One of the most beautiful Bach cantatas is "Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn" BWV152. Beautiful because of the instrumentation for recorder, therefore I was allowed to participate as a recorder soloist many years ago also in the music circle in the arrangement of this cantata, and beautiful because of the dialogue between the soul and Jesus, which occurs more frequently in Bach, and - as if that were not enough - the fantastic voice pitch of the soul, which is represented by a soprano. There is a merciless demand for high notes, I can hardly count how many times b@5 occurs - this note is just a big second below the high "C".
The sentence order of the text is remarkable. "How shall I embrace you, dearest of souls". Liebster der Seelen is a paraphrase of Jesus, of God, or of anything not earthly; all in all, Bach has again achieved a masterpiece of setting here.
We hear the sample set of the Eisenbarth organ in Friesach. In the pedal lies the continuous basso continuo, which is reproduced with strong staccato on the last two eighth notes in each case. The instrumental part (in the original all instruments play it in unison) is in the Hauptwerk. The soprano lies in the swell, which is coupled with the solo work. Jesus "sings" in the solo work, his voice sounding in 2 octaves. While the instruments play staccato, the singing voices are more legato, which adds a certain charm to the recording.