Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 92, "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn," BWV 92 (BC A42)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the Sexagesima, which fell on January 28, 1725, Bach's Cantata No. 92 "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn" (I have in God's heart and mind) (BWV 92) sets a chorale hymn by Paul Gerhardt in its arias and choruses and an anonymous text for its two recitatives. Gerhardt's effusive hymn speaks of the need for Christians to surrender their wills to God and Bach's setting is particularly effective in evoking the meaning of the text. The cantata is in nine movements scored for bass, tenor, alto and soprano soloists, chorus, a pair of oboe d'amore, strings, and basso continuo. "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn" is firmly grounded in B minor with its first, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, and ninth movements in the tonic (albeit with a picardy third at the close of its last movement); its second movement in subdominant of E minor; its fourth in the minor dominant of F sharp minor; and its eighth in the relative major of D major. The first movement is an enormous chorale fantasia for chorus and full orchestra. The second movement is a recitative for bass and florid cello that alternates recitative with statements of the hymn. The third movement is a furious da capo tenor aria with violently agitated strings and continuo. The fourth movement is an unusual combination of trio sonata for the oboe d'amore and continuo and declaimed statements of the chorale in the choral altos. The fifth movement is secco recitative for tenor and continuo and the sixth is a fleet da capo aria for bass and energetic continuo. The seventh movement is a structural parallel of the second movement, but in this case, the choral statements of the hymn alternate with four recitatives for each of the chorale voices. The eighth movement is an Andante aria for soprano with obbligato oboe d'amore above pizzicato strings without continuo. "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn" concludes with a massive harmonization of Gerhardt's final chorus for the chorus and full orchestra.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Ich hab' in Gottes Herz und Sinn
    2. Es kann mir fehlen nimmermehr!
    3. Seht, seht! wie bricht, wie reisst, wie fällt
    4. Zudem ist Weisheit und Verstand
    5. Wir wollen nun nicht langer zagen
    6. Das Brausen von den rauhen Winden
    7. Ei nun, mein Gott, so fall'ich dir getrost in deine Hände
    8. So spricht der Gott gelass'ne Geist
    9. Meinen Hirten bleib' ich treu
    10. Soll ich denn auch des Todes Weg und finst're Strasse reisen

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 671905
    2011 Warner Classics 674524
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) 153
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Warner Classics
    2007 Teldec Classics 8573811825
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 BIS 1541
    2005 Berlin Classics 0032912BC
    2004 Erato 4614012
    2003 Leipzig 1800
    2003 Challenge Records 72213
    2001 Haenssler 92562
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Haenssler 92029
    1999 Teldec 3984-25707-2
    1994 Archiv Produktion 439 368-2AX26
    1994 Teldec 4509-91759-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    1993 Archiv Produktion 439374
    Brilliant 99703/6
    Brilliant Classics 99703
    Brilliant 93102/52
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL3
    Edel Records 1803
    Haenssler
    Haenssler 98877