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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV645

composer
circa 1748/9; Schübler Chorale No 1; arrangement of Cantata 140 movement 4
arranger
commissioned by Harriet Cohen and first published by Oxford University Press in A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen; first performed at the Queen's Hall on 17 October 1932

 
The Bach Book for Harriet Cohen, arranged alphabetically by composer, opens with Sir Granville Bantock’s version of the chorale prelude Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645 (originally based on a chorus from Cantata No 140). The wide left-hand leaps in which Bantock indulges on the first appearance of the chorale tune, where the bottom note is sounded as a grace-note before the rest of the harmony, were a feature which especially excited Ronald Stevenson’s derision, and several of the other contributors are guilty of this rather makeshift stratagem. Stevenson compared the Bantock, to its detriment, with Busoni’s famous treatment of the same piece. Later appearances are in octaves, however, while a brief episode in pastoral sixths and a sensitive underpinning of the figuration in thirds are among the felicities of the setting. Bantock made a version of this arrangement for small orchestra in 1945.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Le Bach Book for Harriet Cohen, classé alphabétiquement par compositeur, s’ouvre sur la version de Sir Granville Bantock du prélude-choral Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645 (basé à l’origine sur un chœur de la Cantate no 140). Les larges sauts à la main gauche marquant l’apparition de la mélodie du choral, où la note inférieure est comme une note d’agrément avant le reste de l’harmonie, excitèrent particulièrement la dérision de Ronald Stevenson, d’autant que Bantock ne fut pas le seul contributeur à utiliser ce stratagème de fortune. Quand Stevenson compara cette version avec le célèbre arrangement de Busoni, ce fut au désavantage de Bantock. Les apparitions ultérieures du choral sont toutefois en octaves, cependant qu’un bref épisode en sixtes pastorales et un sensible soutien de la figuration en tierces comptent parmi les tours heureux de cette version que Bantock arrangera, en 1945, pour petit orchestre.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Der alphabetisch nach Komponisten geordnete Bach Book for Harriet Cohen beginnt mit Sir Granville Bantocks Version des Chorals Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645 (ursprünglich auf Grundlage eines Chors aus der Kantate Nr. 140). Die weiten Sprünge in der linken Hand, mit denen Bantock im ersten Erscheinen der Choralmelodie schwelgt, wo der Grundton als Verzierung vor dem übrigen Akkord erklingt, war besondere Zielscheibe des Spotts in Ronald Stevensons zitiertem Brief, und mehrere andere Beiträge machen sich ebenfalls dieses recht aus der Not geborenen Kunstgriffs schuldig. Stevenson verglich Bantocks Beitrag zu dessen Nachteil mit Busonis berühmter Bearbeitung desselben Stücks. Spätere Wiederholungen stehen in Oktaven, doch eine kurze Episode in pastoralen Sexten und ein einfühlsamer Unterbau der Figuration in Terzen zählen zu den geglückten Partien der Bearbeitung, die Bantock 1945 für ein kleines Orchester umschrieb.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

Recordings

Bach Transcribed
Studio Master: SIGCD156Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach Arrangements
CDA67309
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 2 – Ferruccio Busoni
CDA67324
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch
CDA67344
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
CDA67767
Bach: Sonatas & Chorales
CKD275Download only
Bach: Wachet auf!
CDA67071/22CDs Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Track 1 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [5'32] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 4 on CDA67309 [4'18]
Track 5 on CDA67324 [3'07]
Track 5 on CDA67767 [4'58]
Track 5 on CKD275 [4'05] Download only
Track 1 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [5'32] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Arrangement: Morning Song
Movement 4. Chorale: Zion hört die Wächter singen
Track 10 on SIGCD156 [5'17] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67767 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-10-76705
Duration
4'58
Recording date
20 September 2008
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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