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Cantata BWV 8
Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?

Ref.

BWV 8

German Title

Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?

English Title

Dearest God, When will my Death be? (by Z. Philip Ambrose)

Event

Cantata for the 16th Sunday after Trinity
Reading: Epistle: Ephesians 3: 13-21; Gospel: Luke 7: 11-17
Musical Context: Motets & Chorales for 16th Sunday after Trinity

Composed

Leipzig, 1724
1st performance: September 24, 1724 - Leipzig
2nd performance: 1735-1740 - Leipzig
3rd performance (Late version in D): 1746-1747 - Leipzig

Text

Caspar Neumann (Mvts. 1, 6); Anon (Mvts. 2-5)

German Text | German-2 | NBA Text | Translations: Arabic-1 | Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-2 | Dutch-3 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-1 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-2 | Japanese-6 | Portuguese-2 | Russian-1 | Spanish-2 | Spanish-7
Chorale Text: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben

Scoring

Soloists: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; 4-part Chorus
Orchestra: transverse flute, 2 oboes d’amore, strings, continuo; horn features in the continuo for the 1st movement
Mvt. 1: Chorus | Mvt. 2: Aria | Mvt. 3: Recitative | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Recitative | Mvt. 6: Chorale

Score Vocal & Piano [1.65 MB] | Score BGA [2.97 MB]
Chorales: Mvt. 6
Capella: Mvt. 6 [cap]
Chorale Melody: Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben

References

BGA: I | NBA: I/23 | BC: A 137 | Zwang: K 88 | First Published: BG, 1851| Autograph score (facsimile): ?

Commentary

Crouch | AMG | Emmanuel Music | Mincham | EvH [Dutch] | HT [Dutch] | Role [French] | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of December 9, 1999; Week of September 3, 2006; Week of March 18, 2012

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 - Vols. 1&8
Cantatas Vol. 24 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

Discography - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

Bach Cantatas Vol. 4 - Sundays after Trinity I

Karl Richter

Münchener Bach-Chor / Münchener Bach-Orchester

Soprano: Ursula Buckel; Alto: Hertha Töpper; Tenor: Ernst Haefliger; Bass: Kieth Engen

Archiv Produktion

July-Aug 1959

TT: 23:45

Recorded at Augustana-Saal, Ansbach, Germany.
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2

Les Grandes Cantates de J.S. Bach Vol. 12
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 110, Cantata No. 8 [L-12]
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 8, 26, 43, 61, 85, 130, 182
[C-2]
Bach Cantatas:
Volume 2

 

Cantata BWV 8 [21:28]

Fritz Werner

Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn / Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra

Soprano: Friederike Sailer; Mezzo-Soprano: Claudia Hellmann; Tenor: Helmut Krebs; Bass: Erich Wenk

Erato LDE-3206 (Mono)
Erato STE-50086 (Stereo)
Musical Heritage Society MHS-561
Erato 4509-97407-2
Erato 2584-61402-2

1961

LP / TT: 48:23
LP / TT: 48:23
LP / TT: 48:23
2-CD / TT: 147 min
10-CD / TT: 722:00

Recorded in Ilsfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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3

Bach Kantaten, Vol. 6: BWV 99, BWV 8, BWV 55 [D-6]

 
 

Cantata BWV 8 [22:02]

Diethard Hellmann

Kurrende des Bachchores Mainz und Bachorchester Mainz

Soprano: Herrat Eicker; Alto: Brigitte Fassbaender; Tenor: Kurt Huber; Bass: Siegmund Nimsgern
Werner Richter (Flute); Fred Schweinfurter (Oboe d’amore); Karl-Heinz Dieckmann (Oboe d’amore); Werner Taube (Continuo-Cello); Martha Schuster (Organ)

DdM-Records Mitterteich 200002

Late 1960’s ? (P 2000)

CD / TT: 56:09

Recorded by SWF at Christuskirche, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
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CD: Musik aus Mitterteich - Hubertus Krämer

4

J.S. Bach: Das Kantatenwerk · Complete Cantatas · Les Cantates, Folge / Vol. 2 - BWV 5-8
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. 3 - BWV 7-9

 
 

Cantata BWV 8 [19:03]

Gustav Leonhardt

King's College Choir Cambridge (Chorus Master: David Willcocks) / Leonhardt-Consort

Soprano: Soloist of the Regensburger Domspatzen (No name); Alto: Paul Esswood; Tenor: Kurt Equiluz; Bass: Max van Egmond

Telefunken 6.35028
Teldec 8.35028 ZL
Teldec 4509-91755-2
Teldec 3984-25706-2
Teldec 8573-81123-2
Warner Classics 8573-81123-5

Jan 1971

2-LP / TT: 88 min
2-CD / TT: 86:58
6-CD / TT: 386:45
15-CD / TT: 999:37
CD / TT: 62:07
CD / TT: 62:07

Recorded in Amsrterdam, the Netherlands.
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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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5

Die Bach Kantate Vol. 51
Edition Bachakademie Vol. 3

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano: Arleen Augér; Alto: Helen Watts; Tenor: Adalbert Kraus; Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher

Hänssler

Feb, Oct 1979

TT: 16:55

Recorded at Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart, Germany.
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6

J.S. Bach: 6 Favourite Cantatas [C-2]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Julianne Baird; Alto: Allan Fast; Tenor: Frank Kelley; Bass: Jan Opalach

Decca

Mar-Apr 1988

TT: 18:22

Recorded at Methuen Memorial Hall, MA, USA.
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7

