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Cantata BWV 123
Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

Ref.

BWV 123

German Title

Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

English Title

Dearest Emmanuel, Lord of the righteous (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Chorale Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany
Readings: Epistle: Isaah 60: 1-6; Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12
Musical Context: Motets & Chorales for Turning Time

Composed

Leipzig, 1725
1st performance: January 6, 1725 - Leipzig

Text

Ahasverus Fritsch (Mvts. 1, 6): Anon (Mvts. 2-5)

Text: German-1 | German-6 | German-7 | NBA Text
Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-3 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-2 | Japanese-6 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-5 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

Scoring

Soloists: Alto, Tenor, Bass; Four-part chorus
Orchestra: 2 transverse flutes, 2 oboes d'amore, 2 violins, viola, continuo
Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) | Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] | Mvt. 3: Aria [T] | Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] | Mvt. 5: Aria [B] | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.33 MB] | Score BGA [1.92 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): D B Mus. ms. Bach St 395, Faszikel 1 | D B Mus. ms. Bach St 395, Faszikel 2 | D LEb Thomana 123 | PL Kj Mus. ms. Bach P 875 [frueher D B Mus. ms. Bach P 875] [Bach Digital]
Chorales: Mvt. 6
Capella: Mvt. 6 [cap]
Chorale Melody: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

References

BGA: XXVI | NBA: I/5 | BC: A 28 | Zwang: K 106 | First Published: BG, 1878 | Autograph score (facsimile): Kraków, Biblioteka Jagiellońska | | Provenance

Commentaries

English: BCW | Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham
EvH [Dutch] | Role [French] | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of January 6, 2002; Week of December 31, 2006; Week of October 25, 2009; Week of January 8, 2017

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)

Bach Edition Vols. 8 & 9 - Cantatas Vols. 3 & 4 - conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink
Cantatas Vol. 14 - conducted by Ton Koopman

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 21 (Cantatas BWV 65, 123, 154, 124)
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 39 (Cantatas BWV 122-125)

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 123 [19:51]

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Alto: Helen Watts; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher
Peter-Lukas Graf, Sibylle Keller-Sanwald (Flutes); Klaus Kärcher, Hedda Rothweiler (Oboes d'amore); Kurt Etzold (Bassoon); Hans Häublein (Continuo Cello); Thomas Lom (Double-bass); Hans-Joachim Erhard (Harpsichord, Positive Organ)

Hänssler 98.872
Hänssler 92.039
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Feb, Apr 1980

CD / TT: 65:12
CD / TT: 75:05
MP3 / TT: 74:58

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Recording: Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg; Recording Producer: Richard Hauck.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 123: Complete Cantata [19:56]
CD-2: Cantatas BWV 122, BWV 123, BWV 124, BWV 125 [HD: 75:02]
Buy this album at:
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CD-2 (2000): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | ArkivMusic
CD-2 (2010): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | ClassicsOnline | iTunes

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 123 [21:20]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Alto: Stefan Rampf (Soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor); Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Robert Holl
CMW: Transverse Flutes: Leopold Stastny, Robert Wolf; Oboes d'amore: Jürg Schaeftlein, Valerie Darke; Violins: Alice Harnoncourt, Walter Pfeiffer, Peter Schoberwalter, Karl Höffinger, Anita Mitterer, Andrea Bischoff, Erich Höbarth, Helmut Mitter; Violas: Kurt Theiner, Josef de Sordi; Bassoons: Milan Turkovič, Walter Stiftner [BWV 123/1,6]; Violoncellos: Nikolaus Harnoncourt [BWV 123/2,4,5], Fritz Geyerhofer [BWV 123/1,6]; Violone: Eduard Hruza; Organ: Herbert Tachezi

Telefunken 6.35578
Teldec 242 609-2 ZL
Teldec 4509-91761-2
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Teldec 3984-25708-2
Teldec 8573-81172-2
Warner Classics 8573-81172-5
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Jan 16, 1981

2-LP / TT: 79 min
2-CD / TT: 78:15
6-CD / TT: 371:34
MP3 / TT: 370:47
15-CD / TT: 949:30
CD / TT: 71:22
CD / TT: 71:22
MP3 / TT: 71:14

