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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:
6-CD (1994): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
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]
Buy this album at:
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Music Download: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | ClassicsOnline | iTunes


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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Music Download: Amazon.com | ClassicsOnline | iTunes


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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Music Download: Amazon.com | ClassicsOnline | iTunes


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


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