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Rosetti: Jesus In Gethsemane / Moesus, Kobow, Bauer, Sandhoff, Hierdeis, Et Al


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777254-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Ruth SandhoffJan KobowGabriele HierdeisThomas E. Bauer
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque OrchestraNorth German Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ROSETTI Jesus in Gethsemane. Hallelujah. Salve regina: Nos. 3–6 1 Johannes Moesus, cond; Gabriele Hierdeis (sop); 1 Ruth Sandhoff (mez); Jan Kobow (ten); Thomas Bauer (bar); North German R Ch; Mecklenburg Baroque O (period instruments) cpo 777 254 (2 CDs: 105:23 Text and Translation)


Pity the poor group of gifted composers who built careers in the shadow of Mozart Read more and Haydn. Clementi, Stamitz, Michael Haydn—and Antonio Rosetti—are but a few of those who might have left a bigger posthumous impression in a time with fewer giants. A Bohemian-born Anton Rösler somewhere around 1750, Rosetti spent most of his short career—he died at the age of 42—outside of the centers of culture. He was initially a virtuoso bass-player in the court orchestra of the Prince of Oettingen-Wallerstein in southwest Germany, where his skills as a composer and conductor were developed. A trip to Paris increased his fame, if not his fortune, and his symphonies, concertos and wind partitas were much admired. Contemporary English music historian Charles Burney considered him the equal of Mozart and Haydn, and while history—or fickle musical fashion—deemed it otherwise, the steady stream of recordings that have appeared in the past few years reveal a significant talent, innovative and melodically gifted. Under different circumstances, he would conceivably have earned a place in the pantheon.


In 1789, he gained release from the Prince to take a much more lucrative position in the Mecklenburg-Schwerin court at Ludwigslust in northern Germany. Its fine chorus and orchestra and a tradition of encouraging sacred music provided the impetus needed to produce large-scale choral compositions, including the two works recorded here. Though not the first such works for him—a 1776 Requiem for the wife of Prince Kraft Ernst was later performed in a Prague memorial concert for Mozart—these were the culmination of his art. They should have been the beginning of a mighty series of such works, but fate intervened. Rosetti was dead just seven months after Mozart.


Jesus of Gethsemane , a meditative passion-oratorio, and the Hallelujah , a cantata, are works in the tradition of German sacred choral music, presented in a distinctive voice. The four settings of the Salve regina are earlier works that show individuality emerging—the style more Italianate than the later works—and demonstrate his skill at writing gracefully for the voice. In all these works, Rosetti shared with Mozart and Haydn an economy of means, an unerring sense of proportion, a gift for appealing melody, and an ingenious use of counterpoint. In the larger works, one can hear, as well, some familiarity with J. S. Bach in parts of the chorales. One can even hear the beginnings of a Romantic sensibility in the rich and forward-looking harmonic language. In the end, anyone who cares for the works of these better known composers will want to know Rosetti’s, not because his compositions sound like theirs, but because he belongs in their company.


The solo parts of the two choral works were written for the accomplished soloists available to the Mecklenburg-Schwerin court. The soprano in particular has virtuosic music in each work. The soloists here are all younger, fresh-voiced singers whose pointing of the text is no doubt aided by their experience as Lieder singers. Soprano Hierdeis gives a spirited and expressive account of the music, though she lurches at a few high notes and is occasionally tentative in the coloratura. The other three soloists—less rigorously tested by the solo turns assigned to them—are entirely agreeable. Conductor Johannes Moesus has been a missionary for this composer’s music for some years, recording a number of symphonies and concertos for the MDG and Tacet labels before turning to cpo. The hometown band plays period instruments in engaging style. This recording is, in toto , a joy.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Jesus in Gethsemane, G 2 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gabriele Hierdeis (Soprano),
Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Ludwigslust, Germany 
Length: 49 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Hallelujah, G 7 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gabriele Hierdeis (Soprano),
Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Ludwigslust, Germany 
Length: 38 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Salve Regina no 3, F 86 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gabriele Hierdeis (Soprano),
Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Ludwigslust, Germany 
4.
Salve Regina no 4, F 87 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone), Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano), Jan Kobow (Tenor),
Gabriele Hierdeis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Ludwigslust, Germany 
5.
Salve Regina no 5, F 88 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gabriele Hierdeis (Soprano),
Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Ludwigslust, Germany 
6.
Salve Regina no 6, F 89 by Antonio Rosetti
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gabriele Hierdeis (Soprano), Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone),
Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mecklenburg Baroque Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Ludwigslust, Germany 

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