Cantata BWV 46: Schauet doch und sehet|
Look therefore and see, if any grief be found such as my grief
Lotte Wolf-Matthäus, alto / Georg Jelden, tenor / Jakob Stämpfli, bass
Barmen-Gemarke Singers and Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Helmut Kahlhöffer
Cantata BWV 105: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht - Judge not Thy servant oh Lord
Cantata BWV 25: Es ist nichts Gesundes – There is no health in me
Cantata BWV 103: Ihr werdet weinen und heulen – Ye shall weep and lament
Total time 75:35
Cantata 46 expresses grief and horror at the destruction of Jerusalem as punishment for its sins. "Look now and see if any grief be found such as my grief that has struck me. For the Lord has filled me with misery at the time of his furious anger.... Lament, God's city now destroyed…. Do not suppose, oh sinners, that Jerusalem alone is full of sin! Heed this judgment: since you do not improve, and daily your sins increase, so you shall all be destroyed."
Cantata 105 is a very moving plea for clemency at the time of our Judgment. "My God, cast me not away, for I bow before Thy countenance in humility. I know how great is Thine anger and how great are my offenses, and that Thou art a swift witness and a righteous judge. I lay my free confession before Thee, nor would I plunge into the peril of attempting to deny or conceal the failings of my soul."
Both cantatas 25 and 103 deal with the deep guilt which clearly weighed upon devout Lutherans of Bach's time. Cantata 25 opens with "There is no wholeness in my body because of thine anger nor any peace within my bones because of my sins."
Powerful themes and powerful music, to which our performances do full justice.