Kantaten "Mit Fried und Freud" BWV 8, 125, 138
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“In peace and joy.”
The theme of death and dying was one of the favourite themes ofBach and his contemporaries in their cantatas – that “musical theology”which was held in such high esteem in deeply Lutheran Northern Germany.Composed between 1723 and 1725, the three cantatas on this record treatthe subject from different angles: the expectation of a “marvellousdawn” (BWV 8), the final departure in peace and joy (BWV 125), and thevanity of earthly existence (BWV 138). There is “no consolation onearth”, but only in heaven – what other composer, what other artistsucceeded in expressing this consolation with such depth, or with suchobviousness as Bach?