Bach – Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet BWV 249 – Van Veldhoven | Netherlands Bach Society in 2022

Updated: 07-2022

The Netherlands Bach Society performs ‘Kommt, eilet und laufet’ for All of Bach. This Oster-Oratorium (Easter oratorio) was first performed on Easter Sunday in 1725. Two days earlier, the congregation in Leipzig had listened to the St John Passion, just as in 1724. The closing chorus ‘Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine’ sent them on their way home to celebrate Holy Saturday. And then, on Sunday morning, the church resounded with the huge contrast of a Sinfonia with leading roles for three trumpets and timpani. Before the singers get going, Bach seems to recall Jesus’s death with a melancholy Adagio in B minor for solo traverso and strings.

Recorded for the project All of Bach on May 23th 2017 at the Walloon Church, Amsterdam. If you want to help us complete All of Bach, please subscribe to our channel and consider donating

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Netherlands Bach Society
Jos van Veldhoven, conductor
Maria Keohane, soprano
Damien Guillon, alto
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Sebastian Myrus, bass

0:00 Sinfonia
4:08 Adagio
7:31 Kommt, eilet und laufet
12:26 O kalter Männer Sinn (Rezitativ)
13:27 Seele, deine Spezereien (Arie)
22:58 Hier ist die Gruft (Rezitativ)
23:43 Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (Arie)
31:43 Indessen seufzen wir (Rezitativ)
32:28 Saget, saget mir gesschwinde (Arie)
38:25 Wir sind erfreut (Rezitativ)
39:03 Preis und Dank (Chor)