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Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata BWV 63, “Christen, ätzet diesen Tag,” was composed for an initial performance on Christmas Day 1714 or 1715. Here a 1995 performance by the New London Consort (Catherine Bott, soprano; Christopher Robson, controtenore; Andrew King, tenore; Paul Agnew, tenore; Michael George basso) under the direction of Philip Pickett. An English translation of the text is available here, the German original, probably by Johann Michael Heineccius, is available here
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Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Hours per day that a death-row inmate in China wears hand and ankle restraints:
A multidisciplinary team detected cardiac arrhythmia in the works of Beethoven.
There was a run on cases of 5.56mm M855 green-tip rifle bullets, after the White House moved to ban their manufacture and sale because they can pierce police armor.
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