Johann Sebastian Bach:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
The aria consisting of twelve verses is written for solo soprano, strings and basso continuo and opens with the words “ Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn ’ ihn ”. It was composed in 1713 to celebrate the 53rd birthday of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar who employed Bach as court organist from 1708 until 1717.
This vocal work is Bach’s sole contribution to the genre of strophic aria. Each verse is accompanied by basso continuo and followed by a lively string ritornello , making this work a pièce d’occasion of exquisite quality. The enclosed CD contains the world première recording of this piece, with the soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and The English Baroque Soloists conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. An exquisite encore!