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Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten 'Wedding Cantata', BWV202

composer
? 1718/23
author of text

 
BWV202 Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten is by far the most popular of all Bach’s wedding cantatas, and has long been a favourite in the soprano repertoire. But whose wedding was it for? Many suggest that it was performed by Anna Magdalena herself at her own wedding to Bach on 3rd December 1721, when they were “married at home, by command of the Prince”, his then-employer. Although it would have been strange even then for a bride to perform in her own marriage ceremony, the fact that the Prince commanded a home wedding gives some credence to the notion that something unconventional happened. The other suggestion is that the cantata was performed in the celebrations after the service, making it less strange for the bride to participate in the music-making. In any case, scholars date the piece between 1717 and 1723 when Bach was Court Concert Master to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen.

The text, by an unknown author, compares nature’s awakening in spring to the blossoming of love between two people. Scored for strings and continuo with oboe obbligato, in the opening movement the tender warmth of the oboe line is the musical description of the sun emerging to banish the gloomy winter weather. Several mythical characters are evoked in the poetry: Flora, Phoebus, and even Cupid himself do their work to bring joy and blessings to the lovers. With Bach’s contrapuntal genius evoking Phoebus’ galloping ride in a notably fiendish cello line, and portraying Cupid’s “stepping out” with a sprightly walking bass line.

from notes by Gillian Keith © 2017

Recordings

Bach: The complete solo soprano cantatas, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD488Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Cantatas Nos 82, 202 & 208
CDD220412CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
The Emma Kirkby Collection
This album is not yet available for downloadCDA66227Archive Service
Hyperion monthly sampler - June 2017
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201706Download-only sampler

Details

No 1. Aria: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten
Track 6 on CDD22041 CD1 [6'04] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 6 on SIGCD488 [6'12] Download only
No 2. Recitativo: Die Welt wird wieder neu
Track 7 on CDD22041 CD1 [0'25] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 7 on SIGCD488 [0'22] Download only
No 3. Aria: Phoebus eilt mit schnellen Pferden
Track 8 on CDD22041 CD1 [2'55] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 8 on SIGCD488 [3'06] Download only
No 4. Recitativo: Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnügen
Track 9 on CDD22041 CD1 [0'39] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 9 on SIGCD488 [0'36] Download only
No 5. Aria: Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen
Track 10 on CDD22041 CD1 [2'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 10 on SIGCD488 [2'30] Download only
No 6. Recitativo: Und dieses ist das Glücke
Track 11 on CDD22041 CD1 [0'39] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 11 on SIGCD488 [0'44] Download only
No 7. Aria: Sich üben im Lieben
Track 12 on CDD22041 CD1 [4'14] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 12 on SIGCD488 [4'01] Download only
Track 10 on HYP201706 [4'01] Download-only sampler
No 8. Recitativo: So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe
Track 13 on CDD22041 CD1 [0'20] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 13 on SIGCD488 [0'23] Download only
No 9. Gavotte: Sehet in Zufriedenheit
Track 14 on CDD22041 CD1 [1'31] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 14 on SIGCD488 [1'39] Download only
Nos 6 & 7. Recitativo – Aria: Und dieses ist das Glücke – Sich üben im Lieben

Track-specific metadata for CDD22041 disc 1 track 10

No 5, Aria: Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-82-03610
Duration
2'34
Recording date
7 March 1981
Recording venue
St James's Church, Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Cantatas Nos 82 & 202 (CDA66036)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: November 2000
    Superseded by CDD22041
  2. Bach: Cantatas Nos 82, 202 & 208 (CDD22041)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2000
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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