Johann Sebastian Bach

Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 1106 (BC K179) (Neumeister Chorale No. 17)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    For a work that has only been known of since 1985, this chorale prelude has received a relatively sizeable amount of attention. Other Bach pieces rediscovered that year in the now-famous Neumeister Collection at the Yale Library by organist/scholar Christoph Wolff have generally not fared as well, at least on recordings. "Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost" (God Is My Welfare, My Help and Comfort) offers music that perfectly matches the reassuring words of its title. Bach was a deeply religious man who was ever ingenious and ever imaginative in capturing the spirit of the chorale's text when he fashioned preludes based on their themes. This one presents the chorale melody in glittering sonorities, the upper register beaming as it surrounds the main line with running contrapuntal accompaniment. In later appearances, the glorious theme is also heard in the higher ranges, with the accompaniment in the middle register. About midway through, the music is briefly pruned of some of its contrapuntal activity, the thematic material mostly played in chords amid lively trills. This approximately three-minute work closes in much the same resplendent mood in which it opened.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Harmonia Mundi HMM 90245356
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95005BR
    2012 Regent REGCD 328
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 Ricercar 289
    2007 BIS 1527/28
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Danacord 640
    2004 ASV 120
    2002 Haenssler 94025
    2002 Hyperion 44121/36
    2001 CPO 999755
    2000 Hyperion CDA67215
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 73878
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Haenssler 92086
    1999 Teldec 3984-25713-2
    1997 Arte Nova 31680
    1995 Haenssler 98573
    1995 London 444410
    1994 BIS 379
    1992 Harmonia Mundi 1905158
    Brilliant 93102-VOL6
    Brilliant 99706
    Brilliant 99706/9
    Brilliant 93102/147
    Arte Nova 30463
    Ricercar 246762
    Ricercar 246802
    Hyperion 44135
    EMI Music Distribution