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Cantata BWV 208
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!

Ref.

BWV 208

German Title

Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!

English Title

The merry hunt is all that I love! (by Richard Stokes)

Event

Hunt Cantata

Composed

Weimar, probably 1713
1st performance: February 21-22, 1713 - Weißenfels, for the birthday of Duke Christian of Sachsen-Weißenfels
2nd performance: Februay 23, 1716 - Weimar (?), for the birthday of Duke August of Weimar
3rd performance: 1742 - Leipzig, for the nameday of the Saxon elector, Friedrich August II

Text

Salomo Franck

German Text | German-2 | Translations: Catalan-1 | Dutch | English-1 | English-3 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Italian | Spanish-2

Scoring

Soloists: Two Sopranos, Tenor, Bass; The soloists forming the Chorus
Orchestra: 3 hunting horns, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 recorders, strings, cello in the continuo
Mvt. 1: Recitative | Mvt. 2: Aria | Mvt. 3: Recitative | Mvt. 4: Aria | Mvt. 5: Recitative | Mvt. 6: Recitative | Mvt. 7: Aria | Mvt. 8: Recitative | Mvt. 9: Aria | Mvt. 10: Recitative | Mvt. 11: Chorus | Mvt. 12: Aria (Duet) | Mvt. 13: Aria | Mvt. 14: Aria | Mvt. 15: Chorus

Score BGA [3.50 MB]
Capella: Mvt. 1 | Mvt. 2 | Mvt. 3 | Mvt. 4 | Mvt. 5 | Mvt. 6 | Mvt. 7 | Mvt. 8 | Mvt. 9 | Mvt. 10 | Mvt. 11 | Mvt. 12 | Mvt. 13 | Mvt. 14 | Mvt. 15 | BWV 1040 [cap]

References

BGA: XXIX | NBA: I/35 | BC: G 1, 3 | Zwang: W 1 | First Published: BG, 1881 | Autograph score (Facsimile): Berlin, Staatsbibliothek

Commentary

Crouch | AMG | Mincham | Reyes [Spanish]

Music

Music Examples

Discussions

Week of December 10, 2000; Week of February 13, 2005; Week of September 1, 2013

Contents

 

Complete Recordings of Cantata BWV 208
Recordings of Individual Movements from Cantata BWV 208
Recordings of Cantata BWV 208a

Discussions - Part 1 (1st round)
Discussions - Part 2 (2nd round)
Discussions - Part 3
Discussions - Part 4 (3rd round)

Bach Hits Back - by Swingle Singers
W. Walton: The Wise Virgins, suite from the ballet (arranged music of J.S. Bach)

Recordings - Part 1

Complete Recordings

1

J.S. Bach: Cantaa Nr. 208 [LP]
J.S. Bach - Telemann etc.: Cantatas [CD]
[C-2]
Baroque - J.S. Bach, Telemann: Cantatas [C-3]

Cantata BWV 208 [35:14]

Karl Forster

Members of the Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin / Berliner Philharmoniker

Soprano I [Diana]: Annelies Kupper; Soprano II [Pales]: Erika Köth; Tenor [Endymion]: Fritz Wunderlich; Baritone [Pan]: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Odeon 70475
EMI Classics

Nov 1961

LP / TT:
2-CD / TT:
CD/ TT:

Recorded at Gemeindhaus, Berlin, Germany.
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2

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 208 [L-8]
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 206 & 208 [C-4]

Cantata BWV 208 [34:40]

André Rieu

Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg (Chorus Master: Jürgen Jürgens) / Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra

Soprano I [Diana]: Erna Spoorenberg; Soprano II [Pales]: Irmgard Jacobeit; Tenor [Endymion]: Tom Brand; Bass [Pan]: Jacques Villisech
Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)

Telefunken SAWT-9427
Teldec

Oct 21-27, 1962

LP / TT: 34:40
CD / TT: 76:42

Recorded in Amsterdam, the Nethelands.
Listen on YouTube: Complete Cantata [34:52]
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3

J.S. Bach: Jagdkantate BWV 208 · Oboenkonzert nach BWV 1053 [ES-4]

Helmuth Rilling

Figuralchor der Gedächtniskirche Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano I [Diana]: Helen Donath; Soprano II [Pales]: Elisabeth Speiser; Tenor [Endymion]: Wilfried Jochims; Bass [Pan]: Jakob Stämpfli

Cantate-Musicaphon

May 1965

TT: 38:45

1st recording of Cantata BWV 208 by H. Rilling. Recorded at Südwest-Tonstudio H. Jansen, Stuttgart, Germany.
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4

Bach made in Germany Vol. VII - Secular Cantatas IV
Bach Edition Vol. 7 - Secular Cantatas
Bach: Kantaten BWV 208
[L-1]

Peter Schreier

Berliner Solisten (Chorus Master: Dietrich Knothe) / Kammerorchester Berlin

Soprano I [Diana]: Edith Mathis; Soprano II [Pales]: Arleen Augér; Tenor [Endymion]: Peter Schreier; Bass [Pan]: Theo Adam

Eterna / Brilliant Classics / Leipzig Classics

Oct-Nov 1976

TT: 35:40

Recorded at Christuskirche, Berlin, Germany.
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5

Bach: The Hunt Cantata [C-1]

Roy Goodman

The Parley of Instruments

Emma Kirkby & Jennifer Smith; Tenor - Simon Davies; Bass - Michael George

Hyperion

Feb 1985

TT: 43:23

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6

J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 208 "Jagdkantate" & BWV 212 "Bauernkantate" [L-1]
Bach-2000 Vol. 5 - Secular Cantatas
[L-1]

Cantata BWV 208 [33:31]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Chorus Master: Erwin Ortner) / Concentus Musicus Wien

Soprano I [Diana]: Yvonne Kenny; Soprano II [Pales]: Angela Maria Blasi; Tenor [Endymion]: Kurt Equiluz; Bass [Pan]: Robert Holl

Teldec

May 1988

CD / TT: 64:10
11-CD / TT:

Recorded at Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria.
Listen on YouTube: Complete Cantata [33:28]
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7

J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 51 & BWV 208 [C-3]

 

Cantata BWV 208 [31:32]

Mátyás Antál

Hungarian Radio Chorus / Failoni Chamber Orchestra

Soprano I [Diana]: Ingrid Kertesi; Soprano II [Pales]: Julia Paszthy; Alto: Judit Németh; Tenor [Endymion]: Jozsef Mukk; Bass [Pan]: István Gáti

Naxos 8.550643

Jan (?) 1992

CD / TT: 49:57

Recorded at Festetitch Castle, Budapest, Hungary.
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8

J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 3

 
 

Cantata BWV 208 [33:34]

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Soprano I [Diana]: Barbara Schlick; Soprano II [Pales]: Elisabeth von Magnus; Tenor [Endymion]: Paul Agnew; Bass [Pan]: Klaus Mertens

Erato 0630-14336-2
Antoine Marchand CC-72203

Sep 1995

3-CD / TT: 195:24

Recorded at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Listen on YouTube: Complete Cantata [33:34]
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9

Concertos & Cantata [C-3]

Cantata BWV 208 [35:46]

Ludwig Güttler

Hallenser Madrigalisten (Chorus Master: Andreas Göpfert) / Virtuosi Saxoniae

Soprano II [Diana]: Mona Spägele; Soprano II [Pales]: Claudia Kunz; Tenor [Endymion]: Robert Wörle; Bass [Pan]: Roman Trekel

Dresden Classics

Jan-Feb 1996

CD / TT:

Recorded at Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany.
Listen on YouTune: Complete Cantata [35:37]
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10

Edition Bachakademie Vol. 65 - Secular Cantatas

Helmuth Rilling

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Soprano I [Diana]: Sibylla Rubens; Soprano II [Pales]: Eva Kirchner; Tenor [Endymion]: James Taylor, Baritone [Pan]: Matthias Goerne

Hänssler

Sep 1996

TT: 36:59

2nd recording of Cantata BWV 208 by H. Rilling. Recorded at Stadthalle Leonberg, Germany.
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11

Bach: Secular Cantatas BWV 208, BWV 215 [L-6]

Gustav Leonhardt

Choir & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Soprano I [Diana]: Monika Frimmer; Soprano II [Pales]: Lynne Dawson; Tenor [Endymion]: John Elwes; Bass [Pan]: David Wilson-Johnson

Philips

Nov 1996

TT: 33:28

Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London, England.
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12

J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol. 2 - BWV 208, BWV 134a

 
 

Cantata BWV 208 [34:52]

Masaaki Suzuki

Bach Collegium Japan

soprano I [Diana]: Sophie Junker, Soprano II [Pales]: Joanne Lunn; Tenor [Endymion]: Makoto Sakurada; Baritone [Pan]: Roderick Williams

BIS SACD-1971

Jul 2011

SACD / TT: 74:40

Recoded at the MS&AD Shirakawa Hall, Nagoya, Japan.
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The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (December 2000 - June 2012)
Thanks to contributors: John Carroll (August 2009), Matthias Hansen (August 2006), Poul Anders Lyngberg-Larsen (October 2008),
Teri Noel Towe (April 2007)

Cantatas BWV 208 & BWV 208a: Details & Complete Recordings of BWV 208 | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 208 | Details & Recordings of BWV 208a | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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