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Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV205

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Johann Sebastian Bach was settling into his job as Cantor of St Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, which entailed composing for services, teaching music, arranging the church’s musical life, and raising his numerous children. That was obviously not enough, because he accepted a commission from the students of the university to write a cantata for the name day of their much-loved law professor, August Friedrich Müller. The short secular cantata Der zufriedengestellte Aeolus, to a libretto by Christian Friedrich Henrici, hinges on the quirkily anachronistic premise that the goddess Pallas Athene needs to dissuade the storm god Aeolus from ruining Professor Müller’s festivities. She enlists the aid of Zephyrus. Bach must have liked the aria, since he recycled it four years later for a sacred cantata.

from notes by Shirley Apthorp © 2016


Aksel! - Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart
Studio Master: SIGCD435Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Aria: Angenehmer Zephyrus
Track 14 on SIGCD435 [4'12] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD435 track 14

Aria: Angenehmer Zephyrus
Recording date
22 January 2016
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Sean Lewis
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Aksel! - Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart (SIGCD435)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: September 2016
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