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A Mighty Fortress is Our God: Bach’s Reformation Cantata – Enjoy!

October 31st, 2009
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A wonderful way to observe and celebrate the Reformation of the Church is to listen to J.S. Bach’s magnificent Cantata 80 “Ein Feste Burg.” Here it is is, both the music and text, along with a performance to watch and follow along with. Here first the text, with English translation. Go to this link and it will download to your computer. And then here is the whole Cantata:

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  1. Richard
    October 31st, 2009 at 14:29 | #1

    Danke! I know this sounds snobbish, but it sounds crisper with original instrumentation and performance. Suzuki (a Japanese Reformed Christian) has exceptional performances of this–as does John Eiliot Gardiner. But whatever the case: SDG!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. November 1st, 2009 at 14:08 | #2

    I would like to second Richard on this. If in doubt, go for Gardiner or Suzuki — both fantastic on Bach, especially the cantatas. Whether in doubt or not, stay away from Richter and Rilling.

  3. Stephen Foxx
    November 1st, 2009 at 14:47 | #3

    Pastor,
    Thanks so much for posting this. We listened to it as we were getting ready for church this morning. It was perfect and set our Sunday off to a wonderful start. Our congregational meeting even went well and we approved a budget and elected our officers for next year and all of it peacefully and with no disagreements. That’s a great day in anyone’s book!!!

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