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Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 3


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Although two of the works on this disc were composed for weddings, they are completely different in
character. Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten is a charming and gracious garland of recitatives and
arias for soprano solo in which Spring, Flora, Apollo and Amor are all invoked in a blessing of the
newly wedded couple and their union. The Quodlibet (Latin for ‘what pleases’) on the other hand, is
an altogether unceremonious composition which was probably intended for a private function in
Bach’s own circle or family. All we have is a fragment of the work – in Bach’s own hand – and the
beginning and ending of the piece, including the title page, are missing. It is therefore not even
certain that it is Bach’s own work, but may have been a collaboration between several of the wedding
guests. Compositions of this kind belong to a tradition which combines quotations from songs, toasts,
market traders’ calls, proverbs and puns, and were especially popular at weddings – where they
frequently got out of hand! The third disc in Bach Collegium Japan’s series of secular cantatas also
includes a birthday cantata composed in the honour of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen, Bach’s
employer during years 1717–23. Durchlauchtster Leopold (‘Most illustrious Leopold’) celebrates
the ‘propitious day’ while extolling the ruler’s ‘excellent attributes’ and ‘princely renown’. Two duets
in minuet form lend the work the character of a courtly serenade, which didn’t stop Bach from reusing
it, with a new text, as a church cantata a few years later. The name of the recipient of Schwingt
freudig euch empor, another congratulatory cantata, is no longer known, but the text tells us that he
was a teacher of high standing and of an advanced age. Once again Bach, who must have been
attached to the work, reused it as a church cantata, but also, with the new title Steigt freudig in die
Luft, as a birthday tribute to Charlotte Friederike of Anhalt-Köthen, the wife of Prince Leopold.
Facts
Item number BIS-2041
Barcode 7318599920412
Release date 7/30/2013
Category Choral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Bach Collegium Japan Chorus
Classical Artist Suzuki, Masaaki
Orchestra Bach Collegium Japan
Disc: 1
1 Recitative: Durchlauchtster Leopold (Soprano) 00:00:40 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
2 Aria: Guldner Sonnen frohe Stunden (Soprano) 00:03:35 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
3 Leopolds Vortrefflichkeiten (Bass) 00:01:47 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
4 Aria: Unter seinem Purpursaum (Soprano, Bass) 00:03:45 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
5 Recitative: Durchlauchtigster, den Anhalt Vater ne 00:01:14 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
6 Aria: So schau dies holden Tages Licht (Soprano) 00:03:19 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
7 Aria: Dein Name gleich der Sonnen geh (Bass) 00:02:04 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
8 Chorus: Nimm auch, grosser Furst, uns auf (Soprano 00:02:01 Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
9 Aria: Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten 00:06:03 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
10 Recitative: Die Welt wird wieder neu 00:00:28 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
11 Aria: Phoebus eilt mit schnellen Pferden 00:03:05 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
12 Recitative: Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnugen 00:00:41 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
13 Aria: Wenn die Fruhlingslufte streichen 00:02:45 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
14 Recitative: Und dieses ist das Glucke 00:00:42 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
15 Aria: Sich uben im Lieben 00:03:56 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
16 Recitative: So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe 00:00:27 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
17 Aria (Gavotte): Sehet in Zufriedenheit 00:01:23 Suzuki, Masaaki Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan
18 Schwingt freudig euch empor (Chorus) 00:04:02 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
19 Recitative: Ein Herz, in zartlichem Empfinden (Ten 00:00:58 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
20 Aria: Die Liebe fuhrt mit sanften Schritten (Tenor 00:05:49 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
21 Recitative: Du bist es ja, o hochverdienter Mann ( 00:00:48 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
22 Aria: Der Tag, der dich vordem gebar (Bass) 00:02:46 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
23 Recitative: Nur dieses Einzge sorgen wir (Soprano) 00:00:38 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
24 Aria: Auch mit gedampften, schwachen Stimmen (Sopr 00:08:51 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
25 Recitative: Bei solchen freudenvollen Stunden (Ten 00:00:22 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
26 Chorus and Recitative: Wie die Jahre sich verneuen 00:03:18 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Chorus Bach Collegium Japan
27 Quodlibet, BWV 524 00:10:46 Sakurada, Makoto Suzuki, Masaaki Williams, Roderick Lunn, Joanne Bach Collegium Japan Aoki, Hiroya
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