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Komm, heiliger Geist Herre Gott, BWV652

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

This is a deeply contrasted setting from BWV651, encapsulating a different angle on the text. The prelude contains very regular structures: the episodes follow exactly the eight phrases of the chorale, and each is patterned the same way, with the same order of entries. Then end breaks the pattern and is striking for its freedom: instead of following the phrases of the chorale exactly, Bach amalgamates the final two ‘Hallelujah’ phrases into one phrase. It is tempting to interpret this in the light of the theology of Pentecost, joy and freedom coming only after the influence of the Spirit.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017


Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 4
Studio Master: SIGCD804Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Wachet auf!
CDA67071/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 8 on CDA67071/2 CD1 [7'50] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 2 on SIGCD804 CD1 [9'17] Download only
Track 8 on CDS44121/36 CD10 [7'50] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 10 track 8

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 8
    Release date: April 1996
    Deletion date: September 2005
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 10 Track 8
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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