Three cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata 46: Schauet doch und sehet
Cantata 56: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen
Cantata 68: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt
These cantatas present three of Bach’s many perspectives on the Passion and Crucifixion. The text of Cantata 42 begins from the vantage-point of the crucified Christ: “Look, and see if there is any sorrow like unto my sorrow.” Cantata 56, for solo bass, finds the believing soul expressing his willingness to take up the cross and carry it, as well. And Cantata 68, “God so loved the world,” reflects upon the meaning of the Crucifixion as a sign of God’s love for all humanity. The scoring includes recorders, oboes, oboes da caccia (a hybrid of oboe and horn), tromba da tirarsi, and strings—a rich cross section of the Leipzig master’s palette of sonorities, played by early-music specialists from near and far.