Helmut Koch

Biography

Born: April 5, 1908; Wuppertal, Germany   Died: January 26, 1975; Berlin, Germany  
Helmut Koch was a highly respected though somewhat lesser-known conductor who, probably unwisely, chose East Germany as the base of operations for most of his career. Still, as a conductor known largely for choral and operatic music, he flourished at home and in parts of Europe. He made numerous recordings in a broad range of repertory from Bach and Monteverdi to Schoenberg and Leo Spies. For all his seeming eclecticism, though, he favored Mozart Read more -- especially the operas and choral works -- and Handel, and worked with some of the leading singers of his time, including Peter Schreier, Theo Adam, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Gundula Janowitz, and many others. Koch also became widely known for his arrangements of German folk music. A large number of Koch's recordings have been reissued on the Berlin Classics label, including many strictly instrumental performances.

Helmut Koch was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on April 5, 1908. Though he was attracted to music as a child, his first aspirations were to become a sound engineer for recordings and radio broadcasts. While carrying on studies in this field he also took courses in music and conducting (1926-1928), and among his teachers were some of the finest young maestros of the day, including Hermann Scherchen and Fritz Lehmann.

In the 1930s Koch worked for several different radio and recording studios as a sound engineer, but he also conducted the Berlin Schubert Choir on the side. Like many European artists his career took wing in the aftermath of World War II. In 1945 he founded the Kammerorchester Berlin, an ensemble he would lead in countless performances and recordings until his death in 1975. In 1948 Koch founded the Berlin Radio Choir and soon was regularly making recordings. Among his first important efforts was the 1949 recording of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.

Among other significant early recordings was his Brahms Requiem (1958-1959) with Tomowa-Sintow and Günther Leib. In 1963 Koch was appointed director of the Berlin Singakademie, a position he held concurrently with his other two Berlin posts. In the 1960s and early '70s Koch made a number of important Mozart recordings, including the 1964 Mass in C minor (with Theo Adam), the 1965 Bastien und Bastienne, and the 1968 Der Schauspieldirektor (both with Peter Schreier). Koch also turn out acclaimed recordings of works by Haydn (The Creation), Bach (Brandenburg Concertos), Telemann and Vivaldi (various concertos), and scores of others. Read less

