Part 1: Aus tiefer Not: Chorale
Part 2: Aus tiefer Not: Fugue
Part 3: Bei dir gilt nichts
Part 4: Und ob es währt
Part 5: Ob bei uns ist der Sünden viel
The first of the Three Sacred Choruses, Aus tiefer Not, is structured in five sections, four of which are unaccompanied and built on the main chorale theme. The central third—itself a paraphrase of the chorale—is accompanied and cast in Mendelssohn’s flowing, lyrical style, in stark contrast to the neo-Bachian music (most notably the fugal second movement) by which it is surrounded.
from notes by Julian Haylock © 2006