J.S. Bach – Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man – Cantata 20, at Trinity I

Artist unknown: Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (undated)

Artist unknown: Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (undated)

Cantata 20 (O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort / O Eternity, you word of thunder) opens the second Leipzig cycle. It is a massive work, in two parts, beginning with a French overture, which dwells concentratedly on Eternity, the “word of thunder…, [the] sword that bores through the soul…, [the] beginning without end.”

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