Biography

Born: April 5, 1908; Wuppertal, Germany   Died: January 26, 1975; Berlin, Germany  
Helmut Koch was a highly respected though somewhat lesser-known conductor who, probably unwisely, chose East Germany as the base of operations for most of his career. Still, as a conductor known largely for choral and operatic music, he flourished at home and in parts of Europe. He made numerous recordings in a broad range of repertory from Bach and Monteverdi to Schoenberg and Leo Spies. For all his seeming eclecticism, though, he favored Mozart Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Marcia villanesca
II. Menuet
III. Andante
IV. Menuet
V. Finale: Molto allegro
I. Overture
II. Die Verwirrung in den Stallen
III. Die Schlittenfahrt
IV. Das Schutteln der Pferde
V. Aufzug
VI. Festmusik
VII. Aufzug
VIII. Die Schlittenfahrt
IX. Das vor Kalte zitternde Frauenzimmer
X. Des Balles Anfang
XI. Der Kehraus
XII. Die Schlittenfahrt
Part I: Stimmt an die Saiten (Awake the harp)
Part I: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling the glory of God)
Part III: Singt dem Herren alle Stimmen (Sing the Lord, ye voices all!)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Introit: Requiem aeternam (Chorus) - Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Sequence No. 1: Dies Irae (Chorus)
Sequence No. 2: Tuba mirum (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sequence No. 3: Rex tremendae majestatis (Chorus)
Sequence No. 4: Recordare, Jesu pie (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sequence No. 5: Confutatis maledictis (Chorus)
Sequence No. 6: Lacrimosa dies illa (Chorus)
Offertory No. 1: Domine Jesu Christe (Chorus)
Offertory No. 2: Hostias et preces (Chorus)
Sanctus (Chorus)
Benedictus (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Kyrie
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis
Gloria: Qui tollis
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus
Sanctus: Benedictus
Scantus: Osanna
Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Toccata
Prologo: Dal mio Permesso amato a voi ne vengo (La Musica)
Act I: In questo lieto e fortunato giorno (Shepherd 1, Chorus, Nymph)
Act I: Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni, e la tua face ardente (Chorus)
Act I: Muse, onor di Parnaso, amor del Cielo (Ninfa)
Act I: Lasciate i monti (Chorus, Shepherd 2, Orfeo, Euridice, Shepherd 1)
Act I: Ritornello: Ma tu, gentil cantor, s'a tuoi lamenti (Shepherd, Orfeo)
Act I: Rosa del ciel, vita del mondo e degna (Orfeo)
Act I: Io non diro qual sia nel tuo gioir (Euridice)
Act I: Lasciate i monti, lasciate i fonti (Chorus)
Act I: Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni, e la tua face ardente (Chorus, Pastore)
Act I: Ma s'il nostro gioir dal ciel deriva (Pastore)
Act I: Ecco Orfeo, cui pur dianzi (Chorus)
Act II: Sinfonia
Act II: Ecco pur ch'a voi ritorno (Orfeo)
Act II: Mira, deh mira Orfeo, che d'ogni intorno (Pastore)
Act II: Vi ricorda, o boschi amorosi (Orfeo, Shepherd 1)
Act II: Ahi, caso acerbo! (Messenger, Shepherd 3, Shepherd 2, Orfeo)
Act II: In un fiorito prato con l'altre sue compagne (Messenger, Pastore)
Act II: Ahi caso acerbo, ahi Fat'empio e crudele (Chorus)
Act II: Ma io, ch'in questa lingua (Messenger)
Act II: Sinfonia
Act II: Chi ne consola, ahi lassi? (Shepherds 1 and 3, Chorus)
Act II: Ma dove, ah dove hor sono de la misera Ninfa (2 Shepherds)
Act II: Ahi, caso acerbo! ahi fat'empio e crudele (Chorus)
Act III: Sinfonia
Act III: Scorto da te, mio nume (Orfeo, Hope, Caronte)
Act III: Ecco l'atra palude, ecco il nochiero (Speranza, Orfeo)
Act III: Dove, ah dove te'n vai (Orfeo)
Act III: O tu, ch'innanzi mort'a queste rive (Caronte)
I. Overture
II. Adagio e staccato
III. Allegro -
III. Andante -
III. Allegro
IV. Tempo di Menuetto
V. Air
VI. Menuett
VII. Bouree
VIII. Hornpipe
IX. Allegro moderato
I. Andante
II. Alla Hornpipe
III. Coro
IV. Loure
V. Bouree
I. Overture
II. Bouree
III. La paix
IV. La rejouissance
V. Menuet I
VI. Menuet II
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Affettuoso
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non tanto
III. Allegro
Overture
Part I: Klagt, ihr gebeugten Kinder (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Wohl mogt ihr trauernd, Bruder, stehn (Israelite, First Israelitin)
Part I: Duet: Vor diesem Schlag der Schicksalsmacht (First Israelitin, Israelite)
Part I: Um Zion stimmt zum Klaglied ein (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Nicht eitel stromt die Flut des Grams (Simon)
