Johann Sebastian Bach

Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, fughetta for organ, BWV 698 (BC K149)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This chorale fughetta is generally considered to rank among Bach's lesser organ works. But even in this category, there are to be found several masterful -- if minor -- creations, and this effort is perhaps among them. "Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn" (Lord Christ, God's only Son) is a modest work of only about a minute's length. Its chorale tune is used in the Lutheran hymn known as "The Only Son From Heaven." Bach, as usual, invests the work with a healthy measure of finely imagined contrapuntal writing, fashioning a piece meant to serve as a sort of prelude to the congregation's singing of the chorale during the church service. The fughetta features the brightly lit, noble chorale theme in a sort of light treatment. The melody springs from three notes and a rising series of notes that impart a generally optimistic air to the music. The writing sprouts many brief ideas in its contrapuntal activity, but remains relatively simple throughout. Still, it leaves the impression that the composer could have gone on to much else with his material here, but needed only to conform to prelude-like dimensions for the piece.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Decca
    2018 Danacord DACOCD 793794
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95005BR
    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 Analekta 24022-43
    2007 Erato 4699028
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2003 Art & Music 1539/58
    2002 Hyperion 44121/36
    2000 Haenssler 92096
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 73878
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Harmonia Mundi 290772
    1999 Teldec 3984-25713-2
    1999 Valois 4425
    1999 CPO 999663
    1999 Berlin Classics 0093652
    1999 Nimbus 5606
    1999 K 617 7055
    1999 Capriccio Records 492344
    1996 Hyperion CDA67071/2
    1995 London 444410
    1995 Naxos 553134
    1994 BIS 343/344
    1994 Erato 96358
    1994 Erato 96722
    Brilliant 93102-VOL6
    Brilliant 99706
    Brilliant 93102/145
    Brilliant 99706/7
    Berlin Classics 0010612
    Analekta 4024
    Ricercar 246762
    Calliope 9707
    Erato 45809
    Ricercar 246792
    Hyperion 44131
    Ligia 104081
    EMI Music Distribution
    Ligia 0104037