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Johann Steffens: Die Musik Und Ein Guter Wein

Steffens / Hamburger Ratsmusik
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777664   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



STEFFENS Madrigals and Balletti Simone Eckert, dir; Himlische Cantorey; Hamburger Ratsmusik CPO 777 664-2 (67:45 Text and Translation)


Johann Steffens (1560–1616) was born in Holstein, a Danish province now part of Germany. In 1595 he was appointed organist at St. John’s Church in Lüneburg after serving as temporary substitute there for a couple of years. His salary exceeded that of any of his predecessors, who included Georg Böhm. He was also active in providing Read more secular music for the town’s celebrations. The notes offer a detailed biography heavily footnoted with period sources.


Steffens’s name occurs in two of my miscellaneous collections, identified on one as Johann Stephani, but there are a fair number of other recordings that I don’t have. I’m not sure this is the first CD devoted entirely to his music, but it may well be. Seventeen tracks are brief vocal works; the other five are all titled “Paduana & Galliard,” one of them the longest track on the disc at over eight minutes. The vocal works are miniatures, only one coming even close to exceeding five minutes in length. This secular music was published posthumously by his son Heinrich, and a small amount of sacred music survives in manuscript, but more must have been lost. Simone Eckert plays viola da gamba with five other instrumentalists in the Ratsmusik, while five singers form the vocal ensemble, so she is too busy with a bow in her hand to be “conducting,” and this chamber ensemble needs no conductor anyway. The music is typical of the period, evoking the middle period of the Baroque era that was served by so many competent musicians whose reputations never made them famous. The latest Bielefelder Katalog lists only a few organ pieces, leaving us wondering what other church music his principal occupation might have led him to compose. This disc is a good sampling of the other music that he wrote. The singing and playing are skillful.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Paduana & Gaillard à 5 by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Laßt uns zusammen in Gottes Namen singen, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Musik von alters her ist geehrt, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Bei guten Wein traurig traurig zu sein, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Wer leben will ohn Schmerz, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Kann auch der Liebe Band, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
7.
Die Musik und ein guter Wein, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Paduana & Galliard No. 18 in A minor by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9.
Midas, der grobe Rustephil, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10.
Orpheus die Harfen schlug so fein, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Paduana & Galliard Nr. 2 in G minor by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12.
Wir armen Kartäuser, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Paduana & Galliard Nr. 14 in A minor by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Nun tret herbei ein jeder frei, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Mein Lust und Freud in Traurigkeit, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Im Maien hört man die Hahnen krähen, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
17.
Mit Lust tät ich spazieren, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18.
Der ander Teil: Der Kuckuck mit seinem Schalle, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
19.
Paduana & Galliard Nr. 12 in A minor by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20.
Der Kuckuck hat sich zu Tod gefalln, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
21.
Frisch fröhlich wolln wir singen, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
22.
Der Kuckuck auf dem Zaune saß, madrigal for voices & continuo by Johann Steffens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Eckernförde St. Nicolai 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Lasst uns zusammen in Gottes Namen singen
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Musik von alters her ist geehrt
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Bei guten wein traurig traurig zu sein
Paduana and Galliard No. 1
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Wer leben will ohne schmerz
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Kann auch der liebe band
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Die Musik und ein guter Wein
Paduana and Galliard No. 18
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Midas, der gobe Rustephil
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Orpheus die Harfen schlug so fein
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Wir armen Kartauser
Paduana and Galliard No. 2
Paduana and Galliard No. 14
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Nun tret herbei ein jeder frei
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Mein Lust und Freud in Traurigkeit
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Im Maien hort man die Hahnen krähen
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Mit Lust tat ich spazieren
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Der andere Teil: Der Kuckuck mit seinem Schalle
Paduana and Galliard No. 12
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Der Kuckuck hat sich zu Tod gefalln
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Frisch frohlich wolln wir singen
Newe teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten: Der Kuckuck auf dem Zaune sass

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