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Cantata BWV 31
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret

Ref.

BWV 31

German Title

Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret

English Title

The heavens laugh! The earth rejoices (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Cantata for Easter Sunday
Readings: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8; Gospel: Markus 16: 1-8

Composed

Weimar, 1715; Re-fashioned for re-performances in Leipzig in 1724 and in 1731
1st performance: April 21, 1715 - Weimar
2nd performance: April 9, 1724 - Leipzig
3rd performance: March 25, 1731 - Leipzig

Text

Salomo Franck (Mvts. 1-8); Nikolaus Herman (Mvt. 9)

German-1 | German-6 (1) | German-6 (2) | NBA Text | Translations: Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-3 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-1 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-2 | Italian-4 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-2 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: 3 trumpets, timpani, 4 oboes, tenor oboe (taille), bassoon, string group (violins, viola, celli), continuo
Mvt. 1: Sonata | Mvt. 2: Chorus | Mvt. 3: Recitative | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Recitative | Mvt. 6: Aria | Mvt. 7: Recitative | Mvt. 8: Aria w/ Instrumental Chorale | Mvt. 9: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [2.16 MB] | Score BGA [4.44 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 9
Capella: Mvt. 1 | Mvt. 2 | Mvt. 9 [cap]
Chorale Melody: Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist

References

BGA: VII | NBA: I/9 | BC: A 55 | Zwang: K 18 | First Published: BG, 1857 | Autograph score (facsimile): ?

Commentary

Crouch | AMG | Bethlehem | Mincham | EvH [Dutch] | Role [French] | Japanese-1 | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of April 15, 2001; Week of April 24, 2005; Week of June 6, 2010

Contents

 

Complete Recordings
Recordings of Individual Movements

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

John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 22
Complete Cantatas Vol. 1 - conducted by Ton Koopman

Recordings - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

The RIAS Bach Cantatas Project (1949-1952) [C-5]

 

Cantata BWV 31 [22:51]

Karl Ristenpart

RIAS-Kammerchor / RIAS-Kammerorchester

Soprano: Lilo Rolwes; Tenor: Helmut Krebs; Bass: Gerhard Niese

Audite 21.415

Mar 9+20+21, 1950

9-CD / TT: 631:06
MP3 / TT: 629:09

Recorded at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany. Radio recordings. Previously unissued in any form.
Produser Comment | Press Kit German | Press Kit English
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2

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 31; Seven Easter Chorales [L-4]
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 31; Cantata No. 70 [L-11]

 

Cantata BWV 31 [22:25]

Felix Prohaska

Wiener Kammerchor / Wiener Kammerochester

Soprano: Anny Felbermayer; Tenor: Waldemar Kmentt; Bass: Walter Berry

Bach Guild BG-512
Bach Guild BG-615 (1962)

1952

LP / TT: ~50:00
LP / TT: 50:20

Recorded in Europe.

3

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 31 & Magnificat BWV 243 [L-3]
J.S. Bach: Magnificat; Kantata BWV 31 (Osterkantate)
[C-3]
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243; Cantata BWV 31: Der Himmel lacht"; Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
[B-1]

 
 

Cantata BWV 31 [21:06]

Marcel Couraud

L'ensemble vocal et instrumental de Stuttgart (Stuttgarter Chor und Orchester)

Soprano: Friederike Sailer; Contralto: Margarethe Bence; Tenor: Fritz Wunderlich (pseudonym "Werner S. Braun" on LP);Bass: August Messthaler

Les Discophiles Français
Philips 835493 LY
Columbia ML-5342
Philips 4800217
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Decca Eloquence: 4803689

Jul 1956

LP / TT:
LP / TT:
LP / TT:
CD / TT: 58:04
MP3 / TT: 47:54
2-CD / TT: 93:02

Recorded at SDR Studio, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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4

Les Grandes Cantates de J.S. Bach Vol. 16
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 31, Cantata No. 105 [L-16]
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 6, 31, 67, 76, 80, 87
[C-3]
Bach Cantatas:
Volume 1

Cantata BWV 31 [24:08]

Fritz Werner

Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn / Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra

Soprano: Agnes Giebel; Alto: Claudia Hellmann (Mvt. 2); Tenor: Helmut Krebs; Bass: Erich Wenk

Erato STE-50183
Musical Heritage Society MHS-1023
Erato 4509-98525-2
Erato 2584-61401-2

Jun 1963

LP / TT: 50:23
LP / TT: 50:23
2-CD / TT: 148:25
10-CD / TT: 741:36

Recorded in Ilsfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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5

Bach: Cantatas Nos. 31 & 50 – Buxtehude: “O Gottes Stadt” [C-1]

Cantata BWV 31 [23:30]

Dr. Kurt Bauer (Conductor & Organist)

Dresden Cathedral Choir & Orchestra

Soloists of the Dresden Cathedral (No Names)

Janus Piroquette 19017

1965 (?)

