Music for Advent: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

Bach rarely misses a chance to show off his creative skill, and his surviving Advent cantatas are no different.

All three are based on the favourite chorale of the time, Veni redemptor gentium (as translated by Luther). Despite the chorale’s medieval origins, BWV 61 shows the influence of the avant-garde French Ouverture. In BWV 62 he turns to Vivaldian concerti for inspiration, while in BWV 36 the ancient tune is knitted into the very genetic heart of the music. In each case the results are joyous in their anticipation of Christmas.

The English Concert
Harry Bicket
Dorothee Mields soprano
James Hall countertenor
Nick Pritchard tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Bach Cantata ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’ BWV 61
Bach Cantata ‘Schwingt freudig’ BWV 36
Erlebach Ouverture No.6 in G minor
Bach Cantata ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’ BWV 62

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