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Bach Cantata Listener's Guide

Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft (Now has the salvation and the strength)

Cantata 50

  • Possibly St. Michael
  • Epistle: Revelations xii 7-12 (War in Heaven)
  • Gospel: Matthew xviii. 1-11 (Whoso humbles himself is greatest in Heaven)
  • Rating: 1* (?)

We find Bach in tremendous form in the overwhelming opening double chorus of Nun ist das Heil. Tragically, that's all that there is left. Just under four minutes of what surely must have been one of Bach's greatest cantatas. "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence".

There is an excellent recording of this fragment by Hans-Joachim Rotzsch on Berlin Classics 0021762BC.

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