Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 177, "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ," BWV 177 (BC A103)

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed for the fourth Sunday after Trinity, which fell on July 6, 1732, Bach's Cantata No. 177 "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" (I call to you, Lord Jesus Christ) (BWV 177) sets a hymn in five verses by Johann Agricola from 1530. The cantata is scored for alto, soprano, tenor soloists, and chorus, a pair of oboes and oboe da caccia, strings, basso continuo, an obbligato violin in the first movement and an obbligato bassoon in the fourth movement. "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" is in gloomy G minor. The first movement is a chorale fantasia with the chorale in the sopranos above imitative counterpoint in the lower voices, plus the pungent orchestra of poignant oboes, strings, continuo, and obbligato violin. The second movement is a delicately despairing aria for alto soloist and continuo. The third is a supplely swaying aria for soprano soloist, graceful oboe da caccia, and continuo. The fourth is a dancing aria in the form of a trio sonata for tenor soloist, obbligato virtuoso violin, obbligato lyrical bassoon, and continuo. "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" concludes with a heavy chorale harmonization for chorus and full orchestra colla parte.


    1. Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Chorus
    2. Ich bitt' noch mehr, o Herre Gott, Aria for alto
    3. Verleih', dass ich aus Herzens Grund mein'n Feinden mog' vergeben, Aria for soprano
    4. Lass mich kein' Lust noch Furcht von dir, Aria for tenor
    5. Ich lieg' im Streit und widerstreb', Chorus

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 BIS BIS 9055
    2013 BIS 1991
    2013 Warner Classics
    2013 Teldec 671897
    2012 Virgin Classics / Warner Classics 5099923229
    2011 Passacaille PAS 969
    2011 Warner Classics 674126
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2008 Soli Dei Gloria 141
    2008 Teldec 69943-7
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Virgin 63281
    2006 Accent 25302
    2005 Berlin Classics 0032912BC
    2003 Leipzig 1800
    2001 Haenssler 92563
    2000 Haenssler 92053
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Teldec 3984-25709-2
    1996 Haenssler 98803
    1996 Sony Music Distribution 62817
    1996 Sony Music Distribution 62345
    1994 Teldec 4509-91763-2
    1994 Teldec 4509-91765-2
    Brilliant Classics 99704
    Brilliant 93102/98
    Brilliant 99704/22
    Brilliant 99705/37
    Brilliant Classics 99705
    Brilliant Classics 93102-VOL4
    Edel Records 1806
    Challenge Records 72221