Johann Sebastian Bach

Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (III), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 722 (BC K114)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This work has been dated to the period of 1703-1708 by some musicologists, a span Bach spent mostly as organist at the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt (1703-07). While it carries the parenthetical tag "doubtful," many believe it was indeed written by Bach. There is another setting for organ on this chorale theme, the BWV 723 version, which is also of doubtful authorship, and still another, the BWV 604, found in Bach's famous Orgelbüchlein, about which there has never been a question of authorship. This BWV 722 setting of Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (We Praise You, Jesus Christ) is a colorful one, from the proud, stately opening featuring virtuosic runs up and down the keyboard, to the vibrant, epic character of the music in the latter half of the piece. The mood is generally light and showy throughout the work, with contrapuntal writing that, while skilled, is largely unimaginative. The piece is short, lasting slightly over a minute, but the vigor and joyous manner of the music make it well worth the listener's attention.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Decca
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94981BR
    2011 Dynamic CDS 68714
    2011 Erato 2564676018
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 4778628
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 477 862-8
    2009 Ricercar 289
    2008 Regent 258
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4694202
    2007 Musical Concepts 191
    2007 BIS 1527/28
    2007 Erato 4699028
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2005 Challenge Records 72146
    2004 Tall Poppies 166
    2003 Art & Music 1539/58
    2002 Hyperion 44121/36
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 73878
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25713-2
    1999 Valois 4425
    1999 Hyperion 67213
    1999 Berlin Classics 9367
    1999 Haenssler / Haenssler Classics 92089
    1996 Naxos 553629
    1995 London 444410
    1995 Nimbus 5289
    1994 Erato 96358
    1994 Erato 96721
    1994 BIS 439
    Brilliant 93102-VOL6
    Brilliant 99706
    Brilliant 99706/13
    Brilliant 93102/151
    Ricercar 246762
    Erato 45808
    CPO 999654
    Ricercar 246772
    Hyperion 44133
    Ligia 104081
    EMI Music Distribution
    Ligia 0104037