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Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV225
author of text
Psalm 149: 1-3; 150: 2, 6
author of text
Nun lob mein Seel; verse 3

'Bach: The Six Motets' (CDA66369)
Bach: The Six Motets
CDA66369  To be superseded by CDH55417  
Part 1: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Part 2: Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
Part 3: Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV225
There is no doubt about the authenticity of the eight-part Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied. It dates perhaps from the New Year 1727, and is a setting of words from Psalm 149, verses 1–3 and Psalm 150, verses 2 and 6, separated by a chorale movement based on verse 3 of the chorale ‘Nun lob, mein Seel’ in Choir 2, which is answered in Choir 1 by a free setting of a chorale text related to ‘O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort’. The three-movement structure of the work suggests that Bach thought of it as a sort of choral concerto, and this is borne out by the mighty first movement, which is laid out in the ritornello plan: statements of the theme in each of the main keys visited are separated by modulating episodes. This was this piece that Mozart heard during his famous visit to St Thomas’s Leipzig in 1789, as reported by Friedrich Rochlitz:

Hardly had the choir sung a few measures when Mozart sat up, startled; a few measures more and he called out: ‘What is this?’ And now his whole soul seemed to be in his ears. When the singing was finished he cried out, full of joy: ‘Now, there is something one can learn from!’

And learn from it Mozart certainly did, as his Requiem shows.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1990

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Details for CDA66369 track 20
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
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 20
    Release date: July 1990
    Deletion date: October 2013
    To be superseded by CDH55417
  2. Bach: The Six Motets (CDH55417)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: October 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon October 2014 Release
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