LP / TT: 41:00

 

6

J.S. Bach: Das · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 9 - BWV 31-34
J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk - Sacred Cantatas
Vol. 2 - BWV 20-36
Bach-2000
Vol. 1: Sacred Cantatas 1 - BWV 1-14, 16-47
Bach: Cantatas / Kantaten
Vol. 10 - BWV 30-31

 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 31 [20:56 / 20:59]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Boy Soprano & Alto: Soloists of the Wiener Sängerknaben; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Siegmund Nimsgern

Telefunken 6.35035
Teldec 8.35035 ZL
Teldec 4509-91756-2
Teldec 3984-25706-2
Teldec 8573-81205-2
Warner Classics 8573-81205-5

Oct-Nov 1972; Feb 1973

2-LP / TT: 84 min
2-CD / TT: 84:43
6-CD / TT: 385:33
15-CD / TT: 999:37
CD / TT: 58:44
CD / TT: 58:44

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (?).
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7

Bach: Kantaten BWV 31, BWV 66 [L-4]
Bach Kantaten: BWV 4, BWV 134, BWV 31 [C-3]
Bach Kantaten: BWV 106, BWV 31, BWV 66 [C-7]
Bach Made in Germany Vol. 4 -
Cantatas VII
J.S. Bach: Oster-Kantaten · Easter Cantatas BWV 4 · 31 · 66 · 134 [C-18]


 
 
 
 

Cantata BWV 31 (Leipzig version 1724) [22:40 / 22:42 / 22:44]

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch

Thomanerchor Leipzig / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soprano: Helga Termer; Tenor: Eberhard Büchner; Bass: Hermann Christian Polster
Armin Männel (Trumpet I); Hartmut Thieme (Trumpet II); Harry Haertel (Trumpet III); Peter Fischer (Oboe);
Continuo: Burkhard Schmidt (Violoncello); Heinz Morawietz (Double-bass); Almut Reuter (Organ)

Eterna 827010
Berlin Classics BC-2067-2
=
Berlin Classics 0090252BC
=
Leipzig Classics 0018302BC
Berlin Classics 0184112BC
=

Jan/Dec 1976 [LP] or Jan, Jun 1976 [CD]

LP / TT: 54:20
CD / TT: 74:01
MP3 / TT: 73:45
CD / TT: 77:37
MP3 / TT: 77:18
CD / TT: 77:37
2-CD / TT: 105:30
MP3 / TT: 105:33

Recorded at Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Recording Producer: Heinz Wegner; Balance Engineer: Eberhard Richter; Recording Enginneers: Hartmut Kölbach, Horst Langherrich, Editing: Hildegard Mehe.
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8

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 30
Edition Bachakademie
Vol. 10

Cantata BWV 31 [22:25]

Helmuth Rilling

Indiana University Chamber Singers / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Arleen Augér; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Wolfgang Schöne

Hänssler 98.881
Hänssler

Mar-May 1976

CD / TT: 53:30
CD / TT: 58:03

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany & Südwest Tonstudio, Stuttgart, Germany.
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9

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 1
J.S. Bach: Easter Cantatas
[B-1]

 

Cantata BWV 31 [20:56]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Barbara Schlick; Alto: Kai Wessel; Tenor: Guy de Mey; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 98536
Antoine Marchand CC-72201
Antoine Marchand CC-72231

Nov 23-Dec 3, 1994

3-CD / TT: 180:18
3-CD / TT: 180:18
2-CD / TT: 151:00

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
See: Complete Cantatas Vol. 1 - conducted by Ton Koopman
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10

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 6 - BWV 21, 31

 
 

Cantata BWV 31 [19:53]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Monika Frimmer; Tenor: Gerd Türk; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 851

Jun 1997

CD / TT: 68:01

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
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11

Bach Cantatas Vol. 22: Eisenach
For Easter Sunday / For Easter Monday
For Easter Monday / For Easter Tuesday

 
 

Cantata BWV 31 [18:26]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Gillian Keith; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Stephen Varcoe

Soli Deo Gloria 128

Apr 23-24, 2000

2-CD / TT: 120:39

Live recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage at Georgenkirche, Eisenach, Germany.
See: John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 22
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12

Bach Festival 68th annual [F68-a]

 

Cantata BWV 31 []

Dwight Oltman

Baldwin-Wallace College Choir / Festival Chamber Orchestra

Soprano: Dominique Labelle; Tenor: William Hite; Baritone: Sanford Sylvan

Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music

Apr 2000

4-CD / TT:

Recorded live at Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, USA.
Source: WorldCat Libraries

13

Bach Edition Vol. 21 - Cantatas Vol. 12

 
 

Cantata BWV 31 [21:09]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Ruth Holton; Tenor: Nico van der Meel; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99380

Jun-Jul 2000

5-CD / TT: 332:53

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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14

Easter 2008 [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 31 []

Bálint Karosi

First Lutheran Church Choir & Orchestra

Soloists: ?

YouTube

Mar 23, 2008 (Easter Sunday)

Video / TT:

Recorded live at First Lutheran Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Watch & listen to this recording on YouTube: Sonata Mvt. 1: Sontata [2:42] | Mvt. 2: Chorus [3:57] | Mvt. 9: Chorale [1:13]

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (April 2001 - October 2013)
Thanks to contributors: Matthias Hansen (August 2006, June 2013), Frits V. Herbold (February 2012), Tutomu Nagamiya
(June 2008), Walter Roth (June 2008), Thomas Shepherd (April 2007)

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