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Lobet den Herrn, BWV230

composer
before 1751: date unknown but earliest source is 1821 Breitkopf edition
author of text
Psalm 117

 
Doubt has been cast on the authenticity of the four-part Lobet den Herrn, a setting of the short Psalm 117, for the earliest source is a Breitkopf edition of 1821. But it is difficult to see who else could have written such a vigorous, compact yet expansive work, cast in true motet style as a series of contrapuntal points within one long movement, to which is appended a contrasted triple time Alleluia.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1990

Un doute a, en effet, été jeté sur l’authenticité du motet à quatre parties Lobet den Herrn, une mise en musique du court psaume 117, car la plus ancienne source dont nous disposons est une édition Breitkopf de 1821. Mais l’on voit mal qui d’autre aurait pu écrire une pièce aussi vigoureuse, compacte mais expansive, coulée dans un authentique style de motet en une série de points contrapuntiques disposés au sein d’un long mouvement, auquel est joint un Alléluia ternaire contrasté.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Holman © 1990
Français: Hypérion

Im Falle der vierstimmigen Motette Lobet den Herrn, eine Vertonung des kurzen Psalms 117, ist sogar lange Zeit hinweg die Autorschaft bezweifelt worden, da die älteste Quelle eine Breitkopf-Ausgabe von 1821 ist. Umgekehrt lässt sich aber nicht sagen, wer sonst ein so lebhaftes, kompaktes und doch weitläufiges Stück im wahren Motettenstil mit einer Reihe von Kontrapunkten innerhalb eines langen Satzes, dem ein kontrastierendes Halleluja im Dreiertakt angehängt ist, hätte schreiben können.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Holman © 1990
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Bach: The Six Motets
CDH55417
Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201410Download-only monthly sampler

Details

Part 1: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Track 3 on CDH55417 [5'10]
Track 10 on HYP201410 [5'10] Download-only monthly sampler
Part 2: Halleluja
Track 4 on CDH55417 [1'30]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66369 track 3

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-36903
Duration
5'10
Recording date
26 April 1989
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: The Six Motets (CDA66369)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: July 1990
    Deletion date: October 2013
    Superseded by CDH55417
  2. Bach: The Six Motets (CDH55417)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 2014
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2014 (HYP201410)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 2014
    Download-only monthly sampler
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