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Die Helle Sonn Leuchtet: Deutsche Kirchenlieder (German Hymns)

Stimmwerck
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777792   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kaspar UlenbergNikolaus DeciusTraditionalMichael Praetorius,   ... 
Performer:  Arno PaduchMichael EberthArno Jochem De La RoseeChristoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DIE HELLE SONN LEUCHTET: Deutsche Kirchenlieder Stimmwerck CPO 7777922 (66:11)


As the disc title states, this is a collection of German hymn-tunes from the 15th to 17th centuries, a few very familiar but most now quite obscure. While most of the pieces included here are (as one would expect) examples of Protestant hymnody, a few selections from the Catholic Counter-Reformation are featured as well. In many cases, the melodies and their harmonizations are by two different composers, who likewise run the gamut from thrice-famous to utterly Read more unknown. Authors of the melodies include Nicolaus Decius [Nikolaus von Hofe] (c. 1485–after 1546), Johannes Eccard (1553–1611), Hans Leo Haßler (1564–1612), Heinrich Isaac (c. 1450–1517), Martin Luther (1483–1546), Philipp Nicolai (1556–1608), Michael Praetorius (1572–1621), Johann Hermann Schein (1586–1630), Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672), Caspar Ulenberg (1549–1617), Melchior Vulpius (c. 1570–1615), and the incredibly prolific “Anon.” Creators of the harmonizatons include Arnold von Bruck (c. 1500–1554), Joachim Burmeister (c. 1566–1629), Sethus Calvisius [Setho Calviso or Seth Kalwitz] (1556–1615), Eustache du Caurroy (1549–1609), Johann Crüger (1598–1662), Marcus Gerrariurius [or Gerriurius] (fl. after 1628), Conrad Hagius [Konrad von Hagen] (c. 1550–1616), Johannes Jeep (1581/82–1644), Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck (1562–1621), Johann Walter (1496–1570), plus Eccard, Praetorius, Schein, Schütz, Vulpius, and Anon. from the previous list.


This disc differs from the norm of other such anthologies in two ways. First, the hymns are sung not by a choir but by a male quartet, consisting of countertenor Franz Vitzthum, tenors Klaus Wenk and Gerhard Hölzle, and bass Marcus Schmidl. Second, the singers are variously accompanied not just by an organ (played by Michael Eberth), but by assorted combinations of various Renaissance instruments (Arno Paduch on cornett, Arno Jochem de La Rosée on alto and bass da gambas, Ann Fahrni on bass da gamba, and Christoph Eglhuber on lute).


Back in 34:5 I reviewed a fine recording by this ensemble of music by Leonhard Paminger. Founded in Munich in 2001, Stimmwerck dedicates itself to the rediscovery and performance of works from the German Renaissance and early Reformation periods. If at times I found myself hankering after the richer sound of a full choir, that is no criticism of these excellent performances, rendered by both the singers and instrumentalists with transparency, elegance, refinement, sensitivity, delicacy, and imagination. It says a great deal that I was particularly taken with the solo appearances of Franz Vitzthum, since apart from Andreas Scholl countertenors are not a breed of vocalists I much fancy; but the crystalline purity, sweetness, and lightness of his voice, devoid of any insipid whining quality or hootiness, won me over immediately. Being congregational hymn-tunes, these are not virtuoso display pieces, but rather good sturdy ones of affecting simplicity. CPO provides recorded sound of ideal warmth and clarity, plus detailed booklet notes regarding recent scholarship on early German hymnody and complete German-English texts. If, like me, you enjoy this repertoire, then you will make this disc a priority acquisition; highly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Hebt ewer heupt ihr pforten all, hymn for chorus (attrib.) by Kaspar Ulenberg
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Lamb of God, Most Holy by Nikolaus Decius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Christe, du Lamm Gottes by Traditional
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, hymn for chorus by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol), Michael Eberth (Organ),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Christ ist erstanden by Anonymous
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Christi ist erstanden by Johannes Eccard
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8.
Christ is the King, O friends rejoice! (tune Gelobt sei Gott) by Melchior Vulpius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
9.
Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott by Anonymous
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
All Glory Be to God on High by Nikolaus Decius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11.
Mit Ernst, o Menschenkinder by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1608 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by Philipp Nicolai
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Es kommt ein Schiff geladen, carol (German) by Traditional
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Philipp Nicolai
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15.
Ich steh an deiner krippen hier by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
Wohl dene, die da leben, for chorus & continuo, SWV 217-224 (Op. 5/84, Op. 14/121-128) by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Mein Hirt ist Got der Herr, hymn for chorus (attrib.) by Kaspar Ulenberg
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
18.
Christus der ist mein Leben, hymn for chorus by Melchior Vulpius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19.
Mitten wir im Leben sind by Martin Luther
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
20.
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir by Martin Luther
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
21.
Hinunter ist der Sonnen Schein by Melchior Vulpius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
22.
Die helle Sonn leucht jetzt herfür by Melchior Vulpius
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
23.
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, song for 4 voices (=Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen) by Isaac Albéniz
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
24.
Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt, hymn for 5 voices (& continuo) (Cantional...) by Johann Hermann Schein
Performer:  Arno Paduch (Cornet), Michael Eberth (Organ), Arno Jochem De La Rosee (Viol),
Christoph [Renaissance Guitar] Eglhuber (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Dominikanerkirche Adlersberg (b. Regensb 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Mir nach, spricht Christus, unser Held: (Tune: Machs mit mir, Gott)
Hebt ewer heupt ihr pforten all (arr. K. Hagius for vocal ensemble): Hebt ewer heupt ihr pforten all
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (arr. S. Calvisius and J. Jeep for vocal ensemble): O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (arr. S. Calvisius for vocal ensemble)
Christe, du lamm gottes: [Agnus Dei, Bugenhagen 1528]
Musae Sioniae, Vol. 3: No. 13. Christe, du lamm gottes
O haupt voll blut und wunden (arr. J. Cruger for vocal ensemble): O haupt voll blut und wunden
Musae Sioniae, Vol. 5: No. 120. Christ ist erstanden
Christ ist erstanden
Gelobt sei Gott im hochsten Thron
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr
Mit Ernst, o Menschenkinder: (arr. E. du Caurroy for vocal ensemble)
Polyhymnia caduceatrix et panegyrica: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Es kompt ein Schiff geladen
Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern
Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier (arr. J. Eccard for vocal ensemble): Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
Psalmen Davids, hiebevorn in teutzsche Reimen gebracht, Op. 5, SWV 97–256: Wohl denen, die da leben, SWV 217
Mein Hirt is Got der Herr (arr. K. Hagius for vocal ensemble): Mein Hirt is Got der Herr
Christus, der ist mein Leben
Newe deudsche geistliche Gesenge: No. 91. Mitten wir im Leben sind
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (arr. M. Praetorius for vocal ensemble)
Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein
Die helle Sonn leucht jetzt herfur

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