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Fürchte dich nicht, BWV228
4 February 1726; funeral of wife of Staadthauptmann Winkler
author of text
Isaiah 41: 10; 43: 1
author of text
Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen; 1653

'Bach: The Six Motets' (CDH55417)
Bach: The Six Motets
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Fürchte dich nicht, BWV228
The eight-part Fürchte dich nicht has been assigned to the funeral service of the wife of the Leipzig official Stadthauptmann Winkler on 4 February 1726. The work is in two movements. The first, a setting of Isaiah 41, verse 10, uses a modernized version of the late sixteenth-century polychoral style, with the two choirs answering and combining largely in block chords. Exactly half way through the work the text changes to Isaiah 43, verse 1, set to a three-part chromatic fugue sung by the combined lower voices of the two choirs, which then supports two verses of Paul Gerhardt’s hymn ‘Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen’, given out as a cantus firmus by the combined sopranos. Of the six Bach motets, this is the one most closely related in style to the motets of the earlier members of his family; indeed, it has exactly the same formal scheme as the eight-part setting of ‘Fürchtet euch nicht’ by Johann Michael Bach (1648–94), a work that Bach would have known from a copy in the archive of his family’s compositions, which he helped to assemble.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1990

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66369 track 5
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 5
    Release date: July 1990
    Deletion date: October 2013
    Superseded by CDH55417
  2. Bach: The Six Motets (CDH55417)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
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