The Sounds of Advent

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From the lighting of trees, to Lessons & Carols and Vespers, New York City is geared up for the holiday season. This week on the Choral Mix, Kent Tritle offers selections for the Advent season, from chant to the music of J.S. Bach.

Bach's celebrated cantata, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme was composed in 1731 for the Sunday prior to Advent, and more specifically, the 27th Sunday after trinity. A chorale cantata, Bach chose the the famous chorale "Wachet auf" by 16th-century pastor and composer Philipp Nicolai to serve as the foundation of the work. Gloriously scored for a full choir, orchestra and soloists, the text comes from the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. The magnificent cantata remains one of Bach's most beloved masterpieces. We hear an exquisite performance by Netherlands Bach Collegium directed by Pieter Jan Leusink, bringing our Advent celebration to a magnificent close.

Also on this week's celebration are works by Palestrina, Tallis and others.


Advent Processional


More Sublime Chant

The Cathedral Singers

Richard Proulx




Heavenly Harmonies

Stile Antico 


Komm, Jesu, komm


Wondrous Love

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

Kent Tritle



Audivi Vocem


Tudor City

New York Polyphony


This is the Record of John


Orlando Gibbons: With a Merrie Noyse

Magdalen College Choir


Fretwork Viols

Bill Ives


Conditor alme siderum


Musica Vaticana


Alexander Blachly



Once as I remember

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner


Wachet auf    

Wann kömmst du    

Zion hört die Wächter singen   

Gloria sei dir gesungen      


Bach Edition: Cantatas

Netherlands Bach Collegium

Pieter Jan Leusink