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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

Cantata BWV 18
Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt

Ref.

BWV 18

German Title

Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt

English Title

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Cantata for Sexagesima Sunday
Readings: Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11: 19 - 12: 9; Gospel: Luke 8: 4-15

Composed

Weimar, 1713-1714
1st performance: 1713 or 1714 or at the latest February 24, 1715 - Weimar
2nd performance: February 13, 1724 - Leipzig

Text

Erdmann Neumeister (Mvts. 3, 4); Isaiah 55: 10-12 (Mvt. 2); Lazarus Spengler (Mvt. 5)

German Text | German-2 | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-1 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-1 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-2 | Italian-4 | Russian-1 | Spanish-2 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7
Chorale Texts: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt | Die Litanei

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Tenor, Bass; Four-part chorus
Orchestra: 4 violas, 2 recorders, bassoon, organ continuo
Mvt. 1: Sinfonia | Mvt. 2: Recitative | Mvt. 3: Recitative & Chorale (Litany) | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.04 MB] | Score BGA [2.29 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 5 | Mvt. 5 a
Capella: Mvt. 5 [cap]
Chorale Melodies: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt | Die Litanei

References

BGA: II | NBA: I/7 | BC: A 44 | Zwang: K 8 | First Published: BG, 1852 | Autograph score (facsimile): ? | Provenance

Commentary

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

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of February 3, 2002; Week of April 10, 2005; Week of March 14, 2010

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

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

Cantatas Vol. 5 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Recordings - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

J.S. Bach: Kantaten 18 · 152 [L-1]
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 18, 59, 89, 90, 106, 118, 152, 161 & 182 [C-5]

 

Cantata BWV 18 [14:27]

Jürgen Jürgens

Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg / Leonhardt Consort

Soprano: Agnes Giebel; Tenor: Bert van t'Hoff; Bass: Jacques Villisech

Telefunken SAWT-9442
Teldec 69599

Feb 10, 1964

LP / TT: 31:52
2-CD / TT: 148:33

Recorded at Breukenen, Hans Queekhoven, the Netherlands.
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2

J.S. Bach: Kantaten Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt BWV 18; Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 62 [L-2]
Bach Made in Germany Vol. 3 -
Cantatas I
Bach Made in Germany Vol. 3 - Sacred Cantatas, St Matthew Passion [B-1]

 
 

Cantata BWV 18 [16:33]

Erhard Mauersberger

Thomanerchor Leipzig / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soprano: Adele Stolte; Tenor: Peter Schreier; Bass: Theo Adam
Thekla Waldbauer (Recorder I); Eva Kästner (Recorder II); Dietmar Hallmann (Viola I); Hans-Christian Bartel (Viola II); Günther Donath (Viola III); Wolfgang Espig (Viola IV); Horst Fuchs (Bassoon); Basso continuo: Lothar Max (Violoncello); Konrad Siebach (Double-bass); Hannes Kästner (Harpsichord, Organ)

Eterna 825989
Archiv Produktion 198441
Leipzig Classics 001820-2BC
Leipzig Classics 001819-2BC

Nov 1967

LP / TT: 39:59
LP / TT: 39:59
CD / TT: 64:24
5-CD / TT: 323:17

Recorded at Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany.
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3

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 5 - BWV 17-20
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 1 - BWV 1-14, 16-19
Bach-2000
Vol. 1: Sacred Cantatas 1 - BWV 1-14, 16-47
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 6 - BWV 17-19

 

Cantata BWV 18 [14:21]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Wiener Sängerknaben & Chorus Viennensis (Chorus Master: Hans Gillesberger) / Concentus Musicus Wien

Boy Soprano: Soloist of the Wiener Sängerknaben (No Name); Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Max van Egmond

Telefunken 6.35031
Teldec 8.35031 ZL
Teldec 4509-91755-2
Teldec 3984-25706-2
Teldec 8573-81209-2
Warner Classics 8573-81209-5

Dec 1971

2-LP / TT: 80 min
2-CD / TT: 78:51
6-CD / TT: 386:45
15-CD / TT: 999:37
CD / TT: 52:06
CD / TT: 52:06

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
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4

