Monday, April 29, 2013

Sleepers, Awake!

I awoke at about 5:30 AM with bits and pieces of Bach's Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers, Awake!) running through my mind's ear. Treat yourself to this glorious work this morning; forget the IMHO awkward theology ("bridegroom"? really? OK, Lutherans, it's all yours) and just bask in the music.

Above is a rather old but still marvelous performance by the Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with a scrolling score for those curious about the details... and who, hearing such beauty, wouldn't want to know what makes it work!

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