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Mein Herz Ist Bereit / Peter Kooij, Cordarte

Bruhns / Kooj
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10211   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousHeinrich Ignaz BiberNicolaus BruhnsDietrich Buxtehude,   ... 
Performer:  Peter Kooy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MEIN HERZ IST BEREIT: German Solo Cantatas for Bass, Violin, and Basso Continuo from the 17th Century Peter Kooij (bs); CordArte (period instruments) PANCLASSICS 10211 (75: 57 Text and Translation)

ANON. Gamba Sonata in d. BIBER Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum. BRUHNS Mein Herz ist bereit. Read more class="COMPOSER12">BUXTEHUDE Sonata in a, BuxWv 272. J. KRIEGER Musicalische Partien: Harpsichord Fantasia in C. J. P. KRIEGER Sonata in C , op. 2/1. PACHELBEL Ach Herr, wie ist meiner Feinde so viel. ROSENMÜLLER Lauda Jerusalem. SCHMELZER Duodema selectarum sonatorum: Sonata IX in a. TUNDER Canzona for organ; Salve coelestis pater

The German Baroque cantata is not music I am typically attracted to, even from the pen of its greatest exponent, J. S. Bach. Thus, when the editor sent this recording to me, I wondered if he were trying to expand my horizons or perhaps had made a mistake. But I decided to listen before deciding whether I would attempt to review it or return it for reassignment.

In the end, I was entirely captivated by the works on this disc. The music shows the influence of Italian music on German composers of the 17th century. The five cantatas, interspersed with instrumental works, by a representative sampling of composers from different areas of Germany and Austria, are unfailingly melodic and attractive. Some of the composers are familiar to me from recordings of their instrumental music, but I was making the acquaintance of several of them for the first time on this disc. The notes to this recording state that a violinist was generally available to organists entrusted with church music, and this accounts for the availability of works such as those presented here.

The performances are excellent. Peter Kooij is well represented in the catalog from his recordings of Bach cantatas, among other works. I was previously acquainted with his very good portrayal of Hercules on Naxos’s recording of that Handel oratorio. CordArte, consisting of violin, viola da gamba, and keyboard (organ and harpsichord), is another of the many talented period-instrument groups currently before the public.

This disc surprised me. It contains attractive music beautifully performed.

FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Viola da Gamba in D minor by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Nisi Dominus by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Mein Herz Ist Bereit, sacred concerto for voice, violin & continuo by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Period: Baroque 
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in A minor, BuxWV 272 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Sonatas (12) for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 1 in C major by Johann Philipp Krieger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Ach Herr, wie ist meiner Feinde so viel by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Lauda Jerusalem by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Duodena selectarum sonatarum: Sonata no 9 à 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
Salve coelestis pater by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Canzona for Organ in G major by Franz Tunder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 

Sound Samples

Mein Herz ist bereit
Sonata in A minor, BuxWV 272
Canzona in G major
Salve coelestis pater
Sonata No. 9 in A minor
Ach Herr, wie ist meiner Feinde so viel
Viola da Gamba Sonata in D minor
Lauda Jerusalem
Fantasia in C major
Violin Sonata No. 1 in C major
Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum

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