Godela Orff reads
Esther Meynell:

Die kleine Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach

With music by J.S. Bach

Godela Orff wrote the following about this recording:

“In 1930, the British writer Esther Meynell published “The Little Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach”, a very lively memoir of Anna Magdalena, who was married to the great cantor of the Thomasschule, Johann Sebastian Bach, for thirty years. She writes about his untiring devotion to music, about his severity towards himself and others, and his deep piety.

This book never fails to move and inspire me, and I have repeatedly read from it in public readings, from a version I abridged myself. It is a great pleasure to include the wonderful music of J.S. Bach on this CD, which enhances the pleasure of the text even further.”

“Love is the fulfilment of the law”. This sentence from the Luther Bible, which Bach repeatedly read to his family, seems to me to stand above the life of Anna Magdalena Bach with her unconditional devotion to her brilliant husband, her large family and his music.

This is a recording that you should listen to with your whole heart…

Text selected and interpreted by Godela Orff. Music: J.S. Bach. Music selected by Godela Orff, Michael Rüggeberg, Gerhard Büchtemann. Total running time: 62:15 minutes.

The text was read from the Esther Meynell’s book Die kleine Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach , Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft, Herford, 1985.

 

Works and performers:

Track 1
Introduction

Track 2
“Great Fantasia in G minor” (organ). BWV 542. Karl Richter performing on the organ of Jægersborg Church near Copenhagen,1964. D.G. 431 866-2. (1:09)

Track 3
“Willst Du dein Herz mir schenken (Aria di Giovannini)” from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.1966. BWV 518. Elly Ameling, deutsche harmonia mundi. GD 77150. (0:35)

Track 4 
“Brandenburg Concert No. 6” BWV 1051. Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter. Munich, Schloss Schleißheim,1970. DG 004400734147. (0:45)

Track 5
Choral “O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß” from the St Matthew Passion. BWV 244. Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter. Munich, Herkules-Saal, 1979. D.G 427704-2. (2:29)

Track 6
Recitative (alto) “Ach, Golgatha” from the St Matthew Passion. BWV 244. Janet Baker (alto), Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter. Munich, Herkules-Saal, 1979. D.G 427704-2. (1:40)

Track 7
“Menuet” from Suite No. 1 in C major. BWV 1066. The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock. Archive Prod. D.P. 423493-2. (0:47)

Track 8
“Three-part Inventions C major”. BWV 788. Glenn Gould, piano. Moscow, 1957. Sony CB 751 CDM CP SMK 52685. (1:02)

Track 9
“Fugue in B minor” (organ). BWV 544. Karl Richter performing on the organ of Jægersborg Church near Copenhagen,1967. D.G. 431866-2. (0:59)

Track 10
Chorale “O Gott, du frommer Gott” (organ). BWV 767. Karl Richter performing on the organ of Jægersborg Church near Copenhagen,1969. D.G. 431 866-2. (1:05)

Track 11
“Badinerie” from Suite No. 2, B minor. BWV 1067. Wolfgang Schulz, flute, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger, 1986. Decca 440 255-2. (0:56)

Track 12
“Prelude A minor” (organ). BWV 543. Karl Richter performing on the organ of Jægersborg Church near Copenhagen, 1967. D.G. 431 866-2 (1:34)

Track 13
Chorale melody “Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel” (organ). BWV 650. Karl Richter performing on the organ of Jægersborg Church near Copenhagen, 1967. D.G. 431 866-2. (01:12)

Track 14
“Contrapunctus 1” from The Art of the Fugue. BWV 1080. Juilliard String Quartet. Washington, D.C. 1987. Sony S 2 K 45 937. (01:33)

Track 15
“Sinfonia” from the cantata “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis”. BWV 21. Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter. Munihc, Herkules-Saal, 1969. Archive Prod. 439 380-2. (1:02)

Track 16
Chorale “Vor Deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit” from The Art of the FugueBWV 1080. Juilliard String Quartet. Washington, D.C., 1987. Sony S 2 K 45 937. (1:09)

Track 17
Chorale “Magnificat”. BWV 243. Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, 1962. D.G. 419 466-2 GGA. (1:01)

Track 18
Choral “Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder” from the church cantata “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen”. BWV 56. Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Karl Richter. Munich, Herkules-Saal, 1969. Archive Prod. 439 395-2. (2:09)