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50 minutes | Nov 24, 2018
BWV 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
"Wake, awake, for night is flying". Perhaps the greatest of all the cantatas, based on one of the greatest Lutheran hymns, by Philipp Nicolai. Based on the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25), its subject matter is the love between, and the...
44 minutes | Nov 17, 2018
BWV 70 Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!
"Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch!" Since Jesus will soon return to judge the living and the dead, and our lives can end at any moment, Christians ought to be watchful and diligent in prayer – and joyfully confident in the joy Jesus has prepared for...
31 minutes | Nov 10, 2018
BWV 116 Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ
"You prince of peace, Lord Jesus Christ". The hymn by Jakob Ebert on which this chorale cantata is based was written as a prayer for peace in time of war. It is an act of repentance over our sins and an entreaty to Jesus, the prince of peace,...
27 minutes | Nov 3, 2018
BWV 26 Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig
"Ah, how fleeting, ah, how insubstantial". A chorale cantata based on a hymn by Michael Franck, which laments the brevity of human life – and therefore placing one's trust in God and His eternal faithfulness.
32 minutes | Oct 27, 2018
BWV 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
"A mighty fortress is our God". A triumphant setting and expansion of Luther's famous battle hymn of the Reformation.
33 minutes | Oct 20, 2018
BWV 109 Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben
"I believe, dear Lord, help my unbelief". Drawing on the account of Jesus' healing of the official's son in John 4, offering comfort to the weak in faith that whoever trusts in Jesus will never be disappointed.
31 minutes | Oct 13, 2018
BWV 180 Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
"Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness". A chorale cantata, setting and expanding one of the great Lutheran communion hymns, by Johann Franck.
30 minutes | Oct 6, 2018
BWV 56 Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen
"I would gladly bear the cross-staff". A work for bass solo, this cantata is a declaration of confidence in God's love through Jesus Christ. Even suffering and death, when received from God's hand, can be received with joy.
31 minutes | Sep 29, 2018
BWV 169 Gott soll allein mein Herze haben
"God alone shall possess my heart". A work for alto solo, this cantata is a response to the double-commandment of love, to love God above all things and your neighbour as yourself.
32 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
BWV 47 Wer sich selbst erhöhet, der soll erniedriget werden
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled". A call to humility in the face of God's glory and human sinfulness, with a prayer to Jesus to grant such humility.
31 minutes | Sep 15, 2018
BWV 95 Christus, der ist mein Leben
"Christ, who is my life". A reflection on Jesus' raising of the son of the widow of Nain, this cantata is built around four Lutheran funeral hymns. It expresses the Christian hope that death holds no fear for those whose Saviour Jesus is.
31 minutes | Sep 8, 2018
BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
"Shout for joy to God in every land". An exuberant solo cantata for soprano, calling God's people to praise Him for His faithfulness. This cantata closes with an extraordinary 'Alleluia' for soprano and solo trumpet.
33 minutes | Sep 1, 2018
BWV 78 Jesu, der du meine Seele
"Jesus, by whom my soul". A chorale cantata based on a hymn by Johann Rist, in which the Christian takes comfort in the sufferings of Jesus for our salvation.
32 minutes | Aug 25, 2018
BWV 33 Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
"On you alone, Lord Jesus Christ". A chorale cantata based on a hymn by Konrad Huber, a reminder that our loving God is our only lasting hope.
30 minutes | Aug 18, 2018
BWV 35 Geist und Seele wird verwirret
"Spirit and soul are thrown into confusion". A solo cantata for the alto, based on Jesus' healing of the deaf and mute man (Mark 7), marvelling at God's miraculous care for His children. [Translation of the libretto]
29 minutes | Aug 11, 2018
BWV 199 Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut
"My heart swims in blood". This early solo cantata for soprano solo is a reflection on Jesus' parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18), pleading for the forgiveness of sins.
31 minutes | Aug 4, 2018
BWV 101 Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott
"Take from us, Lord, you faithful God". A chorale cantata based on a penitential hymn by Martin Möller, begging for God's merciful forgiveness of our sins and release from their just punishment.
31 minutes | Jul 28, 2018
BWV 94 Was frag ich nach der Welt
"What is the world to me". A chorale cantata based on a well-known Lutheran hymn. The message of the hymn is that the vanishing treasures of the world are nothing compared to the true, eternal treasure, Jesus.
32 minutes | Jul 21, 2018
BWV 178 Wo Gott, der Herr, nicht bei uns hält
"If God, the Lord, does not stay with us". A chorale cantata based on one of the very earliest Lutheran hymns, written by a friend and colleague of Martin Luther. It is a paraphrase of Psalm 124, reminding us that it is only the grace of God...
31 minutes | Jul 14, 2018
BWV 187 Es wartet alles auf dich
"The eyes of all look to you". This cantata draws on texts from both the Old and the New Testaments to reassure us that we can trust God since He has provides for us and has promised to care for us.
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