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Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641
composer
circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein
arranger

Recordings
'A Bach Album' (CDA67247)
A Bach Album
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'Bach Arrangements' (CDA67309)
Bach Arrangements
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'Bach: Orgelbüchlein' (CDA66756)
Bach: Orgelbüchlein
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'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/36  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted  
Details
Track 44 on CDA66756 [2'00] Archive Service
Track 12 on CDA67247 [2'02]
Track 8 on CDA67309 [2'29]
Track 44 on CDS44121/36 CD9 [2'00] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641
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Staying in the ‘benedictory’ key of G major (as Wilfrid Mellers calls it), Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641 is based on the same melody as the chorale prelude Bach dictated on his deathbed – a tune by Louis Bourgeois, dated 1547. The text for the hymn is as follows:

Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein
Und wissen nicht, wo aus noch ein,
Und finden weder Hilf noch Rath,
Ob wir gleich sorgen früh und spat:
So ist dies unser Trost allein,
Dass wir zusammen insgemein
Dich anrufen, o treuer Gott,
Um Rettung aus der Angst und Noth.
When in the hour of utmost need
We know not where to look for aid,
When days and nights of anxious thought
Nor help nor counsel yet have brought,
Then this our comfort is alone;
That we may meet before Thy throne,
And cry, O faithful God, to Thee,
For rescue from our misery.

As in all three of my transcriptions, I have stayed extremely close to the original, simply doubling the pedal part, and occasionally moving a voice to another octave if need be. This chorale prelude is an arabesque – a florid, serene melody which, after staying within a fairly small range, soars upwards in the second last phrase, mirroring the words ‘And cry, O faithful God, to Thee’. The accompaniment constantly refers to the first four notes of the hymn tune.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2001

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Details for CDA67309 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-30908
Duration
2'29
Recording date
4 April 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach Arrangements (CDA67309)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 2001
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