WEINEN, KLAGEN, SORGEN, ZAGEN BWV 12
GLEICHWIE DER REGEN UND SCHNEE VOM HIMMEL FÄLLT BWV 18
KOMM, DU SÜßE TODESSTUNDE BWV 161
Heavenly Citadel, Inner Self. Three Weimar Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
The group of Weimar cantatas is exciting on many levels. The purpose Bach expressed in his Mühlhausen resignation letter – which became a master beam of the musical edi ce he built throughout his life – is expressed with an even more seminal vigour, due to the restrictions it suffered previously. Besides the beauty of the surviving works, which renders the loss of the missing ones all the more bitter, it is moving to see the musician engage, with each new piece, in experiments with form, ideas, and the language for expressing the word of God through the most sensitive possible texts. The choice of developing themes dear to him enabled him to af rm and deepen his faith.