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Bach: Jauchzet Gott Bwv 51; Rosenmuller: Sacred Concerti, Etc / Ziesak, Friedrich, Berlin Baroque Compagney


Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Phoenix Edition   Catalog #: 102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Philipp KriegerGottfried FingerJan Dismas ZelenkaJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Ruth ZiesakReinhold Friedrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



JAUCHZET GOTT IN ALLEN LANDEN Ruth Ziesak (sop); 1 Reinhold Friedrich (tpt); 2 Berlin Baroque Co PHOENIX EDITION 102 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 61:01 Text, no Translation)


BACH Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. 1,2 KREIGER Sonata sesta. Read more class="COMPOSER12">ROSENMÜLLER Ad pugnas ad bella. O, felicissimus paradysi aspectus. 1,2 FINGER Trumpet Sonata in C. 2 ZELENKA Laudate pueri 1,2


It was probably in 1731 that Bach wrote his cantata for the 15th Sunday after Trinity, Praise God in All Lands . The orchestration of this brilliant work typifies that found on this recital—high, florid coloratura passagework marked by equally fluent and virtuosic trumpet passages, often in contrast with one another. Bach’s piece has proven to be one of the most exceptionally and irresistibly engaging pieces he ever composed, and its popularity has never waned. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christine Schäfer, Lucia Popp, Emma Kirkby, Kathleen Battle, and many others have taken this work to heart and given us wonderful readings. I am particularly fond of Julianne Baird with Rifkin and the old Maria Stader recording with Richter. But Ruth Ziesak has a fresh and energetic voice perfectly suited for this music, and her version must stand with the very best. I should note that she and Reinhold Friedrich recorded this work eight years ago on Capriccio (10583).


Johann Rosenmüller (1619–84) was known in his day for producing rigidly crafted works of the older Schütz style with the melodic ebb and flow of the newer Italian forms. His two sacred concertos combine a sense of heightened festivity that serves as a fine foil for his more sentimental moments where the words are given an expressive pungency and often-virtuoso character with much vocal coloration. Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Laudate pueri brings us to the pinnacle of the high Baroque, though the soprano’s slower moments hint at the emerging Classical textures to come, sacrificing any sort of overt luminosity for a more declamatory, text-oriented presentation. Nonetheless, the outer movements are a wild ride indeed, presenting no little difficulty for the singer or player.


There are two pieces here for instruments alone. Gottfried Finger (1660–1730) worked for Queen Anne in London composing mainly instrumental works for varied and sundry combinations. This Sonata in C is a trio sonata for trumpet, violin, and basso continuo. Color, brightness, and various tempos play a large part in this demanding composition, making many facets of playing the clarion (high trumpet) show themselves in a very exposed way. All of these pieces are a bear to manage on the trumpet, and we should not for one minute take the early period attempts of these works as an example of how badly they must have sounded in the good old days; learning the art of clarion-playing required apprenticeship in a guild for many years, and if the type of music that was written for them is any indication, the performers must have been quite accomplished. Such is the case with Friedrich here. His playing is superb, and even those few difficult parts that seem to escape by the skin of their teeth are only indicative of how difficult this music is to bring off successfully, then and now. Such proves the case when hearing Johann Phillip Krieger (1649–1725). His Sixth Sonata for violin, viola da gamba, and basso continuo is from a collection of 12 sonatas published in 1693. This fugal, deeply contrapuntal music fits the stringed instruments like a warm glove, ending with a whirlwind display of fingered dexterity rarely matched in the era.


This is a sparkling release with nicely spread SACD sound, guaranteed to perk up your spirits and grant an hour’s relaxation and some terrific singing. Who could ask for more?


FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata Sesta in A minor by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Trumpet in C major by Gottfried Finger
Performer:  Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Laudate pueri in D major, ZWV 81 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 1, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 3, Höchster, mache deine Güte by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 4, Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren, Gott, Vater, heiligem Geis by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Ad pugnas ad bella by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8.
O felicissimus paradysi aspectus by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 2, Wir beten zu dem Tempel an by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berliner Barock Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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