More intimate than Bach’s typical cantatas, Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (“Sweet comfort, my Jesus comes”), BWV 151 has been called “the most personal of Bach’s cantatas.” Eschewing the typically complex opening chorus, this five-movement cantata has only one chorale at the end. Instead, the piece opens with a soprano aria in a lilting adagio tempo accompanied by flute obbligato. The piece retains a transcendent feel throughout the remaining bass recitative, alto aria, and tenor recitative. Finally, the choir is unleashed on the fifth movement chorale, “Heut schleußt er wieder auf die Tür” (“He opens the door again today”).

Colorado Bach Ensemble’s “Cantata Insights Series” gives audiences an opportunity to learn more about Bach’s many cantatas. In these popular and educational concerts, Artistic Director James Kim has a special way of explaining what he knows, drawing you into the wonders of Bach’s music. After James gives his insights on a “guided tour” through the cantata, the ensemble performs the work in its entirety, giving the audience a fresh perspective of one of Bach’s magnificent works.

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