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J.S. Bach - Secular Cantatas, Vol. 9 (BWV 201, 207a)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Robin Blaze
Christian Immler
Joanne Lunn
Katsuhiko Nakashima
Nicholas Phan
Dominik Wörner
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2311 SACD
EAN 7318599923116
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2017
Total time 80'53



Most of Johannes Sebastian Bach’s secular cantatas were written for specific political, academic or private festive occasions. In the case of Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201, however, it may well be that Bach composed it for his own sake: the message conveyed in the work can be interpreted as a defence of Bach’s own artistry and musical attitudes against the trend of the time towards easier fare. Subtitling the cantata ‘dramma per musica’, Bach sets an episode from Greek mythology in which Phoebus (Apollo) and Pan enter into a musical contest. Phoebus, the god of the arts, presents a beautifully balanced and technically accomplished aria, while Pan sings a rustic dance tune. The judges offer Phoebus the prize, but the verdict isn’t unanimous – King Midas prefers Pan’s catchy ditty, for which Phoebus punishes him by giving him donkey ears. On this amply-filled disc Bach’s praise of high art is followed by another tribute, now to Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. It is likely that Augustus never knew that the same music had been used 10 years earlier to congratulate a Leipzig academic on his promotion: Auf, schmetternde Töne… BWV 207a is based almost entirely on Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV 207. But Bach was something of the recycler’s recycler, and already BWV 207 included music from the First Brandenburg Concerto, with a choir added to the forces, and trumpets and timpani replacing the horns.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV201 47'47
01 1. Chorus. Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde… 5'34
02 2. Recitativo (Basso I & II, Soprano). Und du bist doch so unverschämt… 1'41
03 3. Aria (Soprano). Patron, das macht der Wind… 2'31
04 4. Recitativo (Alto, Basso I & II). Was braucht ihr euch zu zanken… 0'53
05 5. Aria (Basso I). Mit Verlangen drück ich… 9'00
06 6. Recitativo (Soprano, Basso II). Pan, rücke deine Kehle nun… 0'20
07 7. Aria (Basso II). Zu Tanze, zu Sprunge… 5'23
08 8. Recitativo (Alto, Tenore I). Nunmehro Richter her… 0'45
09 9. Aria (Tenore I). Phoebus, deine Melodei… 5'50
10 10. Recitativo (Basso II, Tenore II). Komm, Midas… 0'41
11 11. Aria (Tenore II). Pan ist Meister… 4'41
12 12. Recitativo (all). Wie, Midas, bist du toll?… 1'04
13 13. Aria (Alto). Aufgeblasne Hitze… 5'39
14 14. Recitativo (Soprano). Du guter Midas, geh nun hin… 1'05
15 15. Chorus. Labt das Herz, ihr holden Saiten… 2'40
 
  Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten, BWV207a 32'54
16 1. Chorus. Auf, schmetternde Töne 4'39
17 2. Recitativo (Tenore). Die stille Pleiße spielt… 1'59
18 3. Aria (Tenore). Augustus’ Namenstages Schimmer… 3'22
19 4. Recitativo (Soprano, Basso). Augustus’ Wohl… 2'00
20 5. Aria: Duetto (Basso, Soprano). Mich kann die süße Ruhe laben… 6'21
21 6. Recitativo (Alto). Augustus schützt die frohen Felder… 0'53
22 7. Aria (Alto). Preiset, späte Folgezeiten… 5'25
23 8. Recitativo (all). Ihr Fröhlichen, herbei!… 2'46
24 9. Chorus. August lebe, lebe, König!… 3'34
25 10. Anhang: Marche 1'55
 
  Album total 80'53
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
LyricistHenrici, Christian Friedrich
SopranoLunn, Joanne
BassWörner, Dominik
BaritoneImmler, Christian
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin
TenorNakashima, Katsuhiko
Phan, Nicholas
Tenor (evangelist)Phan, Nicholas

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