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Mattheson: Der Liebreiche Und Geduldige David / Willens, Hilz, Kennedy


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777360   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Mattheson
Performer:  Nicki KennedyChristian HilzUrsula EittingerMax Ciolek,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MATTHESON The Loving and Patient David Michael Alexander Willens, cond; Christian Hilz ( David ); Nicki Kennedy ( Meditatio ); Ursula Eittinger ( Simei/Chusi ); Max Ciolek ( Ithai ); Raimonds Spogis ( Abisai ); Cologne Academy & Ch (period instruments) Read more class="ARIAL12"> cpo 777 360 (60:50 Text and Translation)


Until very recently, it has been difficult to make any reasonable assessment of the compositions of Johann Mattheson. His importance as a writer on music has been long acknowledged because of the more than a dozen major publications and many smaller ones in which he discusses almost every aspect of the music of his time. Mattheson had left his musical compositions to the Hamburg city library, and it was believed that most had been destroyed during World War II. However, it was recently discovered that the manuscripts had been moved to Armenia in 1945. They were returned to Hamburg in 1998.


In 1715, Mattheson became music director of the Hamburger Dom (Cathedral), a post that he held until increasing deafness forced him to resign in 1728. As part of his duties, he composed music for the major church festivals, including 24 oratorios. Among the rediscovered manuscripts is the oratorio heard here, Der liebreiche und geduldige David . It deals with Absalom’s revolt against his father David, King of Israel. The oratorio shares elements with the operas Mattheson, Kaiser, and other composers wrote for the Hamburg opera. It tells a dramatic story in a series of recitatives and arias, with an occasional chorus. One major difference between the two is the form of the arias. The oratorio eschews the da capo aria; only three arias are in this form. The oratorio also introduces allegorical characters (Meditatio, the Christian Community) alongside the human ones (David, Simei, Chusi, Abisai, Ithai, David’s soldiers). Mattheson’s style is essentially melodic, in general avoiding long melismatic passages and striving for simplicity and folk-like elements.


The performance is generally good, while failing to scale the heights. The best singing comes from Nicki Kennedy as Meditatio. She has a lovely voice, backed by good technique. I recently praised her singing in a recording of Handel’s English cantatas, and she continues to impress here. The other singers, although they have the technique to sing their roles, are not on her level. The small chorus (only eight voices) and orchestra are good. Michael Alexander Willens leads a reasonably paced performance. But I doubt if the constantly shifting instrumentation of the continuo accompaniment is historically accurate.


The rediscovered manuscripts of Mattheson’s compositions will make possible at last an evaluation of his work as a composer. Based on the music of this oratorio, he deserves a much higher place than he has been given hitherto. This recording should please all lovers of Baroque vocal music.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

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Der liebreiche und geduldige David by Johann Mattheson
Performer:  Nicki Kennedy (Soprano), Christian Hilz (Baritone), Ursula Eittinger (Mezzo Soprano),
Max Ciolek (Tenor), Raimonds Spogis (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 53 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Michael Morawetz.
Audio Producers: Burkhard Schmilgun; Christiane Lehnigk. 

Sound Samples

Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Sonata
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Auf, auf, zur Flucht (Chorus)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Duet: Erfolget kein Donner? (Meditato, David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Recitative: Nein, solcher Unsohn (Meditatio, David, Chorus)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: Gott ist ein heiligs Wesen (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Obligato: Gar recht! Der Spruch ist nicht zu hintertreiben (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: Heldenkonig, deine Schmerzen (Ithai)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Recitative: Kerh um, o Freund (David, Ithai, Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: Der Herr nur ist ein Schild fur mich (David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Arioso: Du magst sterben, du magst leben (Ithai)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: Der Loder der Tugend (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Recitative: Da ziehen solche Seel=Gefahrten (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Spiegelt euch an unsern Thranen (Chorus of the Fleeing Israelites)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Recitative: Mehr als zu wahr! (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: Spiegelt euch nur an euch selber (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: So geht es dir Bluthund (Simei)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Recitative: O Schaum von allen Spottern! (Ithai, David, Abisai)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Aria: Lass ihn fluchen, lass ihn werrfen (David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Recitative: Wo nimmst du Held, dergleichen Liebe her? (Meditatio, David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part I: Lass uns in deiner Liebe (Chorale of the Christian Community)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Aria: O seele Sund! (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Ihr Helden auf zur Schlacht (Chorus)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Act II: Recitative: So werd' ich euch ihr Freunde (David, Abissai)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Act II: Duet: Gott ist es der fur alle Menschen wacht (Ithai, Abissai)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Recitative: Befehle du und hilff uns nur ins Feld (Ithai, David, Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Aria: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (All)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Obligato: Mein Herz schlagt (David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Aria: Zappelnd in gar wilden Wellen (David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Recitative: Ach Gott! Wie komt ein dir gelassnes Kind (Meditatio, David, Chusi)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Aria: Ach Absalom! Mein Sohn! (David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Recitative and Arioso: Du heisst gestrafft (David)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Accompagnato: Nun bin ich vollig uberzeught (Meditatio)
Der liebreiche und gedultige David: Part II: Zwingt die Saiten in Cythara (Chorale of the Christian Community)

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