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 26
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 5

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Eva Csapó; Alto: Gabriele Schnaut; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Wolfgang Schöne

Hänssler

Jan 1975

TT: 15:51

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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5

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Volume V - Cantatas from Mühlhausen and Weimar [C-5]

 

Cantata BWV 18 [14:33]

Jeffrey Thomas

(OVPP - No Choir) / American Bach Soloists

Soprano: Julianne Baird, Counter-tenor: Drew Minter, Tenor: Benjamin Butterfield, Bass: James Weaver

Koch International Classics 3-7332-2H1
American Bach Soloists

Mar 3-8, 1994

CD / TT: 52:40

Recorded at St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA, USA.
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6

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 2

 

Cantata BWV 18 [13:21]
Appendix: Aternate version of Sinfonia (Mvt. 1) [3:25] & Chorale (Mvt. 5) [1:09] from Cantata BWV 18

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Barbara Schlick; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien, Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 12598
Antoine Marchand CC-72202

May 1995

3-CD / TT: 182:29

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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7

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 5 - BWV 18, 143, 152, 155, 161

 
 

Cantata BWV 18 [13:58]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Midori Suzuki; Tenor: Makoto Sakurada; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 841

Feb, Jun, Jul 1997

CD / TT: 78:17

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
See: Cantatas Vol. 5 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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8

Bach Cantatas Vol. 20: Naarden / Southwell
For Septuagesima
For Sexagesima

 
 

Cantata BWV 18 [13:32]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Gillian Keith; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Stephan Loges

Soli Deo Gloria 153

Feb 27, 2000

2-CD / TT: 95:25

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Southwell Minster, England.
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9

Bach Edition Vol. 15 - Cantatas Vol. 8

 
 

Cantata BWV 18 [14:39]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Marjon Strijk; Tenor: Robert Getchell; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99374

Jan-Feb 2000

5-CD / TT: 307:16

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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10

Bach: Actus Tragicus [C-6]

Cantata BWV 18 [13:58]

Philippe Pierlot

(OVPP - No Choir) / Ricercar Consort

Soprano: Katharine Fuge; Counter-tenor: Carlos Mena; Tenor: Jan Kobow; Bass: Stephan MacLeod

Mirare Records

Sep 2004

CD / TT: 49:00

Recorded at l'Eglise de Saint Loup sur Thouet, France.
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11

J.S. Bach: Early Cantatas Volume 2 - Weimar Cantatas [C-2]

 
 

Cantata BWV 18 [13:50]

-

(OVPP - No Choir) / Purcell Quartet

Soprano: Emma Kirkby; Counter-tenor: Michael Chance; Tenor: Charles Daniels; Bass: Peter Harvey; Organ: Robert Woolley

Chandos Chaconne CHAN-0742

Oct 16-18, 2005

CD / TT: 71:21

Recorded at St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England.
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12

J.S. Bach: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year Vol. 6 (Sexagesima and Estomihi Sundays): "Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern" - Cantatas BWV 18 · 23 · 1

 

Cantata BWV 18 [13:31]

Sigiswald Kuijken

(OVPP - No Choir) / La Petite Bande

Soprano: Siri Thornhill; Alto: Petra Noskaiova; Tenor: Marcus Ullmann; Bass: Jan Van der Crabben

Accent 25306

Mar 2007

SACD / TT: 55:50

Recorded at Auditorium C. Pollini, Padova, Italy.
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13

J.S. Bach: Kantate BMV 18 «Gleich wie der Regen» [C-22]

 

Cantata BWV 18 []

Rudolf Lutz

Vokalensemble der Schola Seconda Pratica / Schola Seconda Pratica

Soprano: Núria Rial; Tenor: Makoto Sakurada; Bass: Dominik Wörner

Gallus Media

Feb 13, 2009

DVD / TT:

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (January 2002 - April 2012)
Thanks to contributors: Matthias Hansen (February 2012), Frits V. Herbold (March 2012), Bradley Lehman (March 2004), Charlie Ervin McCarn (February 2002)

Cantata BWV 18: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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