Episode 1: 'Wachet auf' from Cantata No. 140

Download the Free 'My Daily Bach' Podcast

next episode »

Monday, November 03, 2014

Every weekday during November, WQXR offers a free, daily download of a noteworthy commercial Bach recording. First up is the opening chorus of Bach's Cantata 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" ("Sleepers Awake"), in a performance by the Bach Ensemble, conducted by Joshua Rifkin. Released in 1997, the recording exemplifies Rifkin's famous theory that Bach's choral works were meant to be sung with only one singer on a part.

Album Details
My Favorite Bach: Six Favorite Cantatas BWV 147, 80, 140, 8, 51, 78
Joshua Rifkin, Bach Ensemble
L'Oiseau Lyre
Available at Arkivmusic.com

This and all episodes of the Daily Bach podcast are no longer available for download. You may follow our new show My Classical Podcast instead.

Comments [3]

Dennis Fitzpatrick from Las Vegas, NV

The WQXR App is terrific. I love the “All Bach” channel. The organ music of Bach sounds great on my Bose speakers. Some FM stations won’t play organ music because of audio constrictions. I notice no audio range problems on WQXR. I have added WQXR to my top 3 classical stations with KUNV in Los Angeles and Sunday Baroque in Connecticut. Sleep timer is nice.

A few suggestions: use larger type for us seniors, add a channel for the choral music of Kent Tritle and add landscape mode. I am tired of tilting my head to read titles. The only time I turn off your station is when you play Bach’s lute music on guitar. Nonetheless, I am ready to subscribe annually.

Nov. 16 2014 11:07 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

It is not news that the crudist super rich look down at culture and artists generally. Throughout history royal families hired musicians as MOZART, HANDEL and WAGNER to give class to their respective "administrations". These geniuses would make their appearances as lowly staff often entering from the kitchen. Today's dumbing down in this country from the commercial interests will shatter our culture and make this country irrelevant compared to others where intellect is more important than vast wealth.
Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. Great as BACH was/is each composer has his/her own style and format and content so it is not appropriate to claim the top of the totem pole to any one great composer, no matter how great. I am partial to RICHARD WAGNER because his music most touchest both my personal and professional life. But Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Mahler, Berg, Gounod, Massenet, Debussy, Giordano, Schubert, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Schumann, Richard and Johann Strauss, Moussorgsky, Borodin, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Bizet, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as professional life. Ask a mother or father who their favorite child is if they have more than one and one will see it is not that easy to marginalize one's preferences. ALL deserve our attention and respect. There will always be time and devotion cheerfully dedicated to the presentation of this great master's ouevre. The test of time is virtually always the most respected judgment on the preciousness of anything. BACH's music has met that test. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the great titanic geniuses of music and his music and its influence will be forever with us no matter what the current fads that will turn up as certainly as day follows night. SIngers and instrumentalists and music lovers all clamor for more BACH. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"], teacher of voice production and I train and coach big-voiced singers in the Wagner rep and actors in the Shakespeare oeuvre. www.WagnerOpera.com

Nov. 13 2014 09:33 AM
Peter Green from West Milford NJ

A delightful if somewhat "measured" performance.

Nov. 03 2014 03:37 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.