s Mit Fried und Freud – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


02/09/2012 — 18:00

*Mit Fried und Freud*

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750):

Cantata BWV 46 ‘Schauet doch und sehet’
Cantata BWV 125 ‘Mit Fried und Freud’
Missa brevis BWV 236

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707):

Cantata BuxWV 76 ‘Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’

Dorothee Mields _soprano_
Damien Guillon _countertenor_
Thomas Hobbs _tenor_
Peter Kooij _bass_

Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe


Mit Fried und Freud

*Mit Fried und Freud*

It’s no secret that the poetry and musical preferences of the great church reformer Martin Luther run as a common thread through the works of both Johann Sebastian Bach and his mentor from Lübeck, Dietrich Buxtehude. Luther’s moving chorale text Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin was the basis of Buxtehude’s masterful Klaglied from 1671, a piece of funeral music featuring overwhelming symbolism of death, which in turn became the model for Bach’s cantata of the same name from 1725. For Luther, however, the vernacular did not enjoy exclusive rights. The Latin Kyrie-Gloria Masses that Bach wrote after 1737 in Leipzig are the festive proof!