Cantata Music Recordings

A Cantata is a musical composition for voice and instrumental accompaniment, usually spanning several movements and involving choral forces. The term has been in use since the early 17th century, when it usually designated a type of single voice madrigal. The cantata eventually evolved into a substantially secular dramatic piece, often indistinguishable from an opera fragment. In the case of religious-themed cantatas, it is hard to tell the difference with a small oratorio, or a fragment of oratorio. Nowadays the term is somewhat loosely employed. Famous pieces in the genre include Bach's collection of more than 200 cantatas, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Luigi Nono's 'el canto sospeso'.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
A heart that knows its Jesus is living, BWV 134 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
A te che per sempre Massimiliano Pascucci Choir 20th Century
Accenti queruli Giovanni Felice Sances Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Alleluia, Confitemini e Laudate Manoel Dias de Oliveira Choir and Orchestra Classical
Alles, was ihr tut mir Worten oder Werken, BuxWV 4 Dietrich Buxtehude Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Awake, calls the voice to us, BWV 140 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Blessed is the man, BWV 57 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata "Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe", BWV. 185 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt'', BWV. 112 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Es ist das Heil uns kommen her'', BWV 9 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Cantata ''Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde'', BWV. 201 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen'', BWV. 56 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'', BWV. 51 Johann Sebastian Bach Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Jesu, der du meine Seele'', BWV. 78 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn'', BWV. 152 Johann Sebastian Bach Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Cantata ''Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch'', BWV. 86 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantata ''Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft'', BWV. 205 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Cantate Domino Ercole Bernabei Chamber group Baroque
Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque