score (facsimile): Kraków, Biblioteka Jagiellońska | | Provenance

Commentary

BCW | Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham | K.P. Clow | Role [French] | Japanese-2 | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of May 11, 2003; Week of December 3, 2006; Week of May 3, 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. 14
Christmas Cantatas from Leipzig - conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
Cantatas Vol. 31 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Recordings - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Bach Cantatas Vol. 1: Avent und Weihnachten · Advent and Christmas · Advent et Nöel
Bach: Advent and Christmas Cantatas
[C-1]

 
 

Cantata BWV 121 [20:22]

Karl Richter

Münchener Bach-Chor / Münchener Bach-Orchester

Soprano: Edith Mathis; Contralto: Anna Reynolds; Tenor: Peter Schreier; Bass: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Archiv Produktion 439369-2
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Archiv Produktion 001933602
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Jun-Jul 1971; Mar 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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2

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 30 - BWV 120-123
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 7 - BWV 119-137
Bach-2000
Vol. 3: Sacred Cantatas 3 - BWV 100-117, 119-140, 143-149
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 38 - BWV 121-124

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 121 [20:23]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Soprano: Markus Huber (Soloist of the Wiener Sangerknaben); Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher

Telefunken 6.35578
Teldec 242 609-2 ZL
Teldec 4509-91761-2
Teldec 3984-25708-2
Teldec 8573-81172-2
Warner Classics 8573-81172-5

Dec 14, 1979; May 28, 1980

2-LP / TT: 79 min
2-CD / TT: 78:15
6-CD / TT: 371:34
15-CD / TT: 949:30
CD / TT: 71:22
CD / TT: 71:22

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
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3

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 62
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 38

Cantata BWV 121 [20:46]

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Arleen Augér; Alto: Doris Soffel; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Wolfgang Schöne

Hänssler 98.824
Hänssler

Feb, Apr 1980

CD / TT: 65:12
CD / TT: 68:40

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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4

J.S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas [C-10]

 

Cantata BWV 121 [17:38]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Ann Monoyios; Contralto: Sara Mingardo; Tenor: Rufus Müller; Bass: Stephan Loges

Archiv Produktion 463589

Dec 1998

CD / TT: 81:17

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Studio I, London, England.
1st recording of Cantata BWV 121 by J.E. Gardiner.
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5

Bach Edition Vol. 14 - Cantatas Vol. 7

 
 

Cantata BWV 121 [19:04]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Ruth Holton; Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Knut Schoch; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99373

Jan-Feb 2000

5-CD / TT: 301:43

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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6

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 12
J.S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas [B-2]

 
 

Cantata BWV 121 [19:34]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Lisa Larsson; Alto: Annette Markert; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 8573-85842-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72211
Antoine Marchand CC-72230

Mar 2000

3-CD / TT: 201:13
3-CD / TT: 201:13
3-CD / TT: 214:53

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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7

Bach Cantatas Vol. 14: New York
Christmas Cantatas

 
 

Cantata BWV 121 [18:04]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Katharine Fuge; Counter-tenor: William Towers; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Peter Harvey

Soli Deo Gloria 113

Dec 25, 2000

CD / TT: 71:17

Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage at St Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY, USA.
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 121 by J.E. Gardiner.
See: John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 14
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8

J.S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas from Leipzig [C-15]

Cantata BWV 121 [19:03]

Philippe Herreweghe

Collegium Vocale Gent

Soprano: Dorothee Blotzky-Mields; Alto: Ingeborg Danz; Tenor: Mark Padmore; Bass: Peter Kooy

Harmonia Mundi France 901781.82

Dec 2001

2-CD / TT: 117:21

Recorded at Conservatoire de Liège, Belgium.
See: Christmas Cantatas from Leipzig - conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
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9

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 31 - BWV 91, 101, 121, 133

 

Cantata BWV 121 [16:42]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan, Concerto Palatino

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

BIS 1481

Sep 2004

SACD / TT: 77:25

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
See: Cantatas Vol. 31 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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10

J.S. Bach: Kantaten BWV 64, 121, 133 (Weihnachtskantaten) [C-1]

Cantata BWV 121 [19:29]

Jean Tubéry

Choeur de Chambre de Namur / Les Agrémens

Soprano: Cécile Côte; Alto: Petra Noskaiova; Tenor: Henning Kaiser; Bass: Benoît Giaux

Ricercar

Dec 2-4, 2006

CD / TT: 60:06

Recorded at Eglise Saint Loup, Namur, Belgium.

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (October 2002 - October 2013)
Thanks to contributors: Patrick Depelley (October 2007), Henri Dété (October 2003), Frits V. Herbold (March 2012), Michael Meacock (Arton) (December 2002), John Pike (October 2005)

Cantata BWV 121: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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