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Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV654

1708/17; revised into Leipzig Chorales collection, the '18' circa 1744/7

The counterpoint of the accompaniment shadows the phrases of the chorale in the right hand, and the affect is a hopeful optimism that the believer will ‘lass die dunkle Sündenhöhle’ (‘leave the dark cavern of sin’). The feel is dance-like, in the manner of a sarabande, and there is beauty in the unexpected harmonic twists—the cadences onto the relative minor—as well as in the integrity of the counterpoint, densely woven from the chorale, and the subtle ornamentation of the RH’s chorale melody.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 4
SIGCD804Download only 21 April 2017 Release
Bach: Organ Music
Studio Master: SIGCD261Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 - Max Reger
CDA676832CDs for the price of 1
Bach: Wachet auf!
CDA67071/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 5 on SIGCD804 CD1 [6'13] Download only 21 April 2017 Release
Track 15 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [6'30] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 7 on CDA67683 CD2 [6'47] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 7 on SIGCD261 [6'24] Download only
Track 15 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [6'30] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 10 track 15

Recording date
21 April 1995
Recording venue
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Wachet auf! (CDA67071/2)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: April 1996
    Deletion date: September 2005
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 10 Track 15
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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