– J. S. Bach: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74 – J. S. Bach: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott, BWV 127 – S. König: Haddock – J. S. Bach: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129
Cornelia Samuelis (soprano), Susanne Langner (alto), Tobias Hunger (tenor), Matthias Vieweg (bass), Leipziger Cantorey, Leitung: Alt-Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Weimar, Stefan Altner (continuo harpsichord), Cornelia Osterwald (continuo organ), direction: Gotthold Schwarz
Bach’s incumbency as cantor of St. Thomas’s Church certainly marked a highpoint in Leipzig’s rich musical history. During his first two years as cantor, he performed only his own cantatas at church services: the cantata »Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten« was performed on May 20, 1725. Its first two movements are based on a cantata most likely played on the first day of Pentecost 1723 in Leipzig’s university church St. Paul’s. »Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott« is part of Bach’s circle of chorale cantatas (1724/25), to which the cantata »Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott«, written for Trinitatis 1726, was later added. In his work entitled »Haddock«, Leipzig pianist and composer Stephan König picks up on a chapter of Leipzig’s history in the twentieth century: »Haddock« was the codename for Leipzig as the target of aerial attacks by the Allied Forces during the Second World War.