Bach originally composed the church cantata Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch!) for the second Sunday of Advent. He later reworked and expanded it, while in Leipzig, to a cantata in two parts for the 26th Sunday after Trinity.
The original version, BWV 70a, was first performed on this day in Weimar in 1716. Unfortunately, the original version has been lost. Enjoy this lively rendering featuring the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart directed by Helmuth Rilling. Soloists include Arleen Augér, soprano; Verena Gohl, alto; Lutz-Michael Harder, tenor and Siegmund Nimsgern, bass. The version heard here simply omits the additions from the later version.