Bach’s Cantata 36, Schwingt freudig euch empor (Soar joyfully upwards) was composed in 1731 in Leipzig for the beginning of the Advent season. The cantata is unique in structure: Bach interspersed the various arias with chorale instead of recitatives. Another reason I love this cantata is that Bach assigned major roles to the oboes d'amore. In a post earlier this year, I referred to this cantata as “otherworldly.” Read that post here.
Another beautiful aria, for tenor, from Cantata 36, is Die Liebe zieht mit sanften Schritten (Love approaches his beloved). This recording features conductor, Philippe Herreweghe with Christoph Pregardien, tenor. The tenor aria starts at 07:34.