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Cantata BWV 136
Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz

Ref.

BWV 136

German Title

Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz

English Title

Search me, God, and learn my heart (by Alec Robertson)

Event

Cantata for the 8th Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: Romans 8: 12-17; Gospel: Matthew 7: 15-23
Musical Context of Bach Cantatas: Motets & Chorales for 8th Sunday after Trinity

Composed

Leipzig, 1723
1st performance: July 18, 1723 - Leipzig

Text

Psalm 139: 23 (Mvt. 1); Johann Heermann (Mvt. 6); Anon (Mvts. 2-5) [W. Murray Young suggests Christian Weiss, Sr.]

Text: German-1 | German-6 | NBA Text
Translations: Catalan-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 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Wo soll ich fliehen hin

Scoring

Soloists: Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: horn, oboe, oboe d’amore, 2 violins, viola, continuo
Mvt. 1: Chorus | Mvt. 2: Recitative [T] | Mvt. 3: Aria [A] | Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] | Mvt. 5: Aria - Duet [T, B] | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [2.23 MB] | Score BGA [2.44 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): D B Mus. ms. Bach St 20, Faszikel 2 (BWV 136: Parts) [Bach Digital]
Chorales: Mvt. 6
Capella: Mvt. 6 [cap]
Chorale Melody: Wo soll ich fliehen hin / Auf meinen lieben Gott

References

BGA: XXVIII | NBA: I/18 | BC: A 111 | Zwang: K 35 | First Published: BG, 1881 | Autograph score (facsimile): Berlin, Staatsbibliothek | Provenance

Commentary

English: Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham
EvH [Dutch] | Role [French] | Japanese-1 | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of August 13, 2000; Week of August 14, 2005; Week of August 28, 2011; Week of July 26, 2015

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements
Recordings of Mass in A Major BWV 234

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

Cantatas Vol. 11 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
Morimur - by Hilliard Ensemble

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 136 & BWV 138 [L-4]

 

Cantata BWV 136 []

Diethard Hellmann

Mainz Christuskirche Chor & Mainz Bach Orchester

Alto: Ortrun Wenkel; Tenor: Theo Altmeyer; Bass: Gerhard Faulstich

Cantate

1960

LP / TT:

Recorded at Christuskirche, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

2

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 44 (Cantatas BWV 187, 136, 178)
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 43 (Cantatas BWV 136-139)

 
 

Cantata BWV 136 [19:04]

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Alto: Helen Watts; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Niklaus Tüller
Johannes Ritzkowski (Horn); Allan Vogel, Hedda Rothweiler (Oboes); Günther Passin (Oboe d'amore); Günther Pfitzenmaier (Bassoon); Wilhelm Melcher (Violin); Jürgen Wolf (Continuo Cello); Thomas Lom (Double-bass); Hans-Joachim Erhard (Harpsichord, Positive Organ)

Hänssler 98.806
Hänssler 92.042
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Sep, Dec 1977; Jan 1978

CD / TT: 63:19
CD / TT: 69:19
MP3 / TT: 69:20

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Recording: Südwest-Tonstudio, Stuttgart; Recording Supervision: Richard Hauck; Sound Engineer: Henno Quasthoff.
Listen on YouTube:
CD-2: Cantatas BWV 136, BWV 137, BWV 138, BWV 139 [HD: 69:18] | Cantatas BWV 136, BWV 137, BWV 138, BWV 139 [69:18]
Buy this album at:
CD-1 (1993): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
CD-2 (2000): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
CD-2 (2010): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
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3

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 34 (BWV 136-139)
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. 42 (BWV 134-137)

