Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 164, "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet," BWV 164 (BC A128)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the 13th Sunday after Trinity, which fell on August 16, 1725, Bach's Cantata No. 164 "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet" (You, who call in Christ's name) (BWV 164) sets a text based on Salomon Franck's Evengelishces Andachts-Opffer published in Weimer in 1715. The cantata is scored for tenor, bass, alto, and soprano soloists and chorus, a pair of transverse flutes, an oboe, strings, and basso continuo. "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet" is a mercilessly minor-keyed cantata in six movements. The first movement is a determined aria for tenor soloists, strings, and continuo in which the soloists and the strings proceed in imitative counterpoint. The second is a chromatic, dramatic secco recitative for bass soloist and continuo. The third is a slow, sad aria in the form of a trio sonata for alto soloist, sighing transverse flutes, and continuo. The fourth is a recitative that blossoms into an arioso at its close for tenor soloist, stings, and continuo. The fifth is a powerful duet aria for soprano and bass soloist in close imitation, transverse flutes, oboe, and continuo. "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet" concludes with a forthright harmonization of a chorale by Elisabeth Kreuziger for chorus and full orchestra colla parte.


    1. Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet
    2. Wir hören zwar, was selbst die Liebe spricht
    3. Nur durch Lieb und durch Erbarmen
    4. Ach, schmelze doch durch deinen Liebsstrahl
    5. Händen, die sich nicht verschliessen
    6. Ertöt' uns durch dein' Güte

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 671897
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2008 BIS 1671
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Soli Deo Gloria 134
    2007 Accent 25305
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant 99697
    2006 Brilliant 93102
    2005 Challenge Records 72218
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92049
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25709-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91763-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    1988 Teldec 35658
    Brilliant 99703
    Brilliant 93102/71
    Brilliant 99703/25
    Brilliant 99705/37
    Brilliant 99705
    Brilliant 93102-VOL3
    Haenssler 98811