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.

Playlist:

Advent Processional

Chant

More Sublime Chant

The Cathedral Singers

Richard Proulx

 

Vigilate

Byrd

Heavenly Harmonies

Stile Antico 

 

Komm, Jesu, komm

Bach

Wondrous Love

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

Kent Tritle

 

 

Audivi Vocem

Tallis

Tudor City

New York Polyphony

 

This is the Record of John

Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons: With a Merrie Noyse

Magdalen College Choir

Oxford

Fretwork Viols

Bill Ives

 

Conditor alme siderum

Festa

Musica Vaticana

Pomerium

Alexander Blachly

 

Palestrina

Once as I remember

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner

 

Wachet auf    

Wann kömmst du    

Zion hört die Wächter singen   

Gloria sei dir gesungen      

Bach

Bach Edition: Cantatas

Netherlands Bach Collegium

Pieter Jan Leusink