Nowadays, if the soprano sings Bach’s arias, this is quite natural. However in the 18th century women were not admitted to Church singing. The great composer was one of the first fighters for their musical rights and insisted that his wife who had a beautiful voice should sing a part in a cantata.
The program includes the best fragments of Bach’s cantatas accompanied on the organ and his organ compositions.
J. S. Bach
Prelude and fugue in D major, BWV 532
Aria Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt from Cantata No. 151, BWV 151/1
Chorale prelude O Mensch, bewein’ dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
Aria Quia respexit from Magnificat, BWV 243/3
Aria Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not from Cantata No. 21, BWV 21/3
Chorale Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667
Aria Bist du bei mir, BWV 508
Fantasia with imitation in B minor, BWV 563
Aria Zerfließe, mein Herze from the Passio secundum Joannem BWV 245/35
Prelude and fugue in B minor, BWV 544
J. S. Bach – Ch. Gounod