Cantatas for the 'Zimmermann Gardens'. The secular cantatas afford us a glimpse of what Bach could have done if he had been tempted to write an opera. They reveal a composer who was highly sensitive not only to the place where they were to be performed (in the Zimmermann café or gardens in Leipzig), but also to the texts he was given to set and to the audience that was to listen to them. The result is a number of quite fascinating works which demonstrate the full range of Bach's musical palette. This title was released for the first time in 1996.