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O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWVDeest


This unnumbered setting of the German Agnus Dei is a manualiter setting, with an ornamented chorale at the top of a three-part texture. As is common in Bach’s other settings of this type, the counterpoint is derived from the chorale, tracking its progress, and giving a satisfyingly integrated whole: much is packed into its 55 measures. The structure of the prelude follows that of the chorale, with a repeated first half. At the final phrase the upper part breaks free from the constraint of the melody to develop expansive quaver sequences which seem to suggest a contrary affect to the ‘mercy’ (Erbarm) and ‘peace’ (Frieden) of the texts at this point. Its lack of a BWV number perhaps reflects the doubtful authorship of the setting.

from notes by George Parsons © 2018


Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 8
Studio Master: SIGCD808Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 3 on SIGCD808 [3'12] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD808 track 3

Recording date
4 January 2016
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew O'Donovan
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Michael Gerrard
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  1. Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 8 (SIGCD808)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: June 2018
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