One more for now.
Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen BWV56
Gladly I bear the cross.
This is a real declaration of faith. Bach provides within the accompaniment phrases that might be the tread of the spiritual journey being described within the words. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxBcbRK8miU
That was Dietrich Fischer Dieskau recorded in 1952.
Now a much
more recent performance. The baritone is Klaus Mertens.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgk6qUeZW2c
I am deliberately contrasting these two performances. The older one is much more thick in texture, heavier in sheer sound, the legato pushed more and the approach overtly dramatic. The second one has lighter textures, is somewhat faster, the phrasing is more obvious and the voice becomes one of the instruments rather than being highlighted. The expression the singer puts into it is more contained.
One does not have to prefer one over the other, I enjoy both, though the older one in this instance speaks more powerfully to me. I don't know any other version that provides the emotional kick of the Fischer Dieskau.
However there is an argument to be made to suggest that the older version is too
Romantic, too laden and overtly dramatic; out of its authentic style. But really, it is all there for the asking, you are not restricted to one path.