4 Feb 2019

BACH: Cantata 202 'Wedding Cantata'

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 4 February 2019

Anna Fraser (soprano), Thomas Hutchinson (oboe), Douglas Mews (harpsichord), Rolf Gjelsten (cello).

Johann Sebasian Bach

Johann Sebasian Bach Photo: Elias Gottlob Haussmann, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

JS Bach wrote over 200 cantatas.

At some stages of his career as a church music director it was not unusual for him to compose a new cantata each week.

He also wrote cantatas for special occasions such as weddings, inaugurations, academic and other functions.

This cantata was likely written for a wedding and begins with 'Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten' - Dissipate, you troublesome shadows. It then moves on to reflect on the joys of love and contentment.

Recorded in Nelson Cathedral by RNZ

Sound Engineer: Graham Kennedy