Episode 7: Andreas Scholl Performs from Cantata BWV 82

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Each weekday during November, WQXR offers a free, daily download of a noteworthy Bach recording. Today: The "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" from Cantata 82.

Album Details:

Cantata BWV 82, "Ich habe genug": Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Johann Sebastian Bach
Andreas Scholl, counter-tenor
Kammerorchester Basel
Andreas Scholl | Kammerorchester Basel
Decca
Available at Arkivmusic.com

Composing for the Lutheran church, Bach wrote a lot of music about death. But in the church context, death, for believers, is something to be looked forward to, because it’s the doorway to eternal life. The scripture that goes with Bach’s Cantata 82 is about Simeon, a righteous old man who was promised that he would not die until he met the Savior. When that happens, Simeon is fulfilled and ready to die, and so the title of this cantata is “Ich habe genug,” which means, “I have enough.” One amazing moment in the cantata is the aria, “Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen” – “Slumber now, weary eyes.” The words are for someone who is going to sleep for the last time, leaving behind the cares of earthly life. So, what music goes with going to sleep? A lullaby, of course.

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Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"], teacher of voice production and I train and coach big-voiced singers in the Wagner rep and actors in the Shakespeare oeuvre. www.WagnerOpera.com

Nov. 11 2014 08:11 PM

>> ... "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" aria from Cantara 82.<<
Wow! We're getting the actual aria? Not the oboe d'amore transcription? And it's from a Cantata, not a Cantara, right?

Yep, we read what you write. DD~~

Nov. 11 2014 03:58 AM

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