Cantata Collective Program 14

May 23 and 24, 2020

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Herr, gehe nicht ins gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105

  • 1. Chorus: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht
  • 2. Recit: Mein gott, verwirf mich nicht
  • 3. Aria: Wie zittern und wanken
  • 4. Recit: Wohl aber dem, der seinen Bürgen weiss
  • 5. Aria: Kann ich nur Jesum mir zum Freunde machen
  • 6. Chorale: Nun, ich weiss, du wirst mir stillen

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

  • 1. Chorus: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
  • 2. Recit: Er kommt, er kommt
  • 3. Aria-Duet: Wenn kömmst du, mein Heil
  • 4. Chorale: Zion hört die Wächter singen
  • 5. Recit: So geh herein zu mir
  • 6. Aria-Duet: Mein Freund is mein
  • 7. Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen
  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Robin Bier, alto
  • David Kurtenbach, tenor
  • Paul Max Tipton, bass
  • Marc Schachman & Michael Dupree, oboe
  • Kati Kyme & Lisa Weiss, violin
  • Anthony Martin, viola
  • William Skeen, cello
  • Kristin Zoernig, bass
  • Charles Sherman, organ

Guest Artists

Sherezade Panthaki

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Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); a “radiant” voice (The Washington Post); and vividly passionate interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has ongoing collaborations with leading early music interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut.

Highlights of her past and current seasons include Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, the National Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Nashville and San Antonio Symphonies; Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Galatea in Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Solomon with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie; Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie; Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Requiem, with the Washington Bach Consort; and St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Brahms Requiem with St. Thomas Fifth Avenue.

Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque to Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival, Britten’s War Requiem with Louisville Choral Arts Society, as well as solos in Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.

Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.

Robin Bier

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Robin Bier has been praised for her inimitable, resonant contralto (Phindie), “particularly moving singing” (Cleveland Classical) and “mysterious, dark hue and sauntering presence” (San Francisco Classical Voice). She has appeared as a soloist with the American Bach Soloists, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Cantata Collective, Bourbon Baroque, the Dartington Festival Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Collective, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Compagnia d’Istrumenti and Brandywine Baroque, among others. As an ensemble singer Robin has performed with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Clarion, I Fagiolini, Apollo’s Fire, Voices of Ascension, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Ensemble VIII, The Thirteen, and Opera Philadelphia. She is co-director and alto of solo-voice ensemble Les Canards Chantants. Robin holds her bachelor’s degree in voice performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and postgraduate degrees in solo-voice ensemble singing and historical performance practice from the University of York, UK. Originally from Alaska, Robin is now based in Philadelphia, PA, and is a student of German baritone Christian Immler.

David Kurtenbach

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DAVID KURTENBACH, tenor, described in “warm and intimate” performances as having a voice “lined with silver,” enjoys an active choral and solo career, having appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, American Bach Soloists, Oregon Bach Festival, Ensemble VIII, Apollo’s Fire, Magnificat, Volti, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Also a devoted fan of new music, Kurtenbach has premiered works by James MacMillan, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Dave Brubeck, Kirke Mechem, Eric Banks, and Moses Hogan. His recordings may be heard on Innova/Naxos, Koch International, Tonehammer, Pro Organo, and Soli Deo Gloria.

Mr Kurtenbach is also an experienced conductor, having served as Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at Opera San Jose and Festival Opera, as well as preparing and conducting symphony choruses in Oakland and across the country. As a teacher and lecturer, he taught master classes in voice, choral conducting, and vocal accompanying at Oberlin Conservatory and San Francisco Choral Society, and for the last nine years, was appointed Instructor of Voice and Music Theory at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, serving as chief music educator for boy choristers and clergy. Exploring a ministry to sacred music, he often serves as Conductor, Organist, Cantor, and Officiant for Cathedral services, including conducting a recent performance of 220 voices for the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Paul Max Tipton

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Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a dignified and beautiful singer, bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio, and chamber music throughout North America, Europe, China, and Korea. He has recently appeared with the symphonies of San Antonio and Grand Rapids, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and with the New York Philharmonic as part of their first-ever Bach Festival. He has sung with Bach Collegium Japan, Tenet (NYC), Blue Heron (Boston), and the Washington Bach Consort; in 2015 he debuted at Spoleto Festival USA and has appeared with Cut Circle (Palo Alto) at early music festivals in Maastricht, Antwerp, and Utrecht (2018). He has collaborated with Matthias Pintscher, Ton Koopman, Kenneth Slowik, Leonard Slatkin, Simon Carrington, Helmuth Rilling, Rubén Dubrovsky, Nicholas McGegan, and Ricky Ian Gordon; soloed for Grant Llewellyn with the Handel and Haydn Society; and performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Martin Katz conducting. He recently recorded Nicolaus Bruhns’s solo cantatas for bass for the BIS label, and has appeared in recital with Masaaki Suzuki. Current operatic credits include the role of Archibald Grosvenor in Patience with Odyssey Opera and Plutone in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Göteborg Baroque in Sweden (2018). Mr. Tipton trained on full fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor, being mentored by mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee and tenor George Shirley. He is a graduate of the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, having studied with tenor James Taylor. Based in Boston, he was made a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in 2012.

