Video: Concentus Musicus Wien Performs J.S. Bach

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April
2011

Johann Sebastian Bach‘s cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (“Heart and mouth and deed and life”), BWV 147, is famous primarily for its final chorus, Jesus bleibet meine Freude, accurately translated as “Jesus shall remain my joy,” but popularly known as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

And while it is a beautiful movement, no doubt, I prefer the opening title chorus, a joyful expression of faith that can be appreciated on many levels.

Here’s Nikolaus Harnoncourt directing the Concentus Musicus Wien in a performance given at the Benedictine abbey in Melk, Austria.

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  • Bernard;

    Thanks for your very interesting BLOG. In one of your recent entires, you wrote, “Here’s Nikolaus Harnoncourt directing the Concentus Musicus Wien in a performance given at the Benedictine Abbey in Stift, Austria.” I fear this is an error in that ‘Stift’ is the German word for Abbey…not the name of a place in Austria. Do you (or your readers) know at which Stift this was recorded?

  • Yes, you are absolutely correct. Thank you for the note. The abbey is in Melk.