JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): Köthener Trauermusik, BWV 244a
Catalogue Number: 11Q020
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Reference: HMC 902211
Description: This recreation gives us the large-scale cantata Bach made up in parody fashion for the funeral service in 1727 of his former employer Prince Leopold of Cöthen. The texts are by Picander, who had just done those for the St. Matthew Passion and people noticed the exact metrical correspondance between the Köthener texts and the music of the Passion in nine solo arias and the final chorus. Later scholarship found equivalents in two choruses from the Trauerode, BWV 198 and matched the Dictum of the Cöthen score to the second Kyrie of the B minor Mass. Recitatives, none of which survive, are supplied almost entirely from the Passion. The results are an intensely dramatic and personal testimony of Bach's well-known deep sorrow for the loss of his Cöthen employer. German-English texts. Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Damien Guillon (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Christian Immler (bass), Ensemble Pygmalion; Raphaël Pinchon.