To celebrate Leap Day, I can’t help but turn to Bach’s Cantata 149, Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg (There are joyful songs of victory). In movement 6, an aria (duet) for alto and tenor, Bach gives the bassoon a solo line – and what an athletic solo line it is! Bach has the bassoon hopping and leaping like never before.
Leap over to this recording by the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart directed by Helmuth Rilling. If this doesn’t make your day, nothing will!