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Track(s) taken from CDA67071/2

Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV649

circa 1748/9; Schübler Chorale No 5; arrangement of Cantata 6 movement 3

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1995
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 2 minutes 19 seconds

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The final two preludes in the Schübler set have a liveliness which matches the first two and a joyfulness which seemingly looks beyond the immediate meaning of the words towards eternal bliss. Both are solo arias in their cantata versions.

Bach’s cantata (No 6) based on the Gospel account of Jesus’s post-Resurrection evening meeting with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus was first performed on Easter Monday 1725, and contained a version of this prelude. It has an obbligato played in the violoncello piccolo encompassing an extended tenor register, and in the organ version this is played by the hands, with the chorale melody appearing above, and a pedal bass line. Both accompaniment and bass draw motivic figures from the chorale. The words here ask Jesus to stay with the suppliants, because ‘it has now become evening’—the evening of mortal life, perhaps?

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Die zwei letzten Präludien der Schüblerschen Choräle zeugen von einer Lebendigkeit, die der der beiden ersten in keiner Weise nachsteht, sowie von einem Frohsinn, der scheinbar hinter die unmittelbare Bedeutung der Worte nach ewiger Glückseligkeit schaut. Beide sind in ihrer jeweiligen Kantatenversion Soloarien.

Bachs Kantate (Nr. 6) entstammt einer Passage des Evangeliums, die beschreibt, wie Jesus am Abend nach seiner Wiederauferstehung zwei Jüngern auf der Straße nach Emmaus erscheint. Mit dieser Präludiumversion erlebte sie am Ostermontag 1725 ihre Erstaufführung. Sie enthält ein Obligato, das, das erweiterte Tenorregister umfassend, von dem Violincello Piccolo gespielt wird. In der Orgelversion wird diese Passage von den Händen, mit einer darüber liegenden Choralmelodie und einer Baßlinie auf dem Pedal, gespielt. Sowohl die Begleitung als auch der Baß zeichnen ein Bild der motivischen Choralfiguren. Die Arbeit drückt hier eine Bitte an Jesus aus, die Flehenden nicht zu verlassen, denn ‘es wird nun Abend’—vielleicht Abend des sterblichen Daseins?

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

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