– J. S. Bach: Chromatische Fantasie d-Moll, BWV 903/1 – J. S. Bach: Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn, BWV 119 – G. Neubert: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott – F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser, op. 42, MWV A 15
Stefan Kießling (organ), Ute Selbig (soprano), Britta Schwarz (alto), Patrick Grahl (tenor), Jochen Kupfer (baritone), Ensemble Thios Omilos, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Händelfestspielorchester Halle, direction: Gotthold Schwarz
One of the most prominent events in the trade fair city’s public life was the annual council election (Ratswahl). These were celebrated in all solemnity with a church service and the performance of a special festive composition in St. Nicholas’s Church. For his first Leipzig Ratswahl cantata »Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn«, Bach pulled out all the stops. In the recitative »So herrlich stehst du, liebe Stadt« (»So glorious you stand, dear city«) and in the sumptuous choruses with their powerful fanfare sounds, he illustrates civic self-assurance. Mendelssohn’s 42nd Psalm was written in 1837 on his honeymoon. He completed the work in Leipzig and premiered it in the Gewandhaus on January 1, 1838. Mendelssohn himself described it as his »best religious work«.