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 136 [16:43 / 16:51]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Walter Heldwein
CMW: Natural Horn: Friedemann Immler; Oboes: Jürg Schaeftlein, David Reichenberg, Marie Wolf; Oboes d'amore: Jürg Schaeftlein, Marie Wolf [BWV 136/1,6]; Violins: Alice Harnoncourt, Andrea Bischoff, Erich Höbarth, Peter Schoberwalter [BWV 136/1,6], Karl Höffinger [BWV 136/1,6], Walter Pfeiffer [BWV 136/1,6], Helmut Mitter [BWV 136/1,6], Anita Mitterer [BWV 136/5]; Violas: Kurt Theiner, Josef de Sordi; Violoncellos: Nikolaus Harnoncourt [BWV 136/2,4,5], Christophe Coin [BWV 136/1,6]; Bassoon: Milan Turkovič; Violone: Eduard Hruza; Organ: Herbert Tachezi

Telefunken 6.35608
Teldec 242 619-2 ZK
Teldec 4509-91761-2
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Teldec 3984-25708-2
Teldec 8573-81168-2
Warner Classics 8573-81168-5
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Oct 21-22+26, Nov 6, 1981; May 21-22, 1982

2-LP / TT: 68 min
CD / TT: 68:11
6-CD / TT: 371:34
MP3 / TT: 370:47
15-CD / TT: 949:30
CD / TT: 72:13
CD / TT: 72:13
MP3 / TT: 72:02

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 136: Complete Cantata [16:49] | Mvts. 1-4 [11:22]
CD-6: Cantatas BWV 134, BWV 135, BWV 136, BWV 137 [72:13]
Buy this album at:
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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
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4

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 7

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 136 [14:51]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (Chorus Master: Simon Schouten)

Alto: Bogna Bartosz; Tenor: Gerd Türk; Bass: Klaus Mertens
ABO Soloists: Margaret Faultless (Violin); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Marcel Ponseele (Oboe/Oboe d'amore)
ABC: Sopranos: Els Bongers, Caroline Stam, María-Luz Álvarez, Francine van der Heijden, Henriette Feith; Alto: Stephen Carter, Peter de Groot, Mieke Wouters, Hugo Naessens; Tenors: Otto Bouwknegt, Henk Gunneman, Joost van der Linden, Geraint Roberts, Jeremy Ovenden; Basses: Donald Bentvelsen, Mitchell Sandler, René Steur, Hans Wijers
ABO: Violins: Margaret Faultless [Leader], Nicolo Cleminson, Marc Cooper, lona Davies, Foskien Kooistra, Carlo Marotto, Marshall Marcus, Sebasliaan van Vucht, Fanny Pestalozzi; Violas: Marlin Kelly, Morino Ascherson; Cellos: Jaap ter Linden, Jonathon Manson; Double-bass/Violone: Nicholas Pap; Oboes/Oboe d'amore: Marcel Ponseele, Michel Henry, Ann Vanlancker; Bassoon: Marc Vallon; Horn: Andrew Clark; Lute: Mike Fentross;Organ/Harpsichord: Ton Koopman [recitatives & arias]; Organ: Jon Kleinbussink [choir]

Erato 3984-23141-2 Antoine Marchand CC-72207
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Sep & Oct 1997

3-CD / TT: 213:55
3-CD / TT: 213:55
MP3 / TT: 213:47

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Producer: Tini Mathot; Sound Engineer & Editor: Adriaan Verstijnen.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 136: Complete Cantata [14:49] | Complete Cantata: Part 1: Mvts. 1-2 [5:08] + Part 2: Mvts. 3-4 [5:02] + Part 3: Mvts. 5-6 [4:34]
Buy this album at:
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5

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 11 - Cantatas from Leipzig 1723 / IV (BWV 136, 138, 95, 46)

 
 

