Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 168, "Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort," BWV 168 (BC A116)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the ninth Sunday after Trinity, which fell on July 29, 1725, Bach's Cantata No. 168 "Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort" (An Accounting! Word of Thunder) (BWV 168) sets a text by Salomon Franck from 1715 based on the parable of the unjust steward (Luke 16:1 -- 13). The cantata is scored for bass, tenor, soprano, and alto soloists and chorus, a pair of oboe d'amore, strings, and basso continuo. Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort is a relatively brief cantata in six movements. The first movement is a brilliant gigue-like aria for bass soloist, propulsive strings, and continuo. The second is a grim recitative for tenor soloist, oboe d'amore, and continuo. The third is a triple-time aria in the form of a trio sonata for impassioned tenor soloist, solo oboe d'amore, and continuo. The fourth is dramatic secco recitative for forceful bass soloist and continuo. The fifth is a supple but strong duet aria for soprano and alto soloists over a passacaglia bass line in the continuo. Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort concludes with an austere chorale harmonization for chorus and full orchestra colla parte.


    1. Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort
    2. Es ist nur fremdes Gu, was ich in diesem Leben habe
    3. Capital und Interessen meiner Schulden
    4. Jedoch, erschrock'nes Herz, leb' und verzage nicht
    5. Herz, zerreiss' des Mammons Kette
    6. Stärk' mich mit dienem Freudengeist

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 J.S. Bach-Stiftung B 348
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2014 Accent ACC 25317
    2013 Teldec 671897
    2011 Warner Classics 674147
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Archiv Produktion 477 873-5
    2010 Archiv Produktion / Deutsche Grammophon 4778735
    2008 BIS 1671
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2004 Challenge Records 72215
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92050
    2000 Archiv Produktion 463590
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25709-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91763-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    1988 Teldec 35658
    Brilliant 99703/15
    Brilliant Classics 99703
    Brilliant Classics 93102/61
    Brilliant 99705/37
    Brilliant Classics 99705
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL3