J.S. Bach
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Sacred Songs and Arias from Schmellis Gesangbuch

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Georg Jelden
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Heinz Schnauffer, Organ
Soloists:Georg Jelden, Baritone
Individual Works:The works are listed in BWV order, not in the order in which they are recorded:

Ach, dass nicht die letzte Stunde - BWV439
Auf, auf! die rechte Zeit ist hier - BWV440
Auf! auf! mein Herz, mit Freuden - BWV441
Beglueckter Stand getreuer Seelen - BWV442
Beschraenkt, ihr Weisen dieser Welt - BWV443
Brich entzwei, mein armes Herze - BWV444
Brunnquell aller Gueter - BWV445
Der lieben Sonnen Licht und pracht - BWV446
Der Tag ist hin, die Sonne gehet nieder - BWV447
Der Tag mit seinem Lichte - BWV448
Dich bet'ich an, mein hoechster Gott - BWV449
Die bittre Leidenszeit beginnet abermal - BWV450
Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud' und Wonne - BWV451
Dir, dir Jehovah, will ich singen (melody by Bach) - BWV452
Eins ist Not! ach Herr, dies Eine - BWV453
Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist - BWV454
Erwuergtes Lamm, das die verwahrten Siegel - BWV455
Es glaenzet der Christen - BWV456
Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben - BWV457
Es ist vollbracht! vergiss ja nicht - BWV458
Es kostet viel, ein Christ zu sein - BWV459
Gieb dich zufrieden und sei stille - BWV460
Gott lebet noch; Seele, was verzagst du doch? - BWV461
Gott, wie gross ist deine Guete - BWV462
Herr, nicht schicke deine Rache - BWV463
Ich bin ja, Herr, in deiner Macht - BWV464
Ich freue mich in dir - BWV465
Ich halte treulich still und liebe - BWV466
Ich lass' dich nicht - BWV467
Ich liebe Jesum alle Stund' - BWV468
Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier - BWV469
Jesu, Jesu, du bist mein - BWV470
Jesu, deine Liebeswunden - BWV471
Jesu, meines Glaubens Zier - BWV472
Jesu, meines Herzens Freud - BWV473
Jesus ist das schoenste Licht - BWV474
Jesus, unser Trost und Leben - BWV475
Ihr Gestirn', ihr hohen Lufte - BWV476
Kein Stuendlein geht dahin - BWV477
Komm, suesser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh! - BWV478
Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag - BWV479
Kommt wieder aus der finstern Gruft - BWV480
Lasset uns mit Jesus ziehen - BWV481
Liebes Herz, bedenke doch - BWV482
Liebster Gott, wann werd' ich sterben? - BWV483
Liebster Herr Jesu! wo bleibest du so lange? - BWV484
Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen - BWV485
Mein Jesu, dem die Seraphinen - BWV486
Mein Jesu! was fuer Seelenweh - BWV487
Meines Lebens letzte Zeit - BWV488
Nicht so traurig, nicht so sehr - BWV489
Nur mein Jesus ist mein Leben - BWV490
O du Liebe meine Liebe - BWV491
O finstre Nacht - BWV492
O Jesulein Suess, o Jesulein mild - BWV493
O liebe Selle, zieh' die Sinnen - BWV494
O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen - BWV495
Seelenbraeutigam, Jesu, Gottes Lamm! - BWV496
Seelenweide, meine Freude - BWV497
Selig, wer an Jesum denkt - BWV498
Sei gegruesset, Jesu guetig - BWV499
So gehst du nun, mein Jesu, hin - BWV500
So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht - BWV501
So wuensch' ich mir zu guter Letzt - BWV502
Steh' ich bei meinem Gott - BWV503
Vergiss mein nicht, dass ich dein nicht - BWV504
Vergiss mein nicht, vergiss mein nicht - BWV505
Was bist du doch, o Seele, so betruebet - BWV506
Wo ist mein Schaeflein, das ich liebe - BWV507

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Christophorus
Catalog Number:CHE 0060-2
Year Released/Recorded:1974
Total Playing Time:82:27
Comments:George Murnu said:

This is perhaps the only currently available recording which contains all the 69 melodies with a text by Georg Christian Schmelli for which Bach has provided the figured bass and in some cases the melody as well - an older recording with mezzo-soprano Hilde Roessel-Majdan has long been out of print and the various Peter Schreier recordings offer only a selection. Georg Jelden had a wonderful tenor voice during the sixties and he appears in various older recordings of Bach's cantatas, particularly in some of those conducted by Fritz Werner. By the time this present recording was made Jelden was towards the end of his career and the voice is now that of a light baritone. However the most succesful passages are the ones in which Jelden sings in the upper register; there are some obvious strains in the lower register. As for the interpretation it is a conservative one even by 1974 standards, tempi being moderate to slow and the phrasing like in the 1950's-1960's recordings of Baroque music. Schnauffer merely accompanies and keeps a low profile. There are better sets of excerpts from the Schmellis Gesangbuch: my favorites are Schreier/Auger/Rilling, Schreier/Koopman/Linden and Schreier/Richter. But this is perhaps the only complete recording and is recommended as such.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:02/22/1998
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