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Cantata BWV 185
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe

Ref.

BWV 185

German Title

Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe

English Title

Merciful heart of love everlasting (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Solo Cantata for the 4th Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: Romans 8: 18-23; Gospel: Luke 6: 36-42
Musical Context: Motets & Chorales for 4th Sunday after Trinity

Composed

Weimar, 1715
1st performance: July 14, 1715 - Weimar
2nd performance: possibly repeat performance in Weimar
3rd performance: June 20, 1723 - Leipzig
4th performance: 1746-1747 - Leipzig

Text

Salomo Franck (Mvts. 1-5); Johann Agricola (Mvt. 6)

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-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: oboe, 2 violins, viola, bassoon, continuo
Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet w/ Instrumental Chorale [S, T] | Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] | Mvt. 3: Aria [A] | Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] | Mvt. 5: Aria [B] | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1248kb] | Score BGA [1.54 MB]
Autograph Score (Facsimile): D B Mus. ms. Bach P 59 (BWV 185: Weimar 1: Mvts.) | D B Mus. ms. Bach St 4 (BWV 185l: Weimar & Leipzig: Parts) [Bach Digital]
Capella: Mvt. 5 | Mvt. 6 [cap]

References

BGA: XXXVII | NBA: I/17.1 | BC: A 101 | Zwang: K 20 | First Published: Berlin, 1843 | Autograph score (facsimile): ?

Commentaries

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

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of July 16, 2000; Week of May 8, 2005; Week of June 12, 2011; Week of June 28, 2015

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)

Complete Cantatas Vol. 1 - conducted by Ton Koopman

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Bach: Cantata 112, Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt; Cantata 185, Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe [A-4]
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 112, Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt; Cantata No. 185, Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe
[A-4]
Bach: Cantates BWV 112 & 185
[A-4]

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 185 [19:33]

Hans Grischkat

Schwäbischer Singkreis Stuttgart / Bach-Orchester Stuttgart

Soprano: Claire Fassbender-Luz, Alto: Hetty Plümacher, Tenor: Werner Hohmann, Bass: Bruno Müller
Friedrich Milde (Oboe d'amore); Eva Hölderlin, Herbert Liedecks (Organ)

Renaissance X-36
Baroque Records BUS-2830
Joker SM-1047
Nixa Records PLP-236
Orion LAN-0228
BNF Collection

Jul 1951

LP / TT: 35:17
LP / TT: 35:17
LP / TT: 35:17
LP / TT: 35:17
MP3 / TT: 33:31
MP3 / TT: 33:09 / 33:14

Recorded in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 185: Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet [S, T] [5:43]
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2

Radio Recording - Archiv-Nr: U0-01884 [R-28]

 

Cantata BWV 185 [16:05]

Max Thurn

Members of NDR-Chor / Members of Hamburger Rundfunkorchester

Soprano: Ilse Scharmer; Alto: Ursula Zollenkopf; Tenor: Georg Jelden; Bass: Erich Wenk
Johannes Schlömer (Solo-Oboe)
Basso continuo: Georg Gregor (Organ); Wolfram Hentschel (Violoncello); Gerhard Ullrich (Double-bass)

Norddeutsche Rundfunk in Hamburg

Jun 7, 1957

Tape / TT:

Recorded in Hamburg, Germany.

3

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 42 (Cantatas BWV 185, 88, 170)
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 56 (Cantatas BWV 185-187)

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 185 [15:45]

Helmuth Rilling

Frankfurter Kantorei / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Arleen Augér, Alto: Hildegard Laurich, Tenor: Aldo Baldin, Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher
Günther Passin, Hedda Rothweiler (Oboes); Günther Pfitzenmaier (Bassoon); Friedemann Schulz (Continuo Cello); Harro Bertz (Double-bass); Martha Schuster, Hans-Joachim Erhard (Harpsichord, Positive Organ)

Hänssler 98.804
Hänssler 92.056
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CD-1: Mar-Apr 1976
CD-2: Feb, May 1976

CD / TT: 61:52
CD / TT: 73:56
MP3 / TT: 73:59

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Recording: Südwest-Tonstudio, Stuttgart; Recording Supervision: Richard Hauck.
Listen on YouTube:
CD-2: Cantatas BWV 185, BWV 186, BWV 187 [HD: 73:54]
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CD-1 (1992): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
CD-2 (2000): 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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4

