La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken
Cantatas Vol.16 Pfingst-Kantaten
CD | Accent | 4015023253162 | ACC 25316 | 05-13
The original forms of the Cantatas for the second and third days of Pentecost (BWV 173 and 184) originated in Köthen, where Bach was Kapellmeister to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen. As a Calvinist this Prince did not want any “modern” festive cantata music in the services. Only for the birthday of the Prince and for the New Year did the Prince require a Festival Cantata from Bach. These works were conceived with more modest settings, appropriate for the court orchestra.