Challenge
Recreation for the Soul
Johann Sebastian Bach
Magdalena Consort

Recreation for the Soul

SACD hybride | Channel Classics | 0723385352143 | CCSSA 35214 | 08-14

About the album

Bach's ambition to compose a body of 'well-regulated church music' – liturgical music
for the entire church calendar – produced a wealth of sacred cantatas. Around two
hundred have survived, and are an eloquent expression of his opinion that 'true music
should be for the honour of God and the recreation of the soul'. That comment –
made with respect to the art of realising a figured-bass (where harmony is indicated by
numbers) – seems appropriate to this collection, since the choice of these glorious
works was influenced by a consideration of number symbolism and other extramusical
devices. That this most cerebral music touches the emotions so keenly might
seem a paradox, but as a performer, analysing the possible thinking behind Bach's
musical decisions brings the composer closer. (Peter Harvey, liner notes)

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      BWV 78 Jesu, der du meine Seele
       
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
    • 2
      BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich
       
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
    • 3
      BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
       
      Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
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