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 123: Complete Cantata [21:23] | Complete Cantata [21:23]
Cantata BWV 123: Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) [5:31] + Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] [0:49] + Mvt. 3: Aria [T] [5:15] + Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] [0:49] + Mvt. 5: Aria [B] [7:59] + Mvt. 6: Chorale [1:41]
Cantata BWV 123: Mvt. 1: Chorus (Chorale) [5:26]
CD: Cantatas BWV 121, BWV 122, BWV 123, BWV 124 [71:22]
Buy this album at:
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Music Download 6-CD: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | iTunes
15-CD (1999): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Teldec CD (2000): Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Warner CD (2007): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download CD: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de


3

Bach Edition Vol. 8 - Cantatas Vol. 3
J.S. Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas Vol. 7 (BWV 121-140)

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 123 [21:48]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Knut Schoch; Bass: Bas Ramselaar
HBC: Trebles: Anne Jan Leusink, Hans van Roset, Aalt Jan van Roest, Jelle Stocker, Gerwin Zwep, Herjan Pullen, Gerrit van der Hoorn, Evert Baarssen, Evert van Engeltijs; Counter-tenors: Arjan Dokter, Gerald Engeltjes, Maarten Engeltjes, Arjen Nap, Edwin Smit, Fre Dirk van Roest, VGroeneveld, Jan Zwerver; Tenors: Frans Benschop, Martinus Leusink, Cor van Twillert, Peter Bloemendaal, Marijn Takken; Basses: Jeroen Assink, Jim Groenevald, Richard Guldenaar, Sebastian Holz, Toon van Wezep
NBC: Violins: John Wilson Meyer [Concert-master], Laura Johnson, Alida Schat, Annelies van der Vegt, Mimi Mitchel, Elin Eriksson, Judith Steenbrick, Rachel Beesley, Wanda Visser; Violas: Jan Willem Vis, Simon Murphy, Örsze Adam; Violoncello: Frank Wakelkamp; Double-basses: Robert Franenberg, Maggie Urquhart, Jan Hollestelle; Oboes: Peter Frankenberg, Ofer Frenkel, Eduard Wesley, Nico de Gier; Bassoons: Trudy va der Wulp, Henriëtte Bakker; Natural Trumpet: Susan Williams; Natural Horn: Teunis van der Zwart; Transverse Flutes: Kate Clark, Marion Moonen; Organ: Rien Voskuilen, Vaughan Schlepp, Bert Mooiman; Church Organ: Martin Mans

Brilliant Classics 99367
Brilliant Classics

Oct-Nov 1999

5-CD / TT: 291:42
MP3 / TT: 379:37

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, the Netherlands.
Production Manager: Christine Schreuder; Artistic Director: Pieter Jan Leusink; Recording: Clavigram, Leerdam; Producer/Editing: Jean van Vugt; Balance & Recording Engineer: Louis van Emmerk.
See: Bach Edition Vols. 8 & 9 - Cantatas Vols. 3 & 4 - conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 123: Complete Cantata [21:44]
CD: Cantatas BWV 123, BWV 87, BWV 173 [56:58]
Buy this album at:
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4

Bach Cantatas Vol. 18: Weimar/Leipzig/Hamburg
For Christmas Day & for Epiphany (BWV 63, 191, 65, 123)
For the 1st Sunday after Epiphany (BWV 154, 124, 32)

 
 
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2.

Cantata BWV 123 [23:22]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Alto: Sally Bruce-Payne; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Peter Harvey
MC: Sopranos: Suzanne Flowers, Katharine Fuge, Nicola Jenkin, Ruby Hughes, Gillian Keith, Emma Preston-Dunlop; Altos: Lucy Ballard, Angus Davidson, Charles Humphries, William Missin; Tenors: Vernon Kirk, Rory O'Connor, Iain Rhodes, Nicolas Robertson; Basses: Alexander Ashworth, Christopher Foster, Michael McCarthy, Charles Pott
EBS: Violins 1: Kati Debretzeni, Nicolette Moonen, Penelope Spencer, Peter Lissauer, Matthew Truscott; Violins 2: Anne Schumann, Rodolfo Richter, Ulli Engel, Daphna Ravid; Violas: Jane Rogers, Mari Giske, Emma Alter; Cellos: David Watkin, Christopher Poffley; Cellos: Alison McGillivray, Catherine Rimer; Double-Bass: Valerie Botwright; Flutes: Rachel Beckett, Christine Garratt; Oboes: Marcel Ponseele, Patrick Beaugiraud; Bassoon: Alastair Mitchell; Organ: Silas John Standage; Harpsichord: Malcolm Proud

