J. S. Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV 80. carus music

Johann Sebastian Bach

A mighty fortress is our God

cantata for Reformation Day

BWV 80


Bach’s Reformation cantata, based on what is probably Martin Luther’s most famous hymn, was composed in at least two stages of work, separated by a period of several years. The cantata Alles, was von Gott geboren was performed in March 1716, on Oculi Sunday (the third Sunday in Lent), so not far apart from Reformation Day. In the 1730s and 40s Bach reworked the cantata: amongst other things, he initially placed a simple chorale movement, later an expansive, motet-like chorale arrangement of the hymn Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A mighty fortress is our God) at the beginning, and created a magnificent Reformation cantata. It is this opening chorus which places particular demands on the choral singers: long phrases, sequences of eighth notes, where the notes need to sit securely so that they come across with lightness, and then the phenomenon which everyone in the choir is familiar with: never think with Bach that you know how it is going to continue – there is always something you had not anticipated!


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Performers: Sarah Wegener (soprano), David Allsopp (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenore), Peter Harvey (basso) – Kammerchor Stuttgart, Barockorchester Stuttgart – Frieder Bernius


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Soloist - soprano

Sarah Wegener Personal details

Soloist - alto

David Allsopp Personal details

Soloist - tenor

Thomas Hobbs Personal details

Soloist - bass

Peter Harvey Personal details

Songwriter / Librettist

Martin Luther Personal details


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