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O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV656

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

The chorale text paraphrases the Agnus Dei from the Mass, and is in three verses, which Bach follows in this setting in triple time. In the first verse the soprano line has the melody, which moves to the alto in the second. The pedal enters with the melody in the third verse, and although aspects of the writing can be tied to phrases from the text, this music is the Lamb of God triumphant.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Der Choraltext ist eine in drei Strophen eingeteilte Paraphrase des Agnus Dei aus der Messe, die Bach in dieser Vertonung im Dreiertakt entwickelt. In der ersten Strophe trägt die Sopranlinie die Melodie, die sich im zweiten im Alto bewegt. Das Orgelpedal tritt zusammen mit der Melodie im dritten Vers ein, und obgleich Aspekte der Komposition einigen Textphrasen zugeschrieben werden können, ist diese Musik des Lamm Gottes triumphierend.

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


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Recording date
17 April 2015
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew O'Donovan
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Robin Hawkins
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