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Track(s) taken from CDA67071/2

Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV646

circa 1748/9; Schübler Chorale No 2

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1995
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 1 minutes 21 seconds

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David Goode (organ)


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Bach here appears to take the word ‘flee’ in the first line of the hymn (‘To where should I flee?’) as the cue to write closely imitative running counterpoint for the manuals. The final verse of the chorale seeks the closest relationship with God, as a limb of his body. Bach would have encountered this hymn in association with the Trinity season. There is no extant cantata movement corresponding to this prelude, leading to speculation that it is an original organ work. The chorale melody appears as an inner voice played on the pedals.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Bach scheint hier das Wort ‘fliehen’ in der ersten Zeile der Hymne als Stichwort aufgefaßt zu haben und komponierte in genauer Nachbildung einen laufenden Kontrapunkt für Manualklaviatur. Der abschließende Vers des Chorals sucht, als ein Teil seines Körpers, eine innige Beziehung zu Gott. Wahrscheinlich hat Bach diese Hymne in Verbindung mit der Trinitatisfeier ins Leben gerufen. Es ist heute keiner der Kantatensätze, die zu diesem Vorspiel passen könnten, vorhanden, weshalb Vermutungen naheliegen, daß es sich hier um eine originale Orgelarbeit handelt. Die Melodie des Chorals erscheint als innere Stimme, die auf den Pedaltönen gespielt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1
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