Part I: Aria: Fromme Andacht, fromme Tran (First Israelitin)
Part I: O Vater, des allweise Macht (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Ich hor' der Gottheit Ruf in mir (Simon)
Part I: Aria: Auf, tapfre Schar! (Simon)
Part I: Wohlan, wohlan, wir stehn gereiht (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Habt Dank, o Freunde! (Judas)
Part I: Aria: Weck auf die Kraft, mein Herz, zur Schlacht (Judas)
Part I: Recitative: Vor Gottes macht'gem Thron gebeugt (First Israelitin)
Part I: Aria: O Freiheit du, du Lebenssonne (First Israelitin)
Part I: Aria: Komm, susse Freiheit (First Israelitin)
Part I: Aria: Die Freiheit nur (Israelite)
Part I: Duet: Komm, susse Freiheit (First Israelitin, Israelite)
Part I: Voran, o Held! (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: So sprach mein Vater (Judas)
Part I: Gefahren verachtend (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: O Ehrgeiz, wenn du Ruhm jemals erstrebt (Judas)
Part I: Aria: Nein, keine frevle Lust (Judas)
Part I: Recitative: Eilt nun, ihr Bruder (Judas)
Part I: Hor uns, o Herr (Chorus)
Part II: Fall ward sein Los (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Siegreicher Kriegsheld! (Israelite)
Part II: Aria: So rasch ist dein Siegflug (Israelite)
Part II: Recitative: Wohl geht uns nun der Freiheit Hoffnung auf (Israelite)
Part II: Duet and Chorus: Zion hebt ihr Haupt empor (First Israelitin, Israelite, Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: O kron' ein ew'ger Nachruhm deinen Namen (First Israelitin)
Part II: Aria: Er nahm den Raub der Konigsmacht (First Israelitin)
Part II: Duet: Heil, Heil, Judaa, selig Land! (First Israelitin, Israelite)
Part II: Heil, Heil, Judaa, selig Land! (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Dank meinen Brudern! (Judas)
Part II: Aria: Ein Tor der Mann, der strebt zur Schlacht (Judas)
Part II: Recitative: O Judas, o ihr Bruder! (Bote)
Part II: Aria: Du sinkst, ach, armes Israel (First Israelitin)
Part II: Du sinkst, ach, armes Israel (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: O fasset euch! (Simon)
Part II: Aria: Der Herr ist gewaltig (Simon)
Part II: Recitative: Mein Schwert! (Judas)
Part II: Aria and Chorus: Blast die Trompete! (Judas, Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Wohlan! Der Ausgang steht bei Gott (Simon)
Part II: Aria: Mit frommer Brust (Simon)
Part II: Recitative: Ihr Diener unsres Herrn (Israelite)
Part II: Aria: Falscher Weisheit Truggespinste (Israelite)
Part II: Duet: O nimmer, nimmer werft euch hin (First and Second Israelitin)
Part II: Nein, nimmer werfen wir uns hin (Chorus)
Part III: Aria: Vater des Alls! (Second Israelitin)
Part III: Recitative: Seht, seht, es flammt von dem Altar empor (Second Israelitin)
Part III: Recitative: Herr, fuhr uns nun zum Ziel des langen Leids (First Israelitin)
Part III: Aria: Dann tont der Laut' und Harfe Klang (First Israelitin)
Part III: Recitative: Von Kapharsalama ich komm' im Adlerflug (Bote)
Part III: Seht den Sieger ruhmgekront! (Chorus)
Part III: March
Part III: Singt unserm Gott (Soli, Chorus)
Part III: Recitative: Suss stromt das Lied in mein entzucktes Ohr (Judas)
Part III: Aria: Mit Ehre sei Verdienst gekront (Judas)
Part III: Recitative: Fried' uber Juda (Eupolemus)
Part III: Dem grossen Gott sei aller Preis (Chorus)
Part III: Recitative: Zur Erde kehrt die Dankbarkeit zuruck (First Israelitin)
Part III: Duet: O holder Friede, reich an Lust (First and Second Israelitin)
Part III: Aria: Frohlock, o Juda! (Simon)
Part III: Halleluja! Amen (Chorus)
Act I: Overture
Act I: Gavotte
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Behold! Auspicious flashes rise (Priest)
Act I Scene 1: Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative and Aria: Daughter, obey, Hear and obey! (Cadmus, Athamas)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Ah me, ah me! What refuge now is left me? - Aria: O Jove! In pity teach me which to choose (Semele)
Act I Scene 1: The morning lark to mine accords his note (Semele)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: See, she blushing turns her eyes (Athamas)
Act I Scene 1: Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare (Athamas)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Alas, she yields, and has undone me! (Ino, Athamas, Semele)
Act I Scene 1: Quartet: Why dost thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus, Ino, Athamas, Semele)
Act I Scene 1: Chorus: Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Again auspicious flashes rise (Cadmus)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores! (Athamas, Semele)
