This chorale cantata was probably inspired by Mendelssohn’s performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Although the themes of the opening chorus are well-known from the chorale, the movement still contains many challenges: whilst the first entry is based on the same melodic motif ("O Haupt... "), by the second entry this is overlaid with the second line of the chorale, resulting in some unexpected harmonies. "I am very happy with this piece; no-one will know whether it is moving towards C minor or E flat [...]" Mendelssohn wrote to his sister – and it is therefore all the more important to know where your own choral part is heading, and to sing with really accurate intonation.
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Performers: Michael Volle (basso) – Kammerchor Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester – Frieder Bernius