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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion. Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen – O Lamm Gottes unschuldig

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion. Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen – O Lamm Gottes unschuldig October 28, 2011

Three weeks ago, I stumbled across a used copy of the classic Otto Klemperer recording of this great work. Even though I already own four other recordings of the work, I could not pass up the  bargain price of ten dollars. ( I know, it’s still a vice).

Since then, I have not been able to get the opening coro and chorale off my mind. This always happens whenever I listen to the Matthew Passion.

As an attempt to let go and as an offer for your enjoyment/sanctification, I thought I’d share this video of Tom Koopman’s interpretation of the piece.

Have a good weekend.

Chorus I
Come, ye daughters, share my mourning,
See ye—(Chorus II) whom?—(Chorus I) the bridegroom there,
See him—(Chorus II) how?—(Chorus I) just like a lamb!

Chorale
O Lamb of God, unspotted
Upon the cross’s branch slaughtered,
See ye,—what?—see him forbear,
Alway displayed in thy patience,
How greatly wast thou despisèd.
Look—where, then?—upon our guilt;
All sin hast thou born for us,
Else we had lost all courage.
See how he with love and grace
Wood as cross himself now beareth!
Have mercy on us, O Jesus!

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