Cantata BWV 136 [14:50]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Alto: Kai Wessel; Tenor: Makoto Sakurada; Bass: Peter Kooy
Choir: Sopranos: Midori Suzuki, Haruhi Fukaya, Yoshie Hida, Tamiko Hoshi; Altos: Tomoko Koike, Yumiko Kono, Tamaki Suzuki, Masako Yui; Tenors: Makoto Sakurada, Hiroyuki Harada, Tadashi Miroku, Takanori Ohnishi, Yasuo Uzuka; Basses: Peter Kooy, Masumitsu Miyamomo, Tetsuya Odagawa, Chiyuki Urano, Seiji Yoshikawa
Orchestra: Horn: Toshio Shimada; Oboes: Marcel Ponseele, Masamitsu San'nomiya; Violins: Ryo Terakado [Leader], Yuko Araki, Yuko Takeshima, Keiko Watanabe, Makoto Akatsu, Mika Akiha, Mari Ono; Violas: Yoshiko Morita, Ryoko Moro-oka; Violoncelloos: Hidemi Suzuki [Principal], Norizumi Moro-oka; Violone: Yoshiaki Maeda; Bassoon: Kiyotaka Dohsaka; Organ: Masaaki Suzuki, Naoko Imai; Harpsichord: Masaaki Suzuki

BIS CD-991
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Sep 1998

CD / TT: 67:59
MP3 / TT: 67:47

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
Balance Engineer: Dirk Lüdemann; Producer: Jens Braun; Digital Editing: Jens Braun.
See: Cantatas Vol. 11 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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6

Bach Edition Vol. 15 - Cantatas Vol. 8
J.S. Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas Vol. 7 (BWV 121-140)

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 136 [15:53]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

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 Koomen, Gerrit van der Hoorn, Erik Guldenaar, Nicky Westerink, Peter van der Kolk; Counter-tenors: Arjan Dokter, Gerald Engeltjes, Maarten Engeltjes, Vincent Groeneveld, Jan Zwerver, Nap, Jan Willem Prins; Tenors: Martinus Leusink, Cor van Twillert, Marijn Takken, Frank Tros, Peter Bloemendaal; Basses: Jeroen Assink, Edwin Smit, Jim Groenevald, Sebastian Holz, Klaas Alberts, Richard Guldenaar, Willem van der Hoorn, Henk Timmerman, Job Boswinkel
NBC: Violins: John Wilson Meyer [Concert-master], Laura Johnson, Ewa Scheytt, Pieter Affourtit, Wanda Visser, Elin Eriksson, Fanny Pestalozzi, Rachael Beesley, Antoinette Lohmann, Mimi Mitchel; Violas: Jan Willem Vis, Simon Murphy, Örsze Adam; Violoncellos: Frank Wakelkamp, Bas van Hengel, Albert Brüggen, Thomas Pitt; Double-basses: Maggie Urquhart, Robert Franenberg, Jan Hollestelle, Joshua Cheatam; Oboes: Peter Frankenberg [BWV 136/1,6], Eduard Wesley [BWV 136/3], Kristin Linde [BWV 136/1,6]; Bassoons: Trudy van der Wulp, Norbert Kunst; Natural Horn: Teunis van der Zwart; Organ: Rien Voskuilen, Vaughan Schlepp, Stephen Taylor, Bert Mooiman

Brilliant Classics 99374
Brilliant Classics

Jan-Feb 2000

5-CD / TT: 307:16
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, Editing: Louis van Emmerk.
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7

Bach Cantatas Vol. 5: Rendsburg/Braunschweig
For the 8th Sunday after Trinity (BWV 178, 136, 45)
For the 10th Sunday after Trinity (BWV 46, 101, 102)

 
 
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2.

Cantata BWV 136 [15:45]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Counter tenor: Robin Tyson; Tenor: Christoph Genz; Bass: Brindley Sherratt
MC: Sopranos: Lucinda Houghton, Angela Kazimierczuk, Gillian Keith, Gillian Ross, Emma Preston-Dunlop, Elin Manahan Thomas; Altos: David Clegg, Richard Wyn Roberts, Carol Hall, Robin Tyson; Tenors: John Bowley, Robert Murray, Andrew Carwood, Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks; Basses: Simon Oberst, Robert Macdonald, Geoffrey Davidson, John Smyth
EBS: Violins 1: Kati Debretzeni, Penelope Spencer, Rebecca Livermore, Peter Lissauer, Nicolette Moonen; Violins 2: Anne Schumann, Steven Jones, Daphne David, Rodolfo Richter; Violas: Jane Rogers, Mari Giske, Emma Alter; Cellos: Alison McGillivary, Christopher Poffley; Double-bass: Valerie Botwright; Flutes: Rachel Beckett, Christine Garrett; Oboes: Susanne Regel, James Eastaway; Bassoon: Alastair Mitchell; Horn: Gabriele Cassone; Organ: Silas John Standage; Harpsichord: Matthew Halls

