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J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas, Volume 4

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Catalogue numberBIS-2001 SACD
Release date2014-05-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time73:04

“So vitalizing and life-affirming is this music and these performances of it that you’re likely to put the disc in your player, press the repeat mode button, and listen to it over and over again. Urgently recommended.” Fanfare

The two works on this disc perfectly illustrate a particular type of secular cantata, the so-called ‘dramma per musica’. In such works the libretto is constructed dramatically, and the singers embody various roles, such as gods and other characters from antiquity, and allegorical figures. The parallel with opera is apparent, although the ‘drammi per musica’ do without any scenic element. Bach primarily used the form in works intended for princely tributes or academic festivities: educated audiences could be expected to recognize the characters and literary traditions involved. Both cantatas recorded here are ‘academic’ cantatas, composed in honour of eminent members of the faculty at the University of Leipzig. BWV 205 celebrates the name day of Dr August Friedrich Müller (3rd August 1725), and takes us to Aeolia, where Aeolus, the King of the Winds, holds the mighty autumn storms captive until it is time to let them loose on the world. To prevent any disruption of the celebrations for Dr Müller, the goddess Pallas, among others, entreats Aeolus to keep the storms in check for a while longer. Grudgingly he concedes to her wish, but only after singing an aria full of splendid bluster (Wie will ich lustig lachen…). One year later, Bach composed the cantata BWV 207 for the appointment of Dr Gottlieb Kortte as ‘professor extraordinarius’. The young jurist enjoyed particular popularity among the young academics, who probably were the commissioners of the cantata. In this work it is virtues such as Diligence and Honour which take musical shape, singing the praise of the eminent academic. The cantata closes with a chorus, Kortte lebe, Kortte blühe!, wishing the new professor a long and flourishing life – unfortunately to little avail, as Dr Kortte died only five years later, at the age of 33.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV205 38:41
01 1. [Chorus]. Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die
05:58 $ 1.43 USD
02 2. Recitativo (Basso). Ja! ja! Die Stunden sind nunmehro
01:37 $ 0.39 USD
03 3. Aria (Basso). Wie will ich lustig lachen… 04:04 $ 0.98 USD
04 4. Recitativo (Tenore). Gefürcht’ter Äolus… 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
05 5. Aria (Tenore). Frische Schatten, meine Freude… 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
06 6. Recitativo (Basso). Beinahe wirst du mich bewegen… 00:35 $ 0.14 USD
07 7. Aria (Alto). Können nicht die roten Wangen… 03:42 $ 0.89 USD
08 8. Recitativo (Alto, Soprano). So willst du, grimmger
00:44 $ 0.18 USD
09 9. Aria (Soprano). Angenehmer Zephyrus… 03:30 $ 0.84 USD
10 10. Recitativo (Soprano, Basso). Mein Äolus… 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
11 11. Aria (Basso). Zurücke, zurücke, geflügelten Winde… 03:30 $ 0.84 USD
12 12. Recitativo (Soprano, Alto, Tenore). Was Lust!… 01:28 $ 0.35 USD
13 13. Aria (Alto,Tenore). Zweig und Äste… 02:49 $ 0.68 USD
14 14. Recitativo (Soprano). Ja, ja! ich lad euch selbst zu
dieser Feier ein…
00:39 $ 0.16 USD
15 15. Chorus. Vivat August, August vivat… 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
  Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV207 33:05
16 1. Chorus. Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten… 04:38 $ 1.11 USD
17 2. Recitativo (Tenore). Wen treibt ein edler Trieb zu dem,
was Ehre heißt…
01:54 $ 0.46 USD
18 3. Aria (Tenore). Zieht euren Fuß nur nicht zurücke… 03:50 $ 0.92 USD
19 4. Recitativo (Basso, Soprano). Dem nur allein… 02:00 $ 0.48 USD
20 5. Aria Duetto (Basso, Soprano). Den soll mein Lorbeer… 04:52 $ 1.17 USD
21 5a. Ritornello 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
22 6. Recitativo (Alto). Es ist kein leeres Wort… 01:40 $ 0.40 USD
23 7. Aria (Alto). Ätzet dieses Angedenken… 05:19 $ 1.28 USD
24 8. Recitativo (Tenore, Basso, Soprano, Alto). Ihr
Schläfrigen, herbei…
02:54 $ 0.70 USD
25 Anhang: Marche 01:15 $ 0.30 USD
26 9. [Chorus]. Kortte lebe, Kortte blühe… 03:35 $ 0.86 USD
  Album total 73:04
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
BassWilliams, Roderick
SopranoLunn, Joanne
TenorLattke, Wolfram
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin

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