Bach – Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147 – Creed | Netherlands Bach Society

Bach’s famous chorale ‘Jesus bleibet meine Freude’, from cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’, was first heard when the cantata was performed in Leipzig, on 2 July 1723, for the Feast of the Visitation. It was during Bach’s first months as cantor and he reused music that he had to hand, as he often did. Bach had already written most of BWV 147 in 1716, as an advent cantata for the court chapel in Weimar, but it was only in Leipzig that he added the recitatives with instrumental accompaniment and the well-known chorale. So Bach turned a concise cantata (opening chorus, four arias and probably a simple closing chorale) into a big two-part cantata.

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The English subtitling for this cantata was sponsored by the American Bach Society. The translation was made by Daniel R. Melamed and Michael Marissen. For an annotated version of the text and translation, see

For the interview with tenor Immo Schröder and oboist Emma Black on Cantata 147 go to
For more information on BWV 147 and this production go to

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Marcus Creed, conductor
Griet de Geyter, sopran
Alex Potter, alto
Guy Cutting, tenor
Matthias Winckhler, bass

0:00 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Chor)
4:16 Gebenedeiter Mund! (Rezitativ)
6:12 Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht (Arie)
9:54 Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden (Rezitativ)
11:31 Bereite dir, Jesu (Arie)
16:09 Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe (Choral)
18:51 Hilf, Jesu, hilf (Arie)
22:10 Der höchsten Allmacht Wunderhand (Rezitativ)
24:17 Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen (Arie)
27:13 Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Choral)