Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 9 – The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 406 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 25 | Time: 80:41 min
Most of Johannes Sebastian Bachs secular cantatas were written for specific political, academic or private festive occasions. In the case of Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201, however, it may well be that Bach composed it for his own sake: the message conveyed in the work can be interpreted as a defence of Bachs own artistry and musical attitudes against the trend of the time towards easier fare. Subtitling the cantata dramma per musica, Bach sets an episode from Greek mythology in which Phoebus (Apollo) and Pan enter into a musical contest.