Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften
HWV208 has a stealthy bass line and strongly characterized violin solo part similar to the aria Forte e lieto in Tamerlano
. The operatic version represents Bajazets stubbornness in conflict with filial love, and introduces a character whose actions are frequently misconceived. Brockess poem makes that rhetorical character in the music even stronger, with the singer advising that those who dig for gold and gems waste their time in the dark while they should instead be experiencing the real treasure of Gods creation.
from notes by David Vickers © 2007