Although not all survive, Bach authored at least 200 sacred Cantatas, another dozen or so secular Cantatas, and is often credited with a number of others for which his authorship is disputed, or at least doubtful. BWV 61 is one of two he wrote on Martin Luther's 1524 hymn "Now come, Saviour of the Heathens." This hymn appeared regularly in translation in mainstream Canadian hymn books until recently.

The recordings here are from a performance which took place as part of our Advent celebrations on December 11, 2016. We were delighted that our Music Director Christopher Dawes brought along a small pipe organ to add intimacy to the aria and recitative movements. You can see Christopher pictured above with this organ which was constructed especially for him by renowned Canadian organ builder Fernand Letourneau. In the background is our permanent Karl Wilhelm organ which Christopher used in the chorus and chorale movements.

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Introduction
Christopher Dawes, director and organist







Chorus
RPC Choir







Recitative
Joseph Lévesque, tenor







Aria
Joseph Lévesque, tenor







Recitative
Mikhail Shemet, bass-baritone







Aria
Rebecca Genge, soprano







Chorale
RPC Choir