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Fasch: Passio Jesu Christi / Térey-smith, Et Al


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570326   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Zoltán MegyesiMária ZádoriPéter Cser
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Savaria Baroque OrchestraSchola Cantorum Budapestiensis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FASCH Ouverture in d, FWV K:d5. Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1 1 Mary Térey-Smith, cond; Mária Zádori (sop); 1 Zoltán Megyesi (ten); 1 Péter Cser (bs); 1 Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis; 1 Capella Savaria Baroque O Read more NAXOS 8.570326 (71:24)


Since the turn of the 20th century, when musicologist Hugo Riemann drew attention to the long-neglected work of Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688–1758), the critical estimate of this Weimar-born composer has steadily grown. His prolific and original œuvre illustrates the stylistic evolution from the high Baroque to the classicism of Haydn and Mozart. More than 60 extant concertos attest to Fasch’s imaginative and resourceful instrumentation, especially remarkable in his writing for winds. Having languished so long in the shadow of Bach, Fasch now can be counted among Bach’s more interesting German contemporaries.


This fascinating new Naxos release pairs an orchestral suite or Ouverture with what may be the first recording of Fasch’s Passion setting ( Mich von Stricke meiner Sünden ) to a text by Brockes. They are presented in compelling and heartfelt performances by Hungarian ensembles and soloists under the direction of the conductor and musicologist Mary Térey-Smith. The sound of the Capella Savaria (an original-instruments ensemble established in 1981 in Szombathely, western Hungary) is unusually rich. Their stylish performance of the Ouverture, FWV K:d5 compares favorably with the justly praised recording by Paul Dombrecht and Il Fondamento (Fuga Libera 502).


Fasch’s Passio Jesu Christi survives in two divergent manuscript copies, one held at the Leipzig Städtische Bibliothek and the other at the University of Chicago. Both were consulted by Térey-Smith to prepare the performing edition recorded here. Less rigorously polyphonic than Bach’s Passions, the power of Fasch’s setting is achieved with smaller gestures and lighter textures. The beautifully blended and translucent sound of the Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis is gracefully supported throughout by Capella Savaria. The tessitura of the Daughter of Sion role lies a bit high for soprano Mária Zádori, whose upper register develops a piercing edge in some instances. On the other hand, the young tenor Zoltán Megyesi acquits himself brilliantly as the Evangelist. His agility in the challenging, quasi-Handelian “Verwegene Rotte, was fängest du an?” is exhilarating, while the tender simplicity he brings to “Brich, mein Herz, zerfliess in Tränen” (accompanied by pizzicato strings and continuo with traverso obbligato) is stunning. Térey-Smith’s fine ear for detail is everywhere evident, though never limiting the fluent pace and momentum of these beautiful scores.


This recording was made in Szombathely in October 2006. Balances are acute and the presence rich. Nigel Springthorpe provided the informative notes. Recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture in D minor by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1 "Brockes-Passion" by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Zoltán Megyesi (Tenor), Mária Zádori (Soprano), Péter Cser (Bass)
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis,  Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Length: 47 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5: II. Aria
Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5: III. Bourree
Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5: IV. Menuet
Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5: V. Aria: Largo
Overture (Suite) in D minor, FWV K:d5: VI. Aria: Un poco allegro
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Chorale: Mich vom Stricke meiner Sunder (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Recitative: Als Jesus nun zu Tische sasse (Evangelist, Jesus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Aria: Der Gott, dem alle Himmelskreise (Daughter of Zion)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Recitative: Und bald hernach nahm er den Kelch (Evangelist, Jesus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Aria: Gott selbst, der Brunnquell alles Guten (Daughter of Zion)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Chorale: Ach, wie hungert mein Gemute (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Recitative: Drauf sagten sie dem Hochsten Dank (Evangelist, Jesus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Aria: Mein Vater, schau, wie ich mich quale (Jesus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Recitative: Mich qualt der Sunder schwere Last (Jesus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Aria: Sunder, schaut mit Furcht und Zagen (Tenor)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Recitative: Die Pein vermehrte sich (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Aria: Brich, mein Herz, zerfliess in Tranen (Tenor)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part I: Chorale: Herr, lass dein bitter Leiden (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Chorale: Ein Lammlein geht und tragt die Schuld (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Und Jesus ward zum Palast Caiphas' (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Chorale: Falsche Zeugnis, Hohn und Spott (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Die Nacht war kaum vorbei (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Hat dies mein Heiland leiden mussen? (Daughter of Zion)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Aria: Meine Laster sind die Stricke (Daughter of Zion)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Wie nun Pilatus Jesum fragt (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Aria: Verwegene Rotte, was fangest du an? (Tenor)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Wie man ihm genug Verspottung (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Aria: Hier erstarrt mein Herz und Blut (Daughter of Zion)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Sobald er nun gekreuzigt war (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Chorale: O Menschenkind, nur deine Sund' (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Und um die neunte Stunde (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Chorale: Jesu gab man bittre Gall (Chorus)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Recitative: Hierauf rief Jesus laut mit ganzer Macht (Evangelist)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Aria: Ihr Augen weinet Blut (Tenor)
Passio Jesu Christi, FWV F:1, "Brockes-Passion": Part II: Chorale: Ich danke dir von Herzen (Chorus)

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