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