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Wolfgang Helbich|Bach : St. Luke Passion, BWV 246 Anh. II 30

Bach : St. Luke Passion, BWV 246 Anh. II 30

Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich

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Johann Sebastian Bach performed at least two Lukas Passions during his time in Leipzig. The work still exists today in the manuscript housed in the Berlin State Library in Bach's own handwriting and completed by his son Carl Phillip Emanuel. This paternity is nonetheless contested. After seeing  this manuscript, Mendelssohn wrote in 1838 : 'if that is by Sebastian, then I'll be hanged, and yet it is unmistakably his handwriting. But it is too clean; he copied it". Brahms also thought it was not by Bach. The argument now went back and forth but the German musicologist Wolfgang Schmieder was of another opinion and regarded the St. Luke Passion as a work of the Thomaskantor's youth and his support of its authenticity secured it a place as number 246 as late as 1950 in the BWV catalog. Today the general consensus is that this composition is not by Bach but by a contemporary of his, one who most likely lived and worked in Central Germany, and that Bach copied out and performed this work. In any case, this unpretentiously simple, in the best sense touching work deserves its firm place in the repertoire of early music, all the more so since Wolfgang Helbich is a persuasive advocate of the score and, above all, the great Bach considered worthy of repeated performance, thus making repeated criticism of its so-called compositional weakness unjustified. Evangelist Rufus Müller is excellent and the other soloists do justice to the music as well as the text. So highly recommended as a great work of art and also for its exceptional choral work. Good sound. 


« Wolfgang Helbich and his Bremen forces pitch the dramatic climate just about right all the way through. Smoothly articulated, unmannered and technically accomplished, the chorales and turba scenes are especially well judged. The Evangelist, Rufus Muller, conveys the Gospel with soft-grained clarity and understated dignity and the other soloists do more than justice to the six arias. To imagine, by around 1745, the ageing and gradually more introspective Bach directing the unfledged Terzett, “Weh und Schmerz” is a strange thought. Indeed, for all the many qualities of the performance, especially the affectionate contribution of the Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble, this enterprising recording ever sharpens the distinction of Bach and his relatively functional role as Kantor with the parallel workings of his compositional mind. Whether this is Wolfgang Helbich’s tacit intention, Bach’s genius glows ever brighter. Recommended on that score alone.» (Gramophone, 1998 "Critic's Choice" award)


 

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St. Luke Passion, BWV 246 Anh. II 30, Pt. 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Chorus : Furcht und Zittern, Scham und Schmerzen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:03:44

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Hans Bernhard Bätzing, Recording Supervisor - Wolfgang Decker, Recording Engineer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

2
2. Recitative (Evangelist) : Es war aber nahe das Fest der süßen Brod'...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:50

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

3
3. Choral : Verruchter Knecht, wo denkst du hin...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:59

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

4
4. Recitative (Evangelist) : Und sie wurden froh...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:09

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

5
5. Choral : Die Seel' weiß hoch zu schätzen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:50

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

6
6. Recitative (Evangelist) : Und er versprach sich...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:14

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

7
7. Choral : Stille, stille ! is die Losung der Gottlosen in der Welt...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:57

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

8
8. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Es kam nun der Tag der süßen Brot'...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:30

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

9
9. Chorus (The disciples of Jesus) : Wo willt du, dass wir's bereiten ?
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:21

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

10
10. Recitative (Evangelist) : Er sprach zu ihnen - (Jesus) : Siehe, wenn ihr hinein kommt in die Stadt...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:43

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

11
11. Choral : Weide mich und mach' mich satt, Himmelsspeise !
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:42

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

12
12. Recitative (Jesus) : Und er wird euch einen großen Osterlamm...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:52

Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

13
13. Choral : Nichts ist lieblicher als du, liebste Liebe...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:47

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

14
14. Recitative (Jesus, Evangelist) : Denn ich sage euch, dass ich hinfort nicht mehr davon essen werde...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:11

Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

15
15. Aria (Soprano) : Dein Leib, das Manna, meiner Seele...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:04:50

Mona Spägele, Soprano - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

16
16. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Desselbigen gleichen auch den Kelch...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:29

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

17
17. Aria (Alto) : Du gibst mir Blut, ich schenk' dir Tränen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:04:27

Christiane Iven, Alto - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

18
18. Recitative (Jesus, Evangelist) : Doch siehe, die Hand meines Verräters...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:33

Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

19
19. Choral : Ich, ich und meine Sünden...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:38

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

20
20. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Es erhub sich auch ein Zank unter ihnen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:24

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

21
21. Choral : Ich werde dir zu Ehren Alles wagen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:36

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

22
22. Recitative (Jesus) : Und ich will euch das Reich bescheiden...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:27

Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

23
23. Choral : Der heiligen zwölf Boten Zahl...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:33

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

24
24. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus, Petrus) : Der Herr aber sprach: Simon, siehe, der Satanas...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:29

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Harry van Berne, Tenor (Petrus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

25
25. Chorus (The disciples) : Nie keinen, nie keinen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:22

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

26
26. Recitativo (Evangelist) : Da sprach er zu ihnen - (Jesus) : Aber nun, wer einen Beutel hat...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:57