Bach Cantata Translations

BWV 105 - "Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht"


Cantata for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity
1. Chor
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht. Denn vor dir wird kein Lebendiger gerecht.
(Psalm 143:2)
1. Chorus
Lord, do not pass judgment on Your servant. For before You no living creature is justified.
2. Rezitativ A
Mein Gott, verwirf mich nicht,
Indem ich mich in Demut vor dir beuge,
Von deinem Angesicht.
Ich weiß, wie groß dein Zorn und mein Verbrechen ist,
Daß du zugleich ein schneller Zeuge
Und ein gerechter Richter bist.
Ich lege dir ein frei Bekenntnis dar
Und stürze mich nicht in Gefahr,
Die Fehler meiner Seelen
Zu leugnen, zu verhehlen!
2. Recitative A
My God, do not toss me away,
since I bow down before You in humility,
before Your countenance.
I know how great is Your wrath and my trespass,
that You are at once a swift witness
and a righteous Judge.
I lay before You a free confession
and do not plunge myself into danger,
by denying or concealing
the faults of my sins!
3. Arie S
Wie zittern und wanken
Der Sünder Gedanken,
Indem sie sich untereinander verklagen
Und wiederum sich zu entschuldigen wagen.
So wird ein geängstigt Gewissen
Durch eigene Folter zerrissen.
3. Aria S
How the thoughts of the sinner
tremble and waver,
while they make accusations among themselves
and again and again try to excuse themselves.
Thus an anxious conscience
is torn apart by its own torment.
4. Rezitativ B
Wohl aber dem, der seinen Bürgen weiß,
Der alle Schuld ersetzet,
So wird die Handschrift ausgetan,
Wenn Jesus sie mit Blute netzet.
Er heftet sie ans Kreuze selber an,
Er wird von deinen Gütern, Leib und Leben,
Wenn eine Sterbestunde schlägt,
Dem Vater selbst die Rechnung übergeben.
So mag man deinen Leib, den man zum Grabe trägt,
Mit Sand und Staub beschütten,
Dein Heiland öffnet dir die ewgen Hütten.
4. Recitative B
Yet it is well for him who knows his Indemnitor,
who makes reparation for all guilt,
for the signature disappears
when Jesus moistens it with His blood.
He Himself lifts us up on the Cross,
He will hand over the account of your goods, body, and life,
when your hour of death strikes,
to the Father Himself.
Therefore your body, which is carried to the grave,
may well be covered over with sand and dust,
while your Savior opens the eternal courts for you.
5. Arie T
Kann ich nur Jesum mir zum Freunde machen,
So gilt der Mammon nichts bei mir.
  Ich finde kein Vergnügen hier
  Bei dieser eitlen Welt und irdschen Sachen.
5. Aria T
If I can only make Jesus my friend,
then Mammon is worth nothing to me.
  I find no pleasure here
  in the midst of this vain world and earthly objects.
6. Choral
Nun, ich weiß, du wirst mir stillen
Mein Gewissen, das mich plagt.
Es wird deine Treu erfüllen,
Was du selber hast gesagt:
Daß auf dieser weiten Erden
Keiner soll verloren werden,
sondern ewig leben soll,
Wenn er nur ist Glaubens voll.
("Jesu, der du meine Seele," verse 11)
6. Chorale
Now, I know, You shall quiet in me
my conscience which gnaws at me.
Your faithful love will fulfill
what You Yourself have said:
that upon this wide earth
no one shall be lost,
rather shall live forever,
if only he is filled with faith.
Psalm 143:2 (mov't. 1); "Jesu, der du meine Seele," verse 11: Johann Rist 1641 (mov't. 6)
©Pamela Dellal

BWV 140 - "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" 

