Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 145, "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen," BWV 145 (BC A60)

    Description by James Leonard

    Bach's Cantata No. 145 "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergotzen" (I Live, My Heart, for Your Salvation) (BWV 145) exists only in a nineteenth century score that has five movements by Bach preceded by a chorale movement by Telemann. Given the subject of the text by Picander, it seems likely that the original cantata was intended to be performed on Easter Tuesday, April 19, 1729. The cantata is scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus, a trumpet, a transverse flute, a pair of oboe d'amore, strings, and basso continuo. Without Telemann's opening movement, "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergotzen" starts in D major, moves to B minor for its second movement, returns to D major for its third, and switches to F sharp minor for its fourth and fifth movements. Bach's first movement is a quick duetto aria in the form of a trio sonata for soprano and tenor soloists with a concertante solo violin. The second movement is a secco recitative for tenor soloist and continuo and the third movement is a fast and dramatic triple-time aria for bass soloist plus full orchestra, including prominent trumpet and continuo. The fourth is a second secco recitative, this time for soprano soloist and continuo. The extant version of "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergotzen" concludes with a chromatic harmonization of a chorale melody by Nikolaus Hermann from 1560 for chorus and full orchestra colla parte.


    1. Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen
    2. Nun fordre, Moses, wie du willt
    3. Merke, mein Herze, beständig nur dies
    4. Mein Jesus lebt
    5. Drum wir auch billig fröhlich sein
    6. Auf mein Herz! Des Herren Tag
    7. So du mit deinem Munde bekennest Jesum

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 467189
    2011 BIS BISSACD 1941
    2011 Warner Classics 674148
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Soli Deo Gloria 128
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2005 Challenge Records CC72219
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92044
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25708-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91762-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    1992 Novalis 150029
    Brilliant 99703/29
    Brilliant Classics 99703
    Brilliant Classics 93102/75
    Brilliant 99705/35
    Brilliant Classics 99705
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL3
    Teldec 42630
    Haenssler 98856