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

27
27. Chorus (The disciples) : Herr, siehe, Herr, siehe, hier sind zwei Schwert'
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:13

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

28
28. Recitative (Evangelist) : Er aber sprach zu ihnen...- (Jesus) : Betet, auf daß ihr nicht in Anfechtung fallet
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:46

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

29
29. Choral : Wir armen Sünder bitten...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:26

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

30
30. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Un er riss sich von ihnen bei einem Steinwurf...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:32

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

31
31. Choral : Mein Vater, wie du willt, so bin ich auch zufrieden
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:59

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

32
32. Recitative (Evangelist) : Es erschien ihm aber ein Engel vom Himmel...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:39

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

33
33. Choral : Durch deines Todes Kampf und blutigen Schweiß...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:19

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

34
34. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Und er stund auf von dem Gebet...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:34

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

35
35. Choral : Laß mich Gnade für dir finden, der ich bin voll Traurigkeit...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:48

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

36
36. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Da er aber noch redet...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:32

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

37
37. Choral : Von aussen sich gut stellen, im Herzen böse sein...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:47

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

38
38. Recitative (Evangelist) : Da aber sahen, die um ihn waren...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:11

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

39
39. Choral (The Disciples) : Herr, Herr, Herr, Herr, sollen wir...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:30

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

40
40. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Und Einer auf ihnen schlug des Hohenpriesters...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:27

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

41
41. Choral : Ich will daraus studiren, wie ich mein Herz...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:46

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

42
42. Recitative (Evangelist, Jesus) : Jesus aber sprach zu den Hohenpriestern...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:57

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Stephan Schreckenberger, Bass (Jesus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

43
43. Choral : Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:15

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

44
44. Recitative (Evangelist, Maid, Slave, Petrus) : Da zündeten sie ein Feuer an...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:52

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Mona Spägele, Soprano (Maid) - Harry van Berne, Tenor (Petrus, Slave) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

45
45. Choral : Kein Hirt kann so fleißig gehen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:51

Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

46
46. Recitative : Und Petrus gedachte an des Herren Wort...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:00:39

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

47
47. Aria (Tenor) : Den Fels hat Moses' Stab geschlagen...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:05:21

Harry van Berne, Tenor - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

48
48. Choral (Petrus) : Aus der Tiefe rufe ich (I)
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:01

Harry van Berne, Tenor (Petrus) - Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

49
49. Choral (Petrus) : Aus der Tiefe rufe ich (II : Bach version with beefed-up orchestration)
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:21

Harry van Berne, Tenor (Petrus) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

DISC 2

St. Luke Passion, BWV 246 Anh. II 30, Pt. 2 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
50. Recitative (Evangelist) : Die Männer aber, die Jesum hielten...
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
00:01:15

Rufus Müller, Tenor (Evangelist) - Bremen Baroque Orchestra - Wolfgang Helbich, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Album Description

Johann Sebastian Bach performed at least two Lukas Passions during his time in Leipzig. The work still exists today in the manuscript housed in the Berlin State Library in Bach's own handwriting and completed by his son Carl Phillip Emanuel. This paternity is nonetheless contested. After seeing  this manuscript, Mendelssohn wrote in 1838 : 'if that is by Sebastian, then I'll be hanged, and yet it is unmistakably his handwriting. But it is too clean; he copied it". Brahms also thought it was not by Bach. The argument now went back and forth but the German musicologist Wolfgang Schmieder was of another opinion and regarded the St. Luke Passion as a work of the Thomaskantor's youth and his support of its authenticity secured it a place as number 246 as late as 1950 in the BWV catalog. Today the general consensus is that this composition is not by Bach but by a contemporary of his, one who most likely lived and worked in Central Germany, and that Bach copied out and performed this work. In any case, this unpretentiously simple, in the best sense touching work deserves its firm place in the repertoire of early music, all the more so since Wolfgang Helbich is a persuasive advocate of the score and, above all, the great Bach considered worthy of repeated performance, thus making repeated criticism of its so-called compositional weakness unjustified. Evangelist Rufus Müller is excellent and the other soloists do justice to the music as well as the text. So highly recommended as a great work of art and also for its exceptional choral work. Good sound. 


« Wolfgang Helbich and his Bremen forces pitch the dramatic climate just about right all the way through. Smoothly articulated, unmannered and technically accomplished, the chorales and turba scenes are especially well judged. The Evangelist, Rufus Muller, conveys the Gospel with soft-grained clarity and understated dignity and the other soloists do more than justice to the six arias. To imagine, by around 1745, the ageing and gradually more introspective Bach directing the unfledged Terzett, “Weh und Schmerz” is a strange thought. Indeed, for all the many qualities of the performance, especially the affectionate contribution of the Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble, this enterprising recording ever sharpens the distinction of Bach and his relatively functional role as Kantor with the parallel workings of his compositional mind. Whether this is Wolfgang Helbich’s tacit intention, Bach’s genius glows ever brighter. Recommended on that score alone.» (Gramophone, 1998 "Critic's Choice" award)


 

Details of original recording : Recording: 25-26 March & 19-21 April 1996, Walpurgiskirche Alsfeld (Germany) - Co-Production Hessischer Rundfunk, CPO, Bayerischer Rundfunk

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