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Kantate / Andreas Scholl, Concerto Di Viole, Basel Consort


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501651   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Philipp Heinrich ErlebachFranz TunderGiovanni RovettaJohann Christoph Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Karl-Ernst SchröderPablo ValettiFriederike HeumannBrigitte Gasser,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole BaselBasel Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most satisfying of Andreas Scholl’s previous solo recitals is of secular German baroque songs (Harmonia Mundi, 5/95). More than the many other discs which have followed it, the programme provided a forum for expressive variety. This new release is something of a companion volume, one of German sacred arias and cantatas, belonging to the same period, and revealing the opposite side of a coin.

Expressively versatile though Scholl unquestionably can be, it is perhaps in the sphere of elegy and plaint that his art can be heard to strongest advantage. Two pieces of outstanding merit fall into this category and are sung here with tonal beauty, stylistic assurance and expressive puissance. One of them is Johann Christoph
Read more Bach’s lament Ach, das ich Wassers g’nug hatte. This member of the family worked during the second half of the seventeenth century and was greatly admired by J. S. Bach, who described him as “profound”. The lament, in da capo form, is scored for countertenor, violin, three violas da gamba, cello and organ. The other is the much better-known strophic “Klag-Lied” from the longer Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt by Buxtehude, written in memory of his father who had died early in 1674. Scholl does great justice to each of these intimate pieces, attending as much to the spirit and utterance of the texts as to the sorrowful and at times searing inflexions of the music.

These performances alone would be sufficient enticement to acquire the disc but, happily, there is much else in the programme to touch our sensibilities. Schutz is well represented with three tenderly expressive pieces, two of them from the Kleiner geistlichen Concerten and a third from the Symphoniae sacrae (1647); and Franz Tunder by a declamatory and rhythmically graceful setting of a verse of the hymn Herzlich lieb hab ich dir, o Herr. This piece is one of two whose composers have been wrongly exchanged on the track listing: the other is Salve mi Jesu which, though preserved in a Tunder manuscript, is probably the work of the Venetian, Giovanni Rovetta.

Sensibly, the order of events is punctuated by two works for instrumental ensemble, one of them by Ignazio Albertini, the other by Legrenzi whose position in the history of recording seems still to be that of occasional stand-in. He deserves better, and doubtless will come into his own one of these days. The playing of the two groups, Concerto di Viole and the Basle Consort, is accomplished and refined, both in ensemble and tuning, providing sensitive support in the vocal pieces and affecting insights to the instrumental ones.... This is strongly recommended.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [12/1998, reviewing the original release]
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Works on This Recording

1. Wer sich dem Himmel übergeben by Philipp Heinrich Erlebach
Performer:  Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba), Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Markus Märkl (Positive)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Salve mi Jesu by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Pablo Valetti (Violin), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Jochem de la Rosée (Violone), Jochem de la Rosée (Bass Viola da gamba),
Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Markus Märkl (Positive),
Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba), Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba), Brian Franklin (Bass Viola da gamba),
Brian Franklin (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Ach, Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein by Giovanni Rovetta
Performer:  Brian Franklin (Treble Vla da gamba), Brian Franklin (Bass Viola da gamba), Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba),
Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Markus Märkl (Positive), Jochem de la Rosée (Violone), Jochem de la Rosée (Bass Viola da gamba),
Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba), Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Pablo Valetti (Violin), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Jochem de la Rosée (Violone), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Jochem de la Rosée (Bass Viola da gamba),
Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Markus Märkl (Positive),
Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba), Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba), Brian Franklin (Bass Viola da gamba),
Brian Franklin (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5. Sonate (16), Op. 11 "La cetra": no 5 by Giovanni Legrenzi
Performer:  Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Jochem de la Rosée (Bass Viola da gamba), Jochem de la Rosée (Violone), Markus Märkl (Positive),
Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba), Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba),
Brian Franklin (Bass Viola da gamba), Brian Franklin (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1673; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: no 2, Klagelied by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Markus Märkl (Positive), Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba),
Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 10: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, SWV 348 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Markus Märkl (Positive), Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute), Pablo Valetti (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1647; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8. Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Brigitte Gasser (Bass Viola da gamba), Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba),
Markus Märkl (Positive)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1672; Lübeck, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9. Sonata (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo in C minor: no 4 by Ignazio Albertini
Performer:  Jochem de la Rosée (Violone), Friederike Heumann (Alto Viola da gamba), Markus Märkl (Positive),
Friederike Heumann (Bass Viola da gamba), Jochem de la Rosée (Bass Viola da gamba), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
10. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: O Jesu, nomen, SWV 308 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Jochem de la Rosée (Bass Viola da gamba), Markus Märkl (Positive), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo), Jochem de la Rosée (Violone),
Pablo Valetti (Violin), Stephanie Pfister (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
11. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: Was hast du verwirket, SWV 307 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Markus Märkl (Positive), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Karl-Ernst Schröder (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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Salve mi Jesu (Tunder)

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