BWV 21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, Sunday Cantata, 17. Jun 2018
"I had much affliction". The distressed soul calls to God for relief, and Jesus responds with the promise of peace and unending care.
BWV 2 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, Sunday Cantata, 10. Jun 2018
"O Lord, look down from heaven, behold". A chorale cantata based on Luther's paraphrase of Psalm 12. A prayer of the faithful for the protection of God's holy word against heresy and false belief.
BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, Sunday Cantata, 03. Jun 2018
"Share your bread with the hungry". A call for Christians to care for the needs of the hungry and poor – and to give thanks to God for all the good things He has done for us.
BWV 129 Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, Sunday Cantata, 27. May 2018
"The Lord, my God, be praised". A chorale cantata for Trinity Sunday, setting the words of this well-known hymn of praise by Johannes Olearius.
BWV 74 Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, Sunday Cantata, 20. May 2018
"If anyone loves me, he will keep my word" (John 14:23). A Christian implores Christ to dwell in him and never leave him. Christ promises to make His dwelling place in everyone who believes in Him (John 14:28), which is the source of the Christian's hope and joy.
BWV 11 Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, Sunday Cantata, 13. May 2018
"Praise God in His kingdoms" – the Ascension Oratorio. [Translation of the libretto]
BWV 87 Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen, Sunday Cantata, 06. May 2018
"Until now you have asked nothing in my name" (John 16:24). A call to fervent prayer: since we have transgressed God's will and failed to believe the Gospel, we must entrust ourselves to His promise to have mercy on us.
BWV 166 Wo gehest du hin?, Sunday Cantata, 29. Apr 2018
"Where are you going?" (John 16:5). A reminder to Christians not to be falsely attached to this world but always to have in mind the promise of eternal life.
BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, Sunday Cantata, 22. Apr 2018
"Weeping, lamentation, worry, apprehension" (John 16:20). Jesus turns our sorrow into joy.
BWV 104 Du Hirte Israel, höre, Sunday Cantata, 15. Apr 2018
"Hear, O shepherd of Israel" (Psalm 80:1). A meditation on Jesus as the Good Shepherd of His flock, who will feed and tend them.
BWV 42 Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, Sunday Cantata, 08. Apr 2018
"On the evening of the same Sabbath" (John 20:19). Jesus is in the midst of His children, and and he is their shield against temptation. [Translation of the libretto]
BWV 4 Christ lag in Todes Banden, Sunday Cantata, 01. Apr 2018
"Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands". Written when Bach was only 22, this is one of his finest cantatas. It sets the words of Luther's great Easter hymn, celebrating Jesus' victory over death.
BWV 182 Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, Sunday Cantata, 25. Mar 2018
"King of heaven, be welcome". As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and was welcomed by His disciples, so Christians are called to welcome Jesus in faith.
BWV 161 Komm, du Süße Todesstunde, Sunday Cantata, 18. Mar 2018
"Come, sweet hour of death". The soul’s eager longing to be finally united with Jesus—an encounter that makes the hour of death itself a sweet hour.
BWV 157 Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, Sunday Cantata, 11. Mar 2018
"I will not let go of you unless you bless me" (Genesis 32:26). A funeral cantata, entrusting oneself to Jesus, as the only trustworthy comfort.
BWV 106 Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus Tragicus), Sunday Cantata, 04. Mar 2018
"God's time is always the best time". One of Bach's best-known and most beautiful vocal works, this funeral cantata sets a collection of funeral sentences, which remind us of our mortality and call us to place our trust in God's promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, Sunday Cantata, 25. Feb 2018
"To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul". Bach's very first cantata, a setting of Psalm 25.
BWV 131 Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, Sunday Cantata, 18. Feb 2018
"Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord". A penitential cantata, setting Psalm 130.
BWV 22 Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, Sunday Cantata, 11. Feb 2018
"Jesus took the twelve". A prayer to Jesus to draw us to Himself, to enable us to follow Him, so that nothing will cause us to lose our salvation.
BWV 126 Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, Sunday Cantata, 04. Feb 2018
"Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word". A chorale cantata paraphrasing and elaborating on one of Luther's best-known hymns, calling on God to protect His children by the power of His word from the enemies of the faith.
BWV 84 Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, Sunday Cantata, 28. Jan 2018
"I am content with my fortune". An acknowledgement that everything we have is from God, that all of it is an unmerited gift, and that Christians have the hope of a better reward than what this life offers.
BWV 13 Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, Sunday Cantata, 21. Jan 2018
"My sighs, my tears". A call to the troubled and anxious to turn to God in prayer: He will not fail to help.
BWV 154 Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren, Sunday Cantata, 14. Jan 2018
"My dear Jesus is lost". Mary and Joseph despaired when the boy Jesus was lost to them in Jerusalem (Luke 2), and rejoiced at finding Him. Likewise, the soul to whom Jesus is lost because of sin and unbelief must despair, but rejoices when it learns again to trust Jesus' word of promise.
BWV 65 Sie warden aus Saba alle kommen, Sunday Cantata, 07. Jan 2018
"All those from Sheba shall come". As the wise men from the East came to worship Jesus with their gifts (Matthew 2), Christians, too, are called to offer themselves to Jesus in the confidence that He will graciously receive us.
BWV 122 Das neugeborne Kindelein, Sunday Cantata, 31. Dec 2017
"The newborn little child". This is a chorale cantata based on a 16th-century Christmas hymn, rejoicing that Jesus' coming into the world has taken away the condemnation of our sins and opened the way to paradise.
BWV 132 Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn!, Sunday Cantata, 24. Dec 2017
"Prepare the ways, prepare the paths!" A call to repentance and faith in anticipation of the coming of Christ to judge the world.
BWV 62 Nun komm, den Heiden Heiland, Sunday Cantata, 17. Dec 2017
A chorale cantata paraphrasing and meditating on the ancient Advent hymn, "Saviour of the Nations Come".
BWV 31 Schwingt freudig, euch Empor, Sunday Cantata, 10. Dec 2017
"Soar joyfully aloft". Based on Psalm 24, this cantata in the promised coming of Christ, who is the King of Glory.