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 43 (BWV 185-188)
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 10 (BWV 183-188, 192, 194-199)
Bach-2000
Vol. 4: Sacred Cantatas 4 (BWV 150-159, 161-188, 192, 194-199)
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 55 (BWV 183-185)

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 185 [14:15]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Soprano: Helmut Wittek (Soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor); Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Thomas Hampson
CMW: Oboe, Oboe d'amore: Marie Wolf; Violins: Alice Harnoncourt, Erich Höbarth, Andrea Bischof, Karl Höffinger, Anita Mitterer, Peter Schoberwalter, Helmut Mitter, Walter Pfeiffer; Viola: Kurt Theiner; Violoncello: Herwig Tachezi; Bassoon: Milan Turkovič; Violone: Eduard Hruza; Organ: Herbert Tachezi

Telefunken 6.35836
Teldec 8.35836 ZL & 244 179-2
Teldec 4509-91764-2
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Teldec 3984-25709-2
Teldec 8573-81155-2
Warner Classics 8573-81155-5
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P 1989

2-LP / TT: 90:21
2-CD / TT: 90:21
6-CD / TT: 300:04
MP3 / TT: 197:18
15-CD / TT: 861:24
CD / TT: 51:46
CD / TT: 51:46
MP3 / TT: 51:09

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 185: Complete Cantata [14:14]
CD: Cantatas BWV 183, BWV 184, BWV 185 [51:46]
Buy this album at:
6-CD (1994): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download 6-CD: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
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


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5

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 1

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 185 [14:30]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Barbara Schlick; Alto: Kai Wessel; Tenor: Guy de Mey; Bass: Klaus Mertens
ABO Soloists: Margaret Faultless, Foskien Kooistra (Violin); Jan Schlapp, Jane Norman (Viola); Jaap ter Linden (Violoncello); Marcel Ponseele (Oboe)
ABC: Sopranos: María-Luz Álvarez, Els Bongers, Anne Grimm, Francine van der Heijden, Vera Lansink, Caroline Stam, Johannette Zomer; Altos: Richard Bryan, Annemieke Cantor, Stephen Carter, Peter de Groot; Tenors: Henk Gunneman, Joost van der Linden, Geraint Roberts, Huw Rhys-Evans; Basses: Donald Bentvelsen, Matthijs Mesdag, René Steur, Hans Wijers
ABO: Violins: Margaret Faultless, Foskien Kooistra, Nicola Cleminson, Marc Cooper, Iona Davies, Laura Johnson, Carla Marotta, Barry Sargent; Violas: Jan Schlapp, Jane Norman; Violoncellos: Jaap ter Linden, Penny Driver; Violone: Nicholas Pap; Oboe: Marcel Ponseele; Bassoon: Marc Vallon; Organ: Jan Kleinbussink; Organ obbligato: Ton Koopman

Erato 4509-98536-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72201
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Nov 23-Dec 3, 1994

3-CD / TT: 198:45
3-CD / TT: 198:45
MP3 / TT: 198:08

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Producer: Tini Mathot; Sound engineer: Adriaan Verstijnen; Editing: Adriaan Verstijnen; Production Coordination: Willemijn Mooij.
See: Complete Cantatas Vol. 1 - conducted by Koopman
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 185: Complete Cantata [HD: 14:41]
Complete Cantata [HD]: Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet [S, T] [4:05] + Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] [1:59] + Mvt. 3: Aria [A] [3:43] + Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] [1:11] + Mvt. 5: Aria [B] [2:20] + Mvt. 6: Chorale [1:14]
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6

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 4 - Cantatas from Weimar II (BWV 163, 165, 185, 199)

 
 

Cantata BWV 185 [14:12]

Masaaki Suzuki

(OVPP - No Choir) / Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Midori Suzuki; Alto: Akira Tachikawa; Tenor: Makoto Sakurada; Bass: Stephan Schreckenberger
Orchestra: Violins: Natsumi Wakamatsu [Leader], Mari Ono: Azumi Takada, Yuko Takeshima, Keiko Watanabe, Amiko Watabe; Violas: Yoshiko Morita, Ryoko Moro-oka; Violoncellos: Hidemi Suzuki [Principal], Norizumi Moro-oka; Violone: Shigeru Sakurai; Organ: Masaaki Suzuki, Naoko Imai; Oboe: Alfredo Bernardini; Bassoon: Kiyotaka Dohsaka

