Video: Concentus Musicus Wien Performs J.S. Bach
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.