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Festive Hanseatic Music - Lassus, Obrecht, Et Al / Cordes


Release Date: 01/01/2002 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999782   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Julius Johann WeilandJulius Ernst RautensteinHeinrich AlbertAndreas Hakenberger,   ... 
Performer:  Harry GeraertsDorothee MieldsGerd TürkSymen Van Mechelen,   ... 
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The term "Hanseatic" in this program titled Festive Hanseatic Music originates from the word Hansa, which simply means a company of merchants trading overseas. The selections here were mostly composed during the waning years of the so-called Hanseatic league--an alliance of primarily prosperous northern European cities that began in the 13th century and ended in the 17th. While commerce for the Hanseatic league may have been on the decline during this period, the quality of the works offered on this new CPO CD clearly gives the impression that its musical life was thriving.

While a few of the major composers of the time are represented (Weckmann, Obrecht, Orlando di Lasso and
Read more Clemens non Papa) the program is devoted mostly to the lesser known. For example, the opening selections are three sacred concerto excerpts by Julius Johannes Weiland, a composer new to me and otherwise not currently represented on CD. Though obviously indebted to Schutz, Weiland's lovely settings are similarly rich in polyphonic variety and instrumental texture. While Julius Ernst Rautenstein also was well known in his time, little of his prolific output remains today. What a shame! His represented work, Ich schlafe, aber mein Herz wachet, based on a text from the Song of Songs, combines expertly crafted instrumental subtlety with operatic duet writing worthy of Monteverdi. I especially enjoyed how tenor Harry Geraert's relentless calls "Tu mir auf, meine Freundin" (Open up to me, my lady!) eventually find little reprieve, rendered in the lusty solace of the final line "Ja, ja ich komme in meinen Garten" (Yes, yes, I'm coming into my garden).

Equally satisfying are the Canzoni by Dietrich Becker and a rare "T'Andernaken" by Flemish vocal master Jacob Obrecht, the only instrumental works represented. About five years ago I was fortunate enough to happen on another CPO CD devoted entirely to Becker (still available!), a charming collection of his Suites and Sonatas beautifully performed by Parnassi Musici--so these Canzoni are especially welcome. While these quiet gems again derive their original inspiration from Italian models, Becker's counter-melodies, particularly in the strings, owe more to northern folk dance than to the Venetian court in the south. Obrecht's arrangement of the popular Flemish folk song "T'Andernaken" is as inventive as it is unusual, a spirited tune that must have provided Hanseatic town pipers many opportunities to demonstrate their virtuosity. CPO's sound is exemplary, with the performers all sufficiently detailed yet never unnaturally highlighted. Also, the outstanding collective Weser-Renaissance Bremen and its director Manfred Cordes deliver peerless, expert performances. Heartily recommended, especially to adventurous Renaissance music enthusiasts who delight in discovering off-the-beaten-path treasures.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Laudate Dominum by Julius Johann Weiland
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Wolfenbüttel, German 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Veni Sancte Spiritus by Julius Johann Weiland
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1655; Wolfenbüttel, German 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Wohl dem, der ein tugendsam Weib hat by Julius Johann Weiland
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1655; Wolfenbüttel, German 
Date of Recording: 200 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Ich schlafe, aber mein Herz wachet by Julius Ernst Rautenstein
Performer:  Harry Geraerts (Tenor), Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1637; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Auf und springet, tanzt und singet by Heinrich Albert
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Beati omnes, qui timent Dominum à 12 by Andreas Hakenberger
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; Poland 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Omnis caro et foenum by Philipp Dulichius
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Da pacem Domine by Philipp Dulichius
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Surrexit Christus spes mea by Christoph Bernhard
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1664; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Musicalische Frühlings-Früchte: Canzon à 4/à 5 by Dietrich Becker
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1668; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
11.
Es erhub sich ein Streit by Matthias Weckmann
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Laudemus nunc Dominum by Jacob Obrecht
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Tandernaken by Jacob Obrecht
Performer:  Symen Van Mechelen (Trombone), William Dongois (Cornet), Cas Gevers (Trombone)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14.
Clio, chantons disertement by Andreas Pevernage
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; Antwerp, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
I know a lovely lady by Traditional
Performer:  Rein De Vries (Bass), Harry Van Berne (Tenor), Joost Van der Linden (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Dutch 
Notes: Arranged: Jacobus Clemens non Papa (by 1540) 
16.
Fortune, what have you devised by Traditional
Performer:  Rein De Vries (Bass), Joost Van der Linden (Tenor), Nele Gramss (Soprano)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Dutch 
Notes: Arranged: Jacobus Clemens non Papa (by 1540) 
17.
Pleurez Muses by Andreas Pevernage
Performer:  Harry Van Berne (Tenor), Rein De Vries (Bass), Detlef Bratschke (Alto),
Joost Van der Linden (Tenor), Nele Gramss (Soprano)
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1589; Antwerp, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
18.
Heroum soboles by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1556; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Radio Broadcast Studio, Bremen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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