Johann Sebastian Bach

Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 745 (by C.P.E. Bach, not JSB)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Bach wrote a cantata on "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir" (Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee) in 1707, and thus this chorale prelude setting, if it was written by Bach, may well date to that year or that general period. The composer served as a church organist in both Arnstadt and Mühlhausen in the early years of the eighteenth century and then became Court organist in Weimar in 1708. While holding these posts, he wrote a large body of organ music. This chorale prelude is a fairly substantial work cast in two parts, the first devoted to a harmonizing of the chorale theme, the second (and the longer of the two) exhibiting a fantasy-like treatment of it. The work opens with the stately chorale theme given a somber and ponderous rendering. The writing, while decently crafted here, is not of exceptional quality, coming across as comparatively bland alongside the more interesting fantasy-like section that follows. It occupies about two-thirds of the work's nearly four-minute length and maintains much the same serious mood from the opening, but features imaginative contrapuntal activity and a subtle, if limited sense of color.

    In recent years the attribution for this work has moved into the camp of Johann Sebastian Bach's son, Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 Melodiya MELCD 1002132
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Regent 301
    2009 Ricercar 289
    2007 BIS 1527/28
    2007 HDC 40303
    2007 Erato 4699028
    2005 Chandos CHAN10282
    1995 London 444410
    1994 BIS 439
    Manchester 100