Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 148, "Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens," BWV 148 (BC A140)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, which fell on September 19, 1723, Bach's Cantata No. 148 "Bringt dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens" (Give the Lord the Glory due his Name) (BWV 148) sets a paraphrase of a poem by Picander based on a pair of lines from Psalm 96:8-9 that form the text for the opening chorus, and a chorale by Johann Heermann that forms the closing chorus. The cantata is scored for alto and tenor soloists, chorus, strings, and basso continuo with two oboe d'amore and oboe da caccia in the fourth movement, trumpet in the outer movement, and the whole orchestra in the final movement. "Bringt dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens" starts in bright D major with its second movement in the relative minor of B minor, its third and fourth movement in the major subdominant of G major, and its fifth and sixth movements are in the minor mediant of F sharp minor. The first movement essentially is a concerto for trumpet and strings fused with a choral fugue. The second movement is a flowing aria in the form of a trio sonata for tenor soloist, violin concertante, and continuo. The third is a recitative for alto accompanied by strings and continuo. The fourth is a knotty aria for alto soloist, two oboe d'amore, oboe da caccia, and continuo. The fifth is a brief secco recitative for tenor soloist and continuo. "Bringt dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens" concludes with a stark harmonization of Heermann's chorale for chorus and full orchestra colla parte.


    1. Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens
    2. Ich eile, die Lehre des Lebens zu hören
    3. So wie der Hirsch nach frischem Wasser schreit
    4. Mund und Herze steht dir offen
    5. Bleib' auch, mein Gott, in mir
    6. Führ' auch mein Herz und Sinn

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 Teldec 467189
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 Soli Deo Gloria 159
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2006 Brilliant 93102
    2006 Brilliant 99697
    2005 Challenge Records 72207
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2001 BIS 1081
    2000 Haenssler 92046
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25708-2
    1999 Capriccio Records 49105
    1998 Erato 3984 23141-2
    1996 Capriccio Records 10468
    1994 Archiv Produktion 439 368-2AX26
    1994 Archiv Produktion 439387
    1994 Teldec 4509-91762-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    Brilliant 99704/27
    Brilliant 99704
    Brilliant 93102/103
    Brilliant 99705/36
    Brilliant 99705
    Brilliant 93102-VOL4
    Teldec 42631
    Teldec 35654
    Capriccio Records 49106