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BACH, J.S.: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 4 (Suzuki) - BWV 205, 207 (Academic Cantatas)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Bach Collegium Japan


Masaaki Suzuki


Joanne Lunn


Robin Blaze


Bach Collegium Japan Chorus



MS and AD Shirakawa Hall, Nagoya, Japan


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Total Time - 71:46
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BACH, J.S.: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 4 (Suzuki) - BWV 205, 207 (Academic Cantatas)

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Der zufriedengestellte Aolus: Zerreisset, zerspringet, zertrummert die Gruft, BWV 205

1 Zerreisset, zerspringet, zertrummert die Gruft (Chorus) 05:58
2 Recitative: Ja, ja! Die Stunden sind nunmehro nah (Aeolus) 01:37
3 Aria: Wie will ich lustig lachen (Aeolus) 04:04
4 Recitative: Gefurcht'ter Aolus (Zephyrus) 00:40
5 Aria: Frische Schatten, meine Freude (Zephyrus) 04:05
6 Recitative: Beinahe wirst du mich bewegen (Aeolus) 00:35
7 Aria: Konnen nicht die roten Wangen (Pomona) 03:42
8 Recitative: So willst du, grimmger Aolus (Pomona, Pallas) 00:44
9 Aria: Angenehmer Zephyrus (Pallas) 03:30
10 Recitative: Mein Aeolus, Ach! (Pallas, Aeolus) 02:14
11 Aria: Zurucke, zurucke, geflugelten Winde (Aeolus) 03:30
12 Recitative: Was Lust! Was Freude! Welch Vergnugen! (Pallas, Pomona, Zephyrus) 01:28
13 Aria: Zweig und Aste (Pomona, Zephyrus) 02:49
14 Recitative: Ja, ja! Ich lad euch selbst zu dieser Feier ein (Pallas) 00:39
15 Vivat August, August vivat! (Chorus) 03:06

Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV 207

16 Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten (Chorus) 04:38
17 Recitative: Wen treibt ein edler Trieb (Tenor) 01:54
18 Aria: Zieht euren Fuss nur nicht zurucke (Tenor) 03:50
19 Recitative: Dem nur allein soll meine Wohnung offen sein (Soprano, Bass) 02:00
20 Duet: Den soll mein Lorbeer schutzend decken (Soprano, Bass) 04:52
21 Ritornello 01:08
22 Recitative: Es ist kein leeres Wort (Alto) 01:40
23 Aria: Atzet dieses Angedenken (Alto) 05:19
24 Recitative: Ihr Schlafrigen, herbei! (Tenor, Bass, Soprano, Alto) 02:54
25 Anhang: Marche 01:15
26 Kortte lebe, Kortte bluhe! (Chorus) 03:35
 Joanne Lunn Soloist
  Robin Blaze Soloist
  Masaaki Suzuki Conductor

The two works on this album 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.

"... The vocal soloists - Joanne Lunn, Robin Blaze, Wolfram Lattke, and Roderick Williams - are all familiar from one or another previous volume in Suzuki’s surveys of Bach choral works; all are veteran bach singers, and all are excellent. When it comes to bach’s cantatas, Suzuki, his Collegium Japan, and BIS can do no wrong. So vitalizing and life-affirming is this music and these performances of it that your likely to put the disc in your player, press the repeat mode button, andlisten to it over and over again. Urgently recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - January/February 2015

                           Performance ****             Recording *****

"...Richly rewarding ... a welcome addition to the ongoing rehabiliation of Bach’s undervalued secular cantatas."
Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - October 2014

                         Music **** (Very Good)         Sound **** (Very Good) 

Arnd Richter - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - September 2014

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