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Volume II - Trauerode [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 8 [17:21]

Jeffrey Thomas

American Bach Soloists

Soprano: Julianne Baird; Alto: Steven Rickards; Tenor: Jeffrey Thomas; Bass: James Weaver

Koch International Classics 3-7163-2H1
American Bach Soloists

Jan 10-11 & Mar 1-2, 1992

CD / TT: 67:51

Recorded at St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA, USA.
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ABS CD (2007): Amazon.com

8

»50 Bach-Kantaten aufgeführt in japanischer Sprache« Vol. 2

Cantata BWV 8 [21:41] - sung in Japanese translation by Emiko Ohmura

Emiko Ohmura

Bach-Chor Tokyo / Tokyo Cantata Chamber Orchestra

Soprano: Konomi Nagoya; Alto: Mariko Sasaki; Tenor: Masatoshi Sasaki; Bass: Akira Watanabe; Organ: Miyako Kusama

Bach-Chor Tokyo BACHCD 02

May 7, 1994

CD / TT: 63:10

Recorded at live at Ishibashi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Source: J.S. Bach: »50 Bach-Kantaten aufgeführt in japanischer Sprache« Vols. 1-20: CD

9

J.S. Bach: "Mit Fried und Freud" [C-12]

 

Cantata BWV 8 [18:31]

Philippe Herreweghe

Collegium Vocale Gent

Soprano: Deborah York; Alto: Ingeborg Danz; Tenor: Mark Padmore; Bass: Peter Kooy

Harmonia Mundi France

Feb 1998

CD / TT: 58:40

Recorded at l'Eglise Doopsgezinde Germeente, Haarlem, Holland.
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10

Bach Edition Vol. 12 - Cantatas Vol. 6

 
 

Cantata BWV 8 [18.17]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Holland Boys Choir / Netherlands Bach Collegium

Soprano: Ruth Holton; Alto: Sytse Buwalda; Tenor: Marcel Beekman; Bass: Bas Ramselaar

Brilliant Classics 99371

Nov-Dec 1999

5-CD / TT: 286:53

Recorded at St. Nicolaschurch, Elburg, Holland.
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11

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 12

 

Cantata BWV 8 [18:38]
Apendix: Alternate version of Aria for Bass (Mvt. 4) with traverso and oboe d’amore [4:58].

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano: Lisa Larsson; Alto: Annette Markert; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien; Bass: Klaus Mertens

Erato 8573-85842-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72211

Mar 2000

3-CD / TT: 201:13

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland.
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12

Bach Cantatas Vol. 8: Bremen / Santiago
For the 15th Sunday after Trinity
For the 16th Sunday after Trinity

 
 

Cantata BWV 8 [18:38]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Katharine Fuge; Counter-tenor: Robin Tyson; Tenor: Mark Padmore; Bass: Thomas Guthrie

Soli Deo Gloria 104

Oct 7, 2000

2-CD / TT: 145:04

Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Santo Domingo de Bonaval, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
See: John Eliot Gardiner - Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vols. 1&8
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13

J.S. Bach: Kóralkantáták III [C-4]

 

Cantata BWV 8 []

Salamon Kamp

Lutherania Choir (Lutheránia énekkar) / Weiner-Szász Chamber Symphony (Weiner-Szász Kamaraszimfónikusok)

Soprano: Mária Zádori; Alto: Judit Németh; Tenor: Péter Marosvári; Bass: Joszéf Moldvay; Gábor Trajtler (Organ)

Lutherania

Jun 10, 2001

MP3 / TT

Recorded live during 12th Budapest Bach Weeks, at Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church), Budapest, Hungary.
Download this recording from: Lutherania: Recordings [MP3]

14

J.S. Bach: Cantatas Vol. 24 - Cantatas from Leipzig 1724 - BWV 8, 33, 113

 
 

Cantata BWV 8 [17:06]
Appendix: Cantata BWV 8: 2nd version of the opening chorus (Mvt. 1) [5:35]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

Soprano: Yukari Nonoshita; Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze; Tenor: Gerd Türk; Bass: Peter Kooy

BIS 1351

Sep 6-10, 2002

CD / TT: 67:37

Recorded at the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan.
See: Cantatas Vol. 24 - conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
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15

Cantata No. 8, Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben? (J.S. Bach) [C-2]

 

Cantata BWV 8 []

Edward Lundergan

Kairos: A Consort of Singers / Orchestra

Soprano: Christine Howlett; Alto: Patricia Marquez; Tenor: Glenn Knickerbocker; Baritone: William Ashby

Kairos: A Consort of Singers

Sep 27, 2009

MP3 / TT

Recorded live at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, New York, USA.
Listen to this recording at: Kairos: A Consort of Singers

16

Blanche Moyse 2nd Annual Memorial Concert [C-1]

 

Cantata BWV 8 [24:58]

Mary Westbrook-Geha

Blanche Moyse Chorale / Strathmere Festival Orchestra (Music Director: Per Brevig)

Soprano: Mary Ellen Callahan; Alto: Mary Westbrook-Geha, Tenor: Steven Paul Spears; Bass: David Tinervia

YouTube

Oct 12, 2012

Video / TT: 91:57

Recorded live at St. Joseph's Church, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, USA.
Watch on YouTube: Cantata BWV 8, Liebster Gott [24:58]

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (December 1999 - December 2012)
Thanks to contributors: Rolf Günther (October 2012), Frits V. Herbold (March 2012, April 2012), Teri Noel Towe (December 2001)

Cantata BWV 8: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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