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Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV208
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possibly 1713; Cantata No 208

Recordings
'Bach: Wedding Cantata & Hunt Cantata' (CDD22041)
Bach: Wedding Cantata & Hunt Cantata
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'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch' (CDA67344)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch
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'Bach Arrangements' (CDA67309)
Bach Arrangements
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'Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947' (APR6012)
Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947
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'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
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'Rare Piano Encores' (CDH55109)
Rare Piano Encores
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'The Emma Kirkby Collection' (CDA66227)
The Emma Kirkby Collection
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'Essential Bach' (KING5)
Essential Bach
KING5  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
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Details
Movement 01: Sinfonia in F, BWV1046a: Allegro
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Movement 02: Was mir behagt (Diana)
Movement 03. Aria: Jagen ist die Lust der Götter (Diana)
Movement 04. Recitative: Wie, schönste Göttin? wie? (Endymion)
Movement 05. Aria: Willst du dich nicht mehr ergötzen (Endymion)
Movement 06. Recitative: Ich liebe dich zwar noch! (Diana/Endymion)
Movement 07. Recitative: Ich, der sonst ein Gott (Pan)
Movement 08. Aria: Ein Fürst ist seines Landes Pan! (Pan)
Movement 09. Recitative: Soll denn der Pales Opfer? (Pales)
Movement 10. Aria: Schafe können sicher weiden (Pales)
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Track 13 on HYP20 CD1 [3'49] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Track 11 on KING5 [4'24] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Movement 10: Blithe Bells
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Track 5 on CDH55109 [3'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 10: Sheep may safely graze
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Track 11 on CDA67344 [6'36] Please, someone, buy me …
Movement 11. Recitative: So stimmt mit ein (Diana)
Movement 12. Coro: Lebe, Sonne dieser Erden
Movement 13. Duetto: Entzücket uns beide (Diana/Endymion)
Movement 14. Aria: Weil die wollenreichen Herden (Pales)
Movement 15. Aria: Ihr Felder und Auen (Pan)
Movement 16. Coro: Ihr lieblichste Blicke! Ihr freudige Stunden
Movement 17: Sinfonia in F, BWV1046a: Menuetto
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Track 17 on CDD22041 CD2 [6'02] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 9 & 10. Recitative – Aria: Soll denn der Pales Opfer? – Schafe können sicher weiden (Pales)

Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV208
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This enduringly popular aria comes from the hunting Cantata ‘Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd’ (‘What really pleases me is the lively hunt’) written for the birthday of Duke Christian of Weissenfels. It naturally sets out to flatter and to please, and the aria ‘Schafe können sicher weiden’ refers to his benign rule and not, as is sometimes assumed, to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. ‘Sheep may safely graze where a good shepherd is watching over them. When a ruler governs well, one can feel the peace and tranquility which make for a happy country.’ The aria is sung in the cantata by Pales, the god/goddess who looks after sheep and shepherds, and the gentle rocking accompaniment of two flutes and continuo is thought to echo the sound of sheep bells. Whilst Friedman stays close to the original in his warm and evocative transcription of the aria, Grainger chooses to have ‘a free ramble’ through it, delivering more a paraphrase than a transcription. His idiosyncratic harmonies and phrasing, the extreme voicing and the myriad directions to the performer mean that this is more Grainger than Bach—but his confidence carries the listener with him and turns initial surprise into delight.

from notes by Piers Lane © 2003

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Details for CDA67344 track 11
Movement 10: Sheep may safely graze
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ISRC
GB-AJY-03-34411
Duration
6'36
Recording date
6 May 2002
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Amanda Hurton
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch (CDA67344)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: April 2003
    Please, someone, buy me …
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