|Comments:||J W Bruce said:|
Described by Bach as a 'Dramma per musica', it is virtually an opera, and was dedicated to August Muller, a lecturer in botany at Leipzig University. The notes accompanying the disc give much more detail.
This is a remarkable work, right from the excellent Magnificat-like opening chorus. And what a chorus, three trumpets, two horns, Timpani, two flutes, two oboes, violins I & II, viola, continuo (violoncello, bassoon, violon, cembalo). The work is a delight from first to last note, and you cannot say that for many. If any track should be highlighted it would be the beautiful viola d'amore and viola da gamba in Zephyrus' aria (track 5). But then track 7 and a beautiful oboe d'amore and crystal-clear continuo, and the same goes for the flute solo in track 13. Better to get the disc and hear it all for yourself. Very strongly recommended. I only wish Bach had done more like it.