Act I Scene 1: Chorus: Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed (Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: O Athamas, what torture hast thou borne! (Athamas)
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eye (Ino)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: She weeps! (Athamas)
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamas)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Too well I see, Thou wilt not understand me (Ino, Athamas)
Act I Scene 2: Duet: You've undone me - With my life I would atone (Ino, Athamas)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ah, wretched prince, doom'd to disastrous love! (Cadmus, Athamas)
Act I Scene 3: Accompagnato: Wing'd with our fears and pious haste (Cadmus)
Act I Scene 4: See, see, Jove's Priests and holy Augurs come (Athamas, Ino, Cadmus)
Act I Scene 4: Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus)
Act I Scene 4: Aria and Chorus: Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele, Chorus)
Part I: Sinfonia
Part I: Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)
Part I: Aria: Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (Bass)
Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Counter-tenor)
Part I: And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)
Part I: Aria: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto)
Part I: Aria: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)
Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Bass)
Part I: For unto a child is born (Chorus)
Part I: Pifa
Part I: Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field (Soprano)
Part I: Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)
Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)
Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Alto)
Part I: Aria: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Alto, Soprano)
Part I: His yoke is easy, His burthen is light (Chorus)
Part II: Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)
Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto)
Part II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Chorus)
Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)
Part III: Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written (Counter-tenor)
Part III: Duet: O Death, where is thy sting (Counter-tenor, Tenor)
Part III: But thanks be to God (Chorus)
Part III: Aria: If God be for us, who can be against us? (Soprano)
Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)
Part III: Amen (Chorus)
I. Allegro
II. Menuett - Trio
III. Finale: Presto - Allegro
I. Marcia villanesca
II. Menuet
III. Andante
IV. Menuet
V. Finale: Molto allegro
I. Overture
II. Die Verwirrung in den Stallen
III. Die Schlittenfahrt
IV. Das Schutteln der Pferde
V. Aufzug
VI. Festmusik
VII. Aufzug
VIII. Die Schlittenfahrt
IX. Das vor Halte zitternde Frauenzimmer
X. Des Balles Anfang
XI. Der Kehraus
XII. Die Schlittenfahrt
I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Intrada
Aria: Mein liebster Freund hat mich verlassen (Bastienne)
Du fliehest von mir (Bastienne)
Aria: Ich geh' jetzt auf die Weide (Bastienne)
Colas' Auftritt
Aria: Befraget mich ein zartes Kind (Colas)
Guten Morgen, Herr Colas! (Bastienne, Colas)
Aria: Wenn mein Bastien einst im Scherze (Bastienne)
O, die Edelfrau vom Schlosse (Colas)
Aria: Wurd ich auch wie manche Buhlerinnen (Bastienne)
Gib dich zufrieden! (Colas, Bastienne)
Duet: Auf den Rat den ich gegeben (Colas, Bastienne)
Dieses Liebhaberpaar ist ein rechtes Wunderwerk (Colas)
Aria: Grossen Dank dir abzustatten (Bastien)
Es freut mich (Colas, Bastien)
Aria: Geh! Du sagst mir eine Fabel (Bastien)
Dass kann sein (Colas, Bastien)
Aria: Diggi, daggi (Colas)
Ist die Hexerei zu Ende? (Bastien, Colas)
Aria: Meiner Liebsten schone Wangen (Bastien)
Da ist sie ... Soll ich fliehen? (Bastien, Bastienne)
Aria: Er war mir sonst treu und ergeben (Bastienne)
Ich sehe schon, was dich verdriesst (Bastien, Bastienne)
Aria: Geh hin! Dein Trotz soll mich nicht schrecken (Bastien, Bastienne)
Ich dachte du warest schon uber alle Berge (Bastienne, Bastien)
Recitative and Aria: Dein Trotz vermehrt sich durch mein Leiden? (Bastien, Bastienne)
Sollte ich ein solcher Narr sein (Bastien, Bastienne)
Duet: Geh! Herz von Flandern! (Bastienne, Bastien)
Trio: Kinder! Seht, nach Strum und Regen (Colas, Bastienne, Bastien)
Lustig! Preist die Zaubereien (Colas, Bastien, Bastienne)


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