Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol. 2 (Hunt Cantata) (Bach Collegium Japan/ Masaaki Suzuki) (BIS: BISSACD1971)
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Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki present their long-awaited second volume of secular cantatas by J.S. Bach.
The "Hunt Cantata"
, composed in 1713, is the oldest of his secular cantatas. The libretto includes a dramatic plot in which four divinities from ancient mythology appear. Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht
was intended for the 1719 New Year celebrations in Kothen. The cantata is set as a dialogue between Time (tenor) and Divine Providence (alto), who in the final movement are joined by a chorus wishing 'gluckseligen Zeiten' ('joyous times').