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Monday, May 21, 2012

Let's Listen: That Sheep May Safely Graze


     This is an instrumental version of the popular aria (vocal solo) from Bach's Hunting Cantata, Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd (The lively hunt is all my heart's desire), BWV 208. This delicate rendition was performed by Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
     A cantata is, typically, a work with several movements, featuring singers accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Like an oratorio, several of the movements highlight voices in solo (one) or duet (two).

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