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A German Soul - Devotional Music From 17th-century Hamburg / Frigole, Ensemble Meridien

Rubia / Frigole / Ensemble Meridien
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94717   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann RosenmüllerHeinrich ScheidemannJohann Sebastian BachFranz Tunder,   ... 
Performer:  Juan de la RubiaLaia Frigole
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This stylishly devised programme juxtaposes cantatas by Rosenmüller, Krieger and Buxtehude with instrumental chorales and sonatas by Scheidemann, Praetorius, Tunder and Weckmann; most of these now known, if at all widely, as forerunners to Bach rather than as fine musicians in their own right as they deserve to be. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hamburg became a leading commercial port where material and cultural goods circulated freely. Ensemble Méridien has chosen this city as the focal point of a fascinating musical journey through northern Germany, a journey that reveals different aspects of this artistic power. The port of Hamburg was also the driving force behind the north German organ school of the time. Churches Read more were overflowing with magnificent organs, and their building and playing techniques reached extremely high standards, as is evident from the organ music included here. Though most of the music in this recital has been recorded before, it has only appeared on relatively obscure labels, and not in this imaginative context where one may more fully appreciate its dramatic as well as musical merits.

Founded in Barcelona in 2010, Ensemble Méridien is an early-music ensemble of young musicians; this is its first recording.

Other information:
- Recorded February 2012, Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de l’Alcora, Castellón, Spain.
- The composers on this recording have one thing in common: they were active in Hamburg during the 17th century. This German port was then a flourishing centre of commerce and culture, a magnet for composers drawn by the magnificent organs of the city’s many churches.
- The beautifully devised programme on this new CD features composers Rosenmüller, Krieger, Buxtehude, Praetorius, Tunder and Weckmann, all pre-Bachian masters in their art.
- The programme alternates instrumental (chamber music and organ solo) and vocal works (Cantatas).
- Period instrument group Ensemble Méridien make their CD debut with this enchanting programme, in performances of great intimacy and beauty.
- Booklet contains liner note, artist biographies (in English and Spanish) and organ specification. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 2 in E minor by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Praeambulum for Organ no 4 in D minor, WV 33 by Heinrich Scheidemann
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Eja torpentes animae surgite, cantata for