BIS CD-801
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Jun 1996

CD / TT: 66:16
MP3 / TT: 66:10

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
Recording Producer & Digital Editing: Jens Braun; Sound Engineer: Ingo Petry.
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7

Bach Edition Vol. 12 - Cantatas Vol. 6
J.S. Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas Vol. 10 (BWV 181-200)

 
 
 

Cantata BWV 185 [15:09]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Ruth Holton; Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Knut Schoch; Bass: Bas Ramselaar
HBC: Trebles: Anne Jan Leusink, Herjan Pullen, Hans van Roset, Aalt jan van Roest, Jelle Stocker, Gerwin Zwep, Tanny Roomen, Gerrit van der Hoorn, Erik Guldenaar, Peter van de Kolk, Nicky Westerink; Counter-tenors: Arjan Dokter, Gerald Engeltjes, Maarten Engeltjes, Vincent Groeneveld, Edwin Smit, Jan Willem Prins, Arjen Nap; Tenors: Martinus Leusink, Marijn Takken, Cor van Twillert, Frank Tros, Peter Bloemendaal, Frans Benschop; Basses: Jeroen Assink, Jim Groenevald, Sebastian Holz, Willem van der Hoorn, Huib van Hinsbergen, Klaas Alberts, Richard Guldenaar, Piet Schuyn
NBC: Violins: John Wilson Meyer [Concert-master], Laura Johnson, Antoinette Lohmann, Eva Scheytt, Elin Eriksson, Mimi Mitchel, Fanny Pestalozzi, Josef Tan, David Rabinowitz; Violas: Jan Willem Vis, Simon Murphy, Maarten Boeken; Violoncellos: Frank Wakelkamp, Thomas Pitt; Double-bass: Maggie Urquhart, Robert Franenberg, Jan Hollestelle, Ties Marang, Joshua Cheatam; Oboes: Eduard Wesley [BWV 185/1], Peter Frankenberg [BWV 185/3]; Bassoons: Trudy van der Wulp; Organ: Rien Voskuilen, Vaughan Schlepp

Brilliant Classics 99371
Brilliant Classics

Nov-Dec 1999

5-CD / TT: 286:53
MP3 / TT: 338:31

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.
Listen on YouTube:
CD-1: Cantatas BWV 103, BWV 185, BWV 2 [49:55]
Buy this album at:
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8

Bach Cantatas Vol. 3: Tewkesbury/Mühlhausen
For the 4th Sunday after Trinity (BWV 24, 185, 177, 71)
For the 5th Sunday after Trinity (BWV 131, 93, 88)

 
 
1.
2.

Cantata BWV 185 [14:41]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Magdalena Kožená; Contralto: Nathalie Stutzmann; Tenor: Paul Agnew; Bass: Nicolas Testé
MC: Sopranos: Lucinda Houghton, Angela Kazimierczuk, Charlotte Mobbs, Gillian Ross, Suzanne Flowers, Katie Pringle; Altos: Elinor Carter, Richard Wyn Roberts, Charles Humphries, Timothy Kenworthy-Brown; Tenors: Rory O'Connor, John Bowley, Simon Davies, Nicholas Robertson; Basses: Jonathan Brown, Simon Oberts, Daniel Jordan, Christopher Foster
EBS: Violins 1: Alison Bury, Penny Spencer, Debbie Diamond, Deidre Ward; Violins 2: Lucy Howard, Andrew Roberts, Catherine Ford; Violas: Annette Isserlis, Jane Rogers, Colin Kitching, Kate Heller; Cellos: Richte van der Meer, Ruth Alford, Catherine Rimer; Double-basses: Valerie Botwright, Cecelia Bruggemeyer; Oboes: Xenia Löffler, James Eastaway, Mark Baigent; Bassoons: Alastair Mitchell, Philipp Turbett; Harpsichord: Howard Moody; Organ: Silas John Standage

Soli Deo Gloria SDG-141
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Jul 16, 2000

