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Ruth Ziesak Sings Sacred Arias


Release Date: 01/01/2005 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 67125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christian GeistDietrich BuxtehudeSamuel EbartJohann Vierdanck,   ... 
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ruth Ziesak continues her excellent series of recordings with one that, once more, shows off her strengths in baroque works; here, specifically, German cantatas. Nearly all the composers were active in the North of the country or in the areas bordering the Baltic Sea; several travelled - Baltzar made a famous splash in London, astounding most listeners with his violin virtuosity - though none were court composers with the partial exception of Baltzar who became a member of Charles II’s band.

Much here is influenced by prevailing Italianate currents and orthodoxies. Geist’s very attractive Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel for example has a cantus firmus that adds gravity and the grandeur of inevitability though the vocal line
Read more is very Italian in its flourish and declamation. Interspersed we have Buxtehude’s Sonata in B flat major, a lively, strongly etched work that offers contrapuntal drive and a more relaxed lyricism as well. Reincken’s Suite is a most attractive sonata di chiesa. Ebart’s Miserere, Christe, mei is multi-sectional, attractively scaled and has a real purity about it – but also powers in projection, not least in the concluding Amen. Tunder’s Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein exemplifies this sense of lyricism and alternating gravity, one that pervades the disc, and one realised so well by Ziesak. And Bernhard’s Aus der Tiefe rufe ich zu dir shows the influence of Monteverdi in its melismas and fluid vocal virtuosity. Baltzar is rightly represented by a solo violin work, his Airs (the title given by Capriccio – isn’t this one of the pieces grouped together in The Division Violin and published by Playford after the composer’s death?) Those expecting proto-Paganinian or at least Biber-esque fireworks should be warned that this is a much more temperate work – expressive, melancholy and technically eloquent. I’m assuming it’s played here by Georg Kallweit of the excellent Berliner Barock-Compagney. We started with Geist, a noble representative of the North German school and we end with his Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, a splendidly conceived work over a cantus firmus, something of a feature of these works.

The booklet has translations into English and French and some biographical details. Recorded sound is clear.

Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel by Christian Geist
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in B flat major, Op. 1 no 4/BuxWV 255 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 
3. Miserere, Christe, mei by Samuel Ebart
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
4. Passemezzo e la sua Gagliarda by Johann Vierdanck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Written: pub 1641 
5. Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
6. Hortus musicus: Partita No. 6 in A by Johann Adam Reincken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Written: pub 1687 
7. Aus der Tiefe by Christoph Bernhard
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
Period: Baroque 
8. Airs for solo violin: Praeludium by Thomas Baltzar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
9. Airs for solo violin: Allemande by Thomas Baltzar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
10. Airs for solo violin: Sarabande by Thomas Baltzar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
11. Airs for solo violin: Courante by Thomas Baltzar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
12. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Christian Geist
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney

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