Soli Deo Gloria SDG-174
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Jan 6, 2000

2-CD / TT: 131:09
MP3 / TT: 130:49

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany.
Balance Engineer: Everett Porter (Polyhymnia International BV); Recording Engineers: Matthijs Ruijter (Polyhymnia), Tiemen Boelens (Eurosound); Tape Editor: Ientje Mooij; Edition by Reinhold Kubik, published by Breitkopf & Härtel; Series Executive Producer: Isabella de Sabata.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 123: Complete Cantata [23:22] | Mvt. 1: Chorus [5:18]
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5

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 14

 
 

Cantata BWV 123 [18:25]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (Chorus Master: UIrike Grösch)

Alto: Franziska Gottwald; Tenor: Paul Agnew; Bass: Klaus Mertens
ABO Soloists: Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe d'amore); Wilbert Hazelzet (Transverse Flute); Margaret Faultless (Violin); Kati Debrezeni (Violin); Jonathan Manson (Violoncello); Ton Koopman (Organ)
ABC: Sopranos: María-Luz Álvarez, Els Bongers, Francine van der Heijden, Vera Lansink, Caroline Stam; Altos: Annemieke Cantor, Stephen Carter, Marleene Goldstein, Peter de Groot, Hugo Naessens; Tenors: Malcolm Bennett, Andreas Gisler, Henk Gunneman, Marc van Heteren, Geraint Roberts; Basses: Kees van Hees, Matthijs Mesdag, Mitchell Sandler, René Steur
ABO: Violins: Margaret Faultless, Marc Cooper, Kati Debrezeni, Lisa Ferguson, Foskien Kooistra, Carla Marotta, Catherine Martin, Fanny Pestalozzi, Alida Schat; Violas: Katherine McGillivray, Jane Rogers; Violoncellos: Jonathan Manson, Catherine Jones; Double-bass: Nicholas Pap; Oboes: Alfredo Bernardini, Michel Henry; Transverse Flutes: Wilbert Hazelzet, Marion Moonen; Bassoon: Marc Vallon; Lute: Mike Fentrose; Continuo: Matthew Halls, Ton Koopman [recitatives & arias]

Antoine Marchand CC-72214
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Dec 2-9, 2000

3-CD / TT: 205.31
MP3 / TT: 204:55

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Producer: Tini Mathot; Sound Engineer & Editing: Adriaan Verstijnen; Production Coordination: Willemijn Mooij
See: Cantatas Vol. 14 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 123: Complete Cantata [18:26]
Buy this album at:
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6

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 32 - Leipzig 1725 (BWV 111, 123, 124, 125)

 
 

Cantata BWV 123 [20:05]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Andreas Weller, Bass: Peter Kooy
Instrumental Soloists: Liliko Maeda (Transverse Flute); Masamitsu San'nomiya & Atsuko Ozaki (Oboe d'amore); Natsumi Wakamatsu & Azumi Takada (Violin); Hidemi Suzuki (Cello); Naoko Imai (Organ); Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Chorus: Sopranos: Yukari Nonoshita, Minae Fujisaki, Yoshie Hida; Altos: Robin Blaze, Tamaki Suzuki, Sumihito Uesugi; Tenors: Andreas Weller, Satoshi Mizukoshi, Yosuke Taniguchi; Basses: Peter Kooy, Chiyuki Urano, Yusuke Watanabe
Orchestra: Transverse Flutes I, II: Liliko Maeda, Kanae Kikuchi; Oboes d'amore I, II: Masamitsu San'nomiya, Atsuko Ozaki; Violins I: Natsumi Wakamatsu (Leader), Yuko Araki, Paul Herrera; Violins II: Azumi Takada, Yuko Takeshima, Yukie Yamaguchi; Violas: Yoshiko Morita, Amiko Watabe
Continuo: Violoncello: Hidemi Suzuki; Double-bass: Takashi Konno; Bassoon: Kiyotaka Dosaka; Harpsichord: Masaaki Suzuki, Masato Suzuki; Organ: Naoko Imai; Tuner: Toshihiko Umeoka

BIS SACD-1501
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Feb 2005

SACD / TT: 74:28
MP3 / TT: 74:17

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
Recording Producer: Jens Braun; Sound Engineer: Andreas Ruge; Digital Editing: Christian Starke, Matthias Spitzbarth; Executive Producer: Robert von Bahr.
Buy this album at:
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7