2-CD / TT: 138:15
MP3 / TT: 138:01

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Tewkesbury Abbey,
England.
Producer: Isabella de Sabata; Balance Engineers: Erdo Groot (Polyhymnia); Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot (Polyhymnia), Taco van der Wert (Eurosound); Tape Editors: Matthijs Ruijter, Erdo Groot; Edition by Reinhold Kubik, published by Breitkopf & Härtel; Series Executive Producer: Isabella de Sabata.
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 185: Complete Cantata [HD]: Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet [S, T] [4:47] + Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] [2:05] + Mvt. 3: Aria [A] [3:49] + Mvt. 4: Recitastive [B] [1:00] + Mvt. 5: Aria [B] [1:58] + Mvt. 6: Chorale [1:15]
Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet [S, T] [4:49] | Mvt. 3: Aria [A] [HD: 3:54]
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9

Washington Bach Consort, 2004-2005 season. / Noontime Cantata Concert Series, Series 16, Concert 3. 2004-12-07 [N16-3]

 

Cantata BWV 185 []

Gisèle Becker

Washington Bach Consort chorus and orchestra

Soprano: Joan McFarland; Mezzo-soprano: Barbara Hollinshead; Tenor: Philip Cave; Bass: Bobb Robinson

Washington Bach Consort

Dec 7, 2004

CD / TT: 30:04

Recorded live at the Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC, USA, in the frame of Noontime Cantata Series..
Source: WorldCat Libraries (OCLC Number: 420746247)

10

J.S. Bach: Kantate BWV 185 "Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe" [C-6]
Bach-Kantaten-Edition der Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen: Bach erlebt I - Das Bach-Jahr 2007

 
 

Cantata BWV 185 []

Conductor: Rudolf Lutz
Reflection lecture: Pia Reinacher

(OVPP - No Choir) / Schola Seconda Pratica

Soprano: Regina Kabis; Counter-tenor: Alex Potter; Tenor: Jens Weber; Bass: Markus Volpert
Orchestra: Violins: Renate Steinmann [Leader], Martin Korrodi; Viola: Susanna Hefti; Violoncello: Martin Zeller; Violone: Iris Finkbeiner; Bassoon: Susann Landert; Oboe: Martin Stadler; Organ: Norbert Zeilberger

J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen żA367
J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen

Jun 29, 2007

DVD / TT:
9-DVD / TT:

Recorded live at Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, Switzerland, in the frame of J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen.
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 & Production: Sound Engineers: Stefan Ritzenthaler, Johannes Widmer; Producer: Meinrad Keel; Production: Gallus Media AG, Switzerland; DVD format: PAL.
Watch on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 185: Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet [S, T] [HD: 4:14]
Buy this album at:
DVD (2008): J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen: Shop | Amazon.de
9-DVD (2008): J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen: Shop | Amazon.de

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11

Bachsolisten Seoul: Bach Cantata Series II (Cantatas BWV 4, 185, 12) [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 185 [14:39]

Sun-Ah Kim (김선아)

(OVPP - No Choir) / Orchestra: Bachsolisten Seoul (바흐솔리스텐 서울)

Soprano: Su-Hee Lee (이수희); Counter-tenor: Min-ho Jeong (정민호); Tenor: Seung-Hee Park (박승희); Bass: Seung-Hyuk Park (박승혁)
Orchestra: Baroque Oboe: Masamitsu San'nomiya; Baroque Violins: 최희선, 최윤정, 손경민, 송주현, 이운형; Baroque Violas: 김영정, 정몽연; Baroque Cellos: 장유진(객원수석), 김원선; Baroque Double-bass: 곽효일; Organ: 김주현

You Tube

May 1, 2012

Video / TT:

Recorded & filmed live at Seoul Art Center IBK Chamber Hall, Seoul, South Korea, in the frame of Bachsolisten Seoul: Bach Cantata Series.
Watch on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 185 [14:39]: Mvt. 1: Aria - Duet [S, T] [3:47] + Mvt. 2: Recitative [A] & Mvt. 3: Aria [A] [5:53] + Mvt. 4: Recitative [B] & Mvt. 5: Aria [B] [3:34] + Mvt. 6: Chorale [1:25]

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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (July 2000 - August 2015)
Thanks to contributors: Rudolf Bayer (October 2003), John Grayovski (October 2006), Frits V. Herbold (March 2012), Walter Roth (June 2004), Thomas Shepherd (January 2008), David Sherr (November 2004)

Cantata BWV 185: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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