J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 62, at Advent I

Giotto: Christ's Entry into Jerusalem (14th c.)

Giotto: Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem (14th c.)

The text of Cantata 62 is anonymous, but, as in cantata 61, uses Luther’s hymn at the outset. This opening chorus is spell-binding and masterful: strong, expansive in measure (6/4), and impressive, with magnificently and affectively telling writing in the orchestra, especially the oboes, and the cantus firmus (Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland) emphasized by the cornet. The chorale writing is transfixing.

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