We are not quite blessed with the survival of Advent cantata’s by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The music of BWV 71a, 186a are lost, 147a we only know because some of the music was re-used in the famous BWV 147 cantata (for a completely different feast in July!) and BWV 141 was actually written by Georg Philip Telemann… Fortunately, the cantata that was written for the 4th Sunday in Advent and had it’s world premiere on December 22 1715, exactly 298 years ago…!
Combined it with a very fine Chrismas CD from Emma Kirkby. Besides two Chrstmas cantatas form Alessandro Scarlatti (yes, daddy of…) she sings a reconstructed aria from BWV 147a.
Hope you enjoy the music!
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata „Bereitet die Wege bereitet die
Bahn” BWV 132 (1st performance: December 22, 1715 - Weimar)
Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano
Yoshikazu Mera, Counter-tenor:
Makoto Sakurada, tenor
Peter Kooy, bass
Bach Collegium Japan,
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Philipp Friedrich Böddecker - Natus est Jesus (1651)
Alessandro Scarlatti - Non Sò Qual Più M'ingombra (1716)
Johann Pachelbel - Cannon & Gigue
Johann Sebastian Bach - Offne Dich Mein Ganzes Herze from BWV 61
Air from 3nd suite
Bereite Dir, Jesu noch ist so die Bahn from BWV 147a
Alessandro Scarlatti - O Di Betlemme, Altera Poverta Venturosa
Arcangelo Corelli - Concerto Grosso In G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 ('Fatto Per La Notte Natale’, published 1714, one year after Corelli’s death)
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Charles Medlam, conductor