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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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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”