Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 188, "Ich habe meine Zuversicht," BWV 188 (BC A154)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity from the year 1729, Bach's Cantata No. 188 "Ich habe meine Zuversicht" (I Have Put My Trust) (BWV 188) sets a text by his favorite librettist Picander. Thankfully, Picander noted in the preface to his publication of the text that the music it was written for was composed by Bach because the autographed score of "Ich habe meine Zuversicht" was cut to pieces and sold to private individuals sometime in the nineteenth century. Through careful scholarship, the score of "Ich habe meine Zuversicht" has been reconstructed from its sources. The cantata as it now stands is scored for tenor, bass, alto and soprano soloists, chorus, oboe, strings, and basso continuo. "Ich habe meine Zuversicht" starts with its first movement in F major, its second in C major, its third and fourth movements in D minor, and its fifth and final movement in A minor. The first movement is a fast, triple-time aria for tenor soloist, oboe, strings, and continuo. The second is a brief secco recitative for bass soloist and continuo and the third is the heart of the cantata, an expressive aria for alto soloist and virtuoso organ obbligato. The fourth movement is a recitative for soprano soloist accompanied by insistent strings and continuo. "Ich habe meine Zuversicht" concludes with a chorale harmonization for chorus and continuo.


    1. Sinfonia in D minor
    2. Ich habe meine Zuversicht
    3. Gott meint es gut mit jedermann
    4. Unerforschlich ist die Weise
    5. Die Macht der Welt verlieret sich
    6. Auf meinen lieben Gott

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 671891
    2011 BIS SACD 1891
    2010 Soli Deo Gloria 168
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant 93102
    2006 Brilliant 99697
    2005 Challenge Records CC72219
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92057
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25709-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91764-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    1989 Teldec 35836
    Brilliant 99703
    Brilliant 93102/55
    Brilliant 93102-VOL3
    Brilliant 99703/9
    Haenssler 98817