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.

    Parts/Movements

    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 / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    J.S. Bach-Stiftung
    B 665
    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 Classics
    99697
    2006
    Brilliant Classics
    93102
    2005
    Challenge Records
    72218
    2001
    Haenssler
    92563
    2000
    Haenssler
    92049
    1999
    Teldec
    25704
    1999
    Various Artists
    Teldec
    3984-25709-2
    1994
    Teldec
    4509-91763-2
    1994
    Teldec
    4509-91765-2
    1988
    Teldec
    35658
    Brilliant Classics
    99703
    Brilliant
    93102/71
    Brilliant Classics
    99703/25
    Brilliant
    99705/37
    Various Artists
    Brilliant Classics
    99705
    Brilliant Classics
    93102-VOL3
    Haenssler
    Haenssler
    98811