Monday, September 5, 2011

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."

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I love this tune as well. For some reason, I always think of C. S. Lewis' "Perelandra". I think it'd make a good soundtrack to that story, for some reason.

Here are three more great versions:

September 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I heard an instrumental version of
a tune from Paulus by Felix Mendelsohn on WQXR (the classical music station in NYC) today, and it sounded very familiar.

Turns out it is based on Bach's "Wachet auf" melody.

Here is a chorale version:

Hauntingly beautiful tune for Advent.

December 16, 2011 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I'm just reading in the biography of Bonhoeffer how the mayor of Leipzig defied Hitler in 1937 by refusing to let the statue of the Jewish convert to Lutheranism Mendelssohn's statue be torn down in his city.

December 16, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

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