Soli Deo Gloria SDG-147
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Aug 13, 2000

2-CD / TT: 118:46
MP3 / TT: 118:05

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Christkirche, Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Producer: Isabella de Sabata; Balance Engineers: Everet Porter, Erdo Groot (Polyhymnia International BV); Recording Engineers: Thijs Hoeksra (Polyhymnia), Rob Aarden (Eurosound); Tape Editor: Lentje Mooij; Edition by Reinhold Kubik, published by Breitkopf & Härtel; Series Executive Producer: Isabella de Sabata.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 136: Mvt. 1: Chorus [4:19]
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8

Washington Bach Consort, 2002-2003 Season / Noontime Cantata Concert Series, Series 14, Concert 5. 2003-03-04 [N14-5]

 

Cantata BWV 136 []

J. Reilly Lewis

Washington Bach Consort chamber chorus and orchestra

Alto: Marjorie Bunday; Tenor: Robert Petillo; Bass: Bobb Robinson

Washington Bach Consort

Mar 4, 2003

CD / TT: 32:26

Recorded live at Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC, USA.
Source: WorldCat Libraries (OCLC Number: 420746027)

9

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 136 "Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz" [C-49]
Ganzes Bach-Jahr 2011 im Karton-Schuber [B-5]

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 136 []

Conductor: Rudolf Lutz
Reflection lecture: Rabbi Bea Wyler

Vokalensemble der Schola Seconda Pratica / Schola Seconda Pratica

Soloists: Alto: Markus Forster; Tenor: Johannes Kaleschke, Bass: Ekkehard Abele
Choir: Soprano: Susanne Frei, Leonie Gloor, Guro Hjemli, Noëmi Sohn, Noëmi Tran-Rediger; Alto: Jan Börner, Antonia Frey, Olivia Heiniger, Damaris Nussbaumer, Alexandra Rawohl; Tenor: Clemens Flämig, Manuel Gerber, Nicolas Savoy, Walter Siegel; Bass: Fabrice Hayoz, Chasper Mani, Valentin Parli, Philippe Rayot
Orchestra: Violin: Renate Steinmann, Plamena Nikitassova, Christine Baumann, Sylvia Gmuer, Martin Korrodi, Olivia Schenkel; Viola: Susanna Hefti, Martina Bischoff; Violoncello: Maya Amrein, Martin Zeller; Violone: Iris Finkbeiner; Bassoon: Susann Landert; Horn: Olivier Picon; Oboe: Katharina Arfken, Dominik Melicharek; Organ: Norbert Zeilberger; Harpsichord: Thomas Leininger

Gallus Media 113 (A867)
Gallus Media 119

Aug 12, 2011

DVD / TT:
11-CD / TT:

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland.
The DVD (in German, no subtitles) includes a film recording of the complete cantata, the reflection lecture of the speaker and a film portrait of the J.S. Bach Foundation.
Recording and production: Sound engineer: Stefan Ritzenthaler, Johannes Widmer; Producer: Meinrad Keel; Production: Gallus Media AG, Switzerland; DVD format: PAL.
Watch on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 136: Mvt. 5: Aria - Duet [T, B] [HD: 3:44]
Buy this album at:
DVD (2012): J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen: Shop
11-DVD (2012): J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen: Shop

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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (August 2000 - July 2015)
Thanks to contributors: Frits V. Herbold (March 2012), Claude Role (November 2006)

Cantata BWV 136: Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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