Johann Sebastian Bach

Vater unser im Himmelreich (V), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 762 (BC K113)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    A good many works, possibly authored by Johann Sebastian Bach, are regularly performed and recorded despite their status as "doubtful" or "spurious." This one, "Vater unser im Himmelreich" (Our Father who art in heaven), is in the latter category, and if it is a fake, it is a fairly worthwhile one as it has achieved a decent level of currency in at least the recording venue. Moreover, Zoltán Kodály must have at least been convinced of its artistic worth since he fashioned a quite effective and now fairly well-known arrangement of it for cello and piano. The original Chorale Prelude is a quite beautiful work, written in a style that may have come from Bach's early years, perhaps around 1700. The work shows the influence of Buxtehude and uses a cantus firmus, with accompaniment derived from the theme and mostly imitating and anticipating parts of it. The music gently and modestly begins in single notes and then grows fuller. After the brief introductory episode, where the chorale theme is anticipated, the accompaniment becomes more animated and colorful. While the music throughout is slightly somber, it is also quite graceful and lovely and should appeal to a wide audience. The piece typically has a duration of two-and-a-half minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Danacord DACOCD 791792
    2011 Regent REGCD 364
    2011 Regent REGCD 308
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2009 Ricercar 289
    2008 Proprius-AudioSource 2039
    2008 Warner Classics & Jazz 2564 69681-7
    2007 BIS 1527/28
    2007 CPO 777186
    2007 Pro Organo 7166
    2007 Erato 4699028
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2003 Art & Music 1539/58
    2002 Hyperion 44121/36
    2000 Ricercar 246822
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Haenssler 92088
    1999 Hyperion 67139
    1999 Teldec 3984-25713-2
    1995 London 444410
    1995 Hungaroton 31140
    1994 BIS 445
    Brilliant 93102-VOL6
    Brilliant 99706
    Brilliant 93102/155
    Brilliant 99706/17
    Ricercar 246762
    Hyperion 44128
    Nimbus 5669