Sunday, December 2, 2012

J. S. Bach's Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme, Performed by Lisa Larsson, Lothar Odinius, Klaus Mertens, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Directed by Ton Koopman

The offertory for the First Sunday of Advent at Saint Michaels of Rochester were the chorales Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears the watchmen singing) and Gloria sei dir gesungen (May Gloria be sung to you) from the above.

Sandro Magister wrote of one very distinguished Catholic listener who said of this cantata, "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.

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