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Schutz, Theile, Holborne, Tomkins, Etc / Kargl, Et Al


Release Date: 03/13/2007 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 361   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann TheileHeinrich SchützAnthony HolborneThomas Tomkins,   ... 
Performer:  Markus VolpertCornelia HorakJohannes ChumBernhard Hobiger
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private MusickeCappella Nova Graz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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SCHÜTZ Johannes-Passion. Die mit Tränen säen. Selig sind die Toten. Ich weisst dass mein Erlöser lebt. THEILE Matthäus-Passion & Otto Kargl, cond; Cappella Nova Graz; Private Musicke; Cornelia Horak (sop); Johannes Chum (ten); Markus Volpert (bs); Bernhard Hobiger (bs) ORF 361 (2 CDs: 139:17 Text and Translation)


& Read more class="ARIAL12">Music of HOLBORNE, TOMKINS, FERRABOSCO II, KUHNAU, HASSLER, J. CHRISTOPH BACH


This broad program has a Passion setting at the heart of each disc, filled out with selections that make it special. The Schütz Passion, just heard twice recently (30:4 and 30:5), is the centerpiece of one disc, surrounded by three of the finest motets from Geistliche Chormusik , which in turn are spaced out by English instrumental works. The last are not an obvious choice for this disc, but they do serve to provide relief (if such is needed) from the choral sound. The other Passion by Johann Theile (1646–1724) has been recorded before (8:3; CD in 9:6), but here it is 17 minutes longer, largely due to the insertion at appropriate places of three chorales by contemporaries of the composer. The coupling of the two discs can be justified by Theile’s relation to Schütz as pupil and the first appearance of his work just a decade after his teacher composed his own St. Matthew Passion . It is an advance in resources over the teacher’s work, though far less elaborate than Bach’s much later approach (the inserted chorales obscure that difference a bit). Yet the discs are not so tightly wedded that they could not have been issued separately.


The performances from the very non-Lutheran city of Graz are idiomatic. (Indeed, we are getting a complete set of Schütz from Italy, so the point is hardly worth making.) The vocal and instrumental ensembles are minimal, just right for Kargl’s thoughtful interpretations. Johannes Chum is the Evangelist in both Passions, very expressive without effort. The roles of Jesus are given to Hobiger in the Schütz setting and to Volpert in the Theile setting, equally adept. The smaller roles and the arias are handled well. Both discs were recorded within a month, so there is a perceived unity in the package. Given the overall excellence of the performances, the pair of discs can be a satisfying purchase.


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Works on This Recording

1. Saint Matthew Passion by Johann Theile
Performer:  Markus Volpert (Bass), Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Johannes Chum (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1673; Germany 
2. Saint John Passion, SWV 481 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Johannes Chum (Tenor), Bernhard Hobiger (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692-97; Germany 
3. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Die mit Tränen säen, SWV 378 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Language: German 
4. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Selig sind die Toten, SWV 391 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Language: German 
5. Image of Melancholy by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
6. Pavan a 5 in F minor by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7. Galliard à 5 by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1650; England 
8. Fantasia à 4 by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Conductor:  Otto Kärgl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Private Musicke,  Cappella Nova Graz
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 

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