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Hassler: Motets & Organ Works / Böcker, Cordes, Et Al


Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999723   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Harry Van BerneMatthias SprinzBarbara HofmannElfriede Stahmer,   ... 
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lovers of high-Renaissance polyphony will find much to enjoy with this new CPO release of works by the German composer Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612). Like his contemporary and friend Giovanni Gabrieli, Hassler's advanced use of polychoral techniques (which would acheive ultimate fruition in the settings of Heinrich Schütz) earned him great fame and recognition in his day. While it's unlikely that Hassler ever heard his music performed in a program like this, one that intersperses various combinations of solo, instrumental, and choral works, the performances nevertheless provide a fascinating musical glimpse into the work of this rarely recorded master.

The opening Cantate Domino, scored for three four-part instrumental and
Read more vocal choirs, is one of the most ambitious works offered. While certainly stylistically indebted to Gabrieli, the lighter textures of the vocal ensembles recall Orlando di Lasso and later Praetorius. Director Manfred Cordes articulates his forces to great effect, striking a wonderful balance between vocal and instrumental interplay and simultaneous delineation. Imagine Gabrieli for the chapel instead of the cathedral and you'll get an idea.

Equally intimate yet sumptuous is Hassler's Canzon duodecimi toni, scored for two four-part instrumental choirs. Again, comparisons with Gabrieli are inevitable, enough so that I imagine most listeners would believe this piece to be composed by the Italian master if not told otherwise--it's that good. And the same could be said of nearly every other composition included in this very generous 70-plus-minute program. To my knowledge, all but one of the works here receive their premiere recordings; the exception is the Ad Dominum which Philippe Herreweghe and the Ensemble Vocal Européen de la Chapelle Royale previously recorded on a long-deleted Harmonia Mundi issue (901401). As usual with CPO, the overall presentation is stunning, the notes are informative, and the sound is exemplary. More please!
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cantate Dominio canticum novum by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Harry Van Berne (Tenor), Matthias Sprinz (Trombone), Barbara Hofmann (Viola da gamba),
Elfriede Stahmer (Violin), Birigit Bahr (Dulcian), Bernd Schleyer (Zink),
Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Harry Geraerts (Tenor), Clementine Jasdinsky (Soprano),
Christine Moran (Violin), William Dongois (Zink), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone),
Jörg Jacobi (Organ), Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Susanne Rydén (Soprano),
Yuji Fujimoto (Trombone)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Augsburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Si bona suscepimus by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Yuji Fujimoto (Trombone), Matthias Sprinz (Trombone), Barbara Hofmann (Viola da gamba),
Christine Moran (Violin), Elfriede Stahmer (Violin), Harry Van Berne (Tenor),
Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Jörg Jacobi (Organ), Birigit Bahr (Dulcian),
Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Harry Van Berne (Tenor), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass),
Martin Böcker (Organ), Ralf Popken (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Domine Dominus noster à 5 by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Harry Van Berne (Tenor),
Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone), Harry Geraerts (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1591; Augsburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Ad Dominum by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Ralf Popken (Countertenor),
Harry Geraerts (Tenor), Harry Van Berne (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Veni sancte spiritus by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Harry Geraerts (Tenor), William Dongois (Zink), Jörg Jacobi (Organ)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1601; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Gratias agimus tibi by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Matthias Sprinz (Trombone), Yuji Fujimoto (Trombone), Birigit Bahr (Dulcian),
Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone), Harry Geraerts (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1601; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Quem in coelo by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Elfriede Stahmer (Violin), Christine Moran (Violin), Barbara Hofmann (Viola da gamba),
William Dongois (Zink), Jörg Jacobi (Organ), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1591; Augsburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Canzon Duodecmi Toni à 8 by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  William Dongois (Zink), Yuji Fujimoto (Trombone), Matthias Sprinz (Trombone),
Barbara Hofmann (Viola da gamba), Christine Moran (Violin), Birigit Bahr (Dulcian),
Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone), Elfriede Stahmer (Violin), Bernd Schleyer (Zink)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
Duo Seraphim à 16 by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Jörg Jacobi (Organ), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone), Birigit Bahr (Dulcian),
Yuji Fujimoto (Trombone), Matthias Sprinz (Trombone), Bernd Schleyer (Zink),
William Dongois (Zink), Barbara Hofmann (Viola da gamba), Christine Moran (Violin),
Elfriede Stahmer (Violin), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Harry Geraerts (Tenor),
Harry Van Berne (Tenor), Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Susanne Rydén (Soprano),
Clementine Jasdinsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Augsburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Domine Dominus noster by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Matthias Sprinz (Trombone), Bernd Schleyer (Zink), William Dongois (Zink),
Barbara Hofmann (Viola da gamba), Christine Moran (Violin), Elfriede Stahmer (Violin),
Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Harry Geraerts (Tenor), Harry Van Berne (Tenor),
Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Clementine Jasdinsky (Soprano), Susanne Rydén (Soprano),
Yuji Fujimoto (Trombone), Birigit Bahr (Dulcian), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Chitarrone),
Jörg Jacobi (Organ)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Exultate Deo by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Clementine Jasdinsky (Soprano), Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Susanne Rydén (Soprano),
Harry Van Berne (Tenor), Jörg Jacobi (Organ), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1601; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Toccata for Organ in F major by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Martin Böcker (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Toccata for Organ in G minor by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Martin Böcker (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15.
Ricercar for Organ ex a by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Martin Böcker (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16.
Canzone for Organ ex g "is guett" by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Martin Böcker (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Sts. Cosmae & Damiani's Church, Stade 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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