Bach composed four cantatas for solo alto. Three of the four were written around the same time in the year 1726 during Bach’s tenure in Leipzig. The alto parts in these solo cantatas are demanding, so we assume that Bach took the opportunity to compose them for a particular singer who was in his midst at the time.
Cantata 35 is one of my favorites. I wrote about the opening instrumental sinfonia with solo organ in an earlier post here. In the second aria of this cantata, Bach dispenses with the orchestra, limiting himself to the voice and obbligato organ, supported only by the continuo.
Enjoy this recording featuring counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, organist Markus Märkl and the Orchestre du Collegium Vocale directed by Philippe Herreweghe.