J.S. Bach's Wachet Auf, Ruft uns die Stimme, Lisa Larsson, Lothar Odinius, Klaus Mertens, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman
It moved at least one listener to say, " I felt – not through reasoning, but in the depths of my heart – that what I had just heard had spoken truth to me, truth about the supreme composer, and it moved me to give thanks to God" — Ratzinger's Favorite Bach Cantata.
"The Cantatas were real and proper liturgical music," writes Sandro Magister. "They filled the space between the readings of the Mass and the homily. With Luther, they were a simple hymn. But in the 1600's, the developed into the form that was later used by Bach: with organ and orchestra, choir and soloists, chorales, recitatives, duets."