Cantata for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Trinity

1. Choral
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,
der Wächter sehr hoch auf der Zinne,
wach auf, du Stadt Jerusalem.
Mitternacht heißt diese Stunde,
sie rufen uns mit hellem Munde,
wo seid ihr klugen Jungfrauen?
Wohlauf, der Bräut’gam kömmt,
steht auf, die Lampen nehmt,
Macht euch bereit
zu der Hochzeit,
ihr müsset ihm entgegen gehn.
(" Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," verse 1)
1. Chorus
Awake, calls the voice to us
of the watchmen high up in the tower;
awake, you city of Jerusalem.
Midnight the hour is named;
they call to us with bright voices;
where are you, wise virgins?
Indeed, the Bridegroom comes;
rise up and take your lamps,
Make yourselves ready
for the wedding,
you must go to meet Him.
2. Rezitativ T
Er kommt, er kommt,
der Bräut’gam kommt,
ihr Töchter Zions, kommt heraus,
Sein Ausgang eilet aus der Höhe
in euer Mutter Haus.
Der Bräut’gam kommt, der einen Rehe
und jungen Hirschen gleich
auf denen Hügeln springt
und euch das Mahl der Hochzeit bringt.
Wacht auf, ermuntert euch,
den Bräut’gam zu empfangen;
dort, sehet, kommt er hergegangen.
2. Recitative T
He comes, He comes,
the Bridegroom comes,
O Zion's daughters, come out,
his course runs from the heights
into your mother's house.
The Bridegroom comes, who like a roe
and young stag
leaps upon the hills;
to you He brings the wedding feast.
Rise up, take heart,
to embrace the bridegroom;
there, look, He comes this way.
3. Arie- Duett S B (Dialog - Seele, Jesus)
Wenn kömmst du, mein Heil?
  - Ich komme, dein Teil. -
Ich warte mit brennenden Öle.
Eröffne den Saal
  - Ich öffne den Saal -
zum himmlischen Mahl.
Komm, Jesu.
  - Ich komme, komm, liebliche Seele. -
3. Aria - Duet S B (Dialogue - Soul, Jesus)
When will You come, my Savior?
  - I come, as Your portion. -
I wait with burning oil.
Now open the hall
  - I open the hall -
for the heavenly meal.
Come, Jesus!
  - I come, come, lovely soul! -
4. Choral T
Zion hört die Wächter singen,
das Herz tut ihr vor Freuden springen,
sie wachet und steht eilend auf.
Ihr Freund kommt von Himmel prächtig,
von Gnaden stark, von Wahrheit mächtig,
ihr Licht wird hell, ihr Stern geht auf.
Nun komm, du werte Kron’,
Herr Jesu, Gottes Sohn,
Wir folgen all
zum Freudensaal
und halten mit das Abendmahl.
(" Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," verse 2)
4. Chorale T
Zion hears the watchmen sing,
her heart leaps for joy within her,
she wakens and hastily arises.
Her glorious Friend comes from heaven,
strong in mercy, powerful in truth,
her light becomes bright, her star rises.
Now come, precious crown,
Lord Jesus, the Son of God!
We all follow
to the hall of joy
and hold the evening meal together.
5. Rezitativ B
So geh herein zu mir,
du mir erwählte Braut!
Ich habe mich mit dir
von Ewigkeit vertraut.
Dich will ich auf mein Herz,
auf meinen Arm gleich wie ein Sigel setzen,
und dein betrübtes Aug’ ergötzen.
Vergiß, o Seele, nun
die Angst, den Schmerz,
den du erdulden müssen;
auf meiner Linken sollst du ruhn,
und meine Rechte soll dich küssen.
5. Recitative B
So come in to Me,
you My chosen bride!
I have to you
eternally betrothed Myself.
I will set you upon My heart,
upon My arm as a seal,
and delight your troubled eye.
Forget, O soul, now
the fear, the pain
which you have had to suffer;
upon My left hand you shall rest,
and My right hand shall kiss you.
6. Arie - Duett S B (Dialog - Seele, Jesus)
Mein Freund ist mein,
  -und ich bin dein,-
die Liebe soll nichts scheiden.
Ich will mit dir
  -du sollst mit mir-
im Himmels Rosen weiden,
da Freude die Fülle, da Wonne wird sein.
6. Aria - Duet S B (Dialogue - Soul, Jesus)
My Friend is mine,
  - and I am yours, -
love will never part us.
I will with You
  - you will with Me -
graze among heaven’s roses,
where complete pleasure and delight will be.
7. Choral
Gloria sei dir gesungen,
mit Menschen- und englischen Zungen,
mit Harfen und mit Zimbeln schon.
Von zwölf Perlen sind die Pforten,
an deiner Stadt sind wir Konsorten
der Engel hoch um deine Thron.
Kein Aug’ hat je gespürt,
kein Ohr hat je gehört
solche Freude,
des sind wir froh,
ewig in dulci jubilo.
("Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," verse 3)
7. Chorale
Let Gloria be sung to You
with mortal and angelic tongues,
with harps and even with cymbals.
Of twelve pearls the portals are made,
In Your city we are companions
Of the angels high around Your throne.
No eye has ever perceived,
no ear has ever heard
such joy
as our happiness,
Io, io,
eternally in dulci jubilo!
"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," Philipp Nicolai (mov'ts. 1, 4, & 7)
©Pamela Dellal
Texts and Translations courtesy of Pamela Dellal, Emmanuel Music