Bachs Awakening: Discover Cantata 140

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The Concert Singers of Cary Vocal Artists with the Mallarmé Chamber Players.

Cantata 140 is a chorale cantata composed by J.S. Bach in 1731, using a very famous chorale, Wachet auf (Sleepers, Awake!) which appears in many Christian hymnals. The original hymn was written in 1599 by German pastor Philipp Nicolai, after surviving a deadly plague in his town. Bachs setting has been called a regal masterpiece the writing is self-assured, warm, and joyous, and shows Bach at his most melodic.