»50 Bach-Kantaten aufgeführt in japanischer Sprache« Vol. 14

Cantata BWV 123, sung in Japanese translation by Emiko Ohmura [21:09]

Masayuki Hashimoto

Bach-Chor Tokyo / Tokyo Cantata Chamber Orchestra

Alto: Mariko Sasaki; Tenor: Masami Saeki; Bass: Akira Watanabe; Organ: Miyako Kusama

Bach-Chor Tokyo BACHCD 14

Dec 17, 2005

CD / TT: 65:08

Recorded at live at Ishibashi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Source: J.S. Bach: »50 Bach-Kantaten aufgeführt in japanischer Sprache« Vols. 1-20: CD

8

Bach: Cantates pour la Nativité - Intégrale des cantates sacrées Vol. 4 (BWV 61, 122, 123, 182)

 
 

Cantata BWV 123 [20:21]

Eric J. Milnes (conductor from the positive organ)

(OVPP - No Choir) / Montréal Baroque (Artistic Director: Susie Napper)

Soprano: Monika Mauch; Counter-tenor: Matthew White; Tenor: Charles Daniels; Bass: Harry van der Kamp
Violins 1: Olivier Brault, Karol Gostynski, Chloe Meyers; Violins 2: Scott Metcalfe, Jacques-André Houle, Ellie Nimeroski; Violas: Margaret Little, Stéphanie Bozzini; Violoncellos: Susie Napper, Mélisande Corriveau; Double-bass: Pierre Cartier; Transverse Flutes: Grégoire Jeay, Mika Putterman; Oboes: Matthew Jennejohn, Christopher Palameta, Diane Lacelle; Bassoon: Mathieu Lussier; Harpsichord: Olivier Fortin; Organ: Eric J. Milnes

ATMA Classique SACD2-2403
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Jun 26-29, 2007

SACD / TT: 72:36
MP3 / TT: 72:16

Recorded at Église Saint-Augustin, Saint-Augustin de Mirabel, Québec, Canada.
Produced, recorded, and digitally edited by: Johanne Goyette; SACD prepared by: Anne-Marie Sylvestre.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 123: Complete Cantata [20:21]
Buy this album at:
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9

Kantaten zum Sonntag nach Neujahr und zu Epiphanias 1724 & 1725 (BWV 153, 123) [C14-1]

 

Cantata BWV 123 [33:53]

Kay Johannsen

Solistenensemble Stimmkunst / Stiftsbarock Stuttgart (Konzertmeisterin: Christine Busch)

Soloists: Basses: Jens Hamann [BWV 123/4], Thomas Scharr [BWV 123/5]; Other soloists: unknown
Annie Laflamme (Transverse Flute)
Solistenensemble Stimmkunst: Sopranos: Fanie Antonelou, Franziska Bobe, Heike Heilmann, Agnes Knoop; Altos: Anne Greiling, Hanna Roos, Lidia Vinyes Curtis, Wiebke Wighardt; Tenors: Michael Berner, Wolfgang Frisch, Nils Giebelhausen, Daniel Schreiber; Basses: Jens Hamann, Daniel Raschinsky, Thomas Scharr, Dominik Wörner
Stiftsbarock Stuttgart: Recorders: Daniel Koschitzki, Andrea Ritter; Transverse Flutes: Annie Laflamme, Monika Scholand; Oboes: Saskia Fikentscher, Kristin Linde; Bassoon: Barbara Meditz; Horns: Andrew Hale, Tilman Schärf; Trumpets: Wolfgang Bauer, Thomas Kiess; Violins 1: Christine Busch, Dietlind Mayer, Isabelle Farr; Violins 2: Miriam Risch-Graulich, Christina Eychmüller; Violas: Katharina Friederich, Chen-Ying Lu-Riebutsch; Violoncellos: Juris Teichmanis, Christine Wiegräbe; Double-bass: Albert Michael Locher; Organ: Andreas Gräsle

YouTube

Jan 16, 2014

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 123 [HD]: Mvt. 1: Chorus [6:51] + Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] + Mvt. 3: Aria [T] [16:56] + Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] + Mvt. 5: Aria [B] [8:08] + Mvt. 6: Chorale [1:58]

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (December 2001 - January 2017)
Thanks to conbtributors: Frits V. Herbold (March 2012), Ehud Shiloni (March 2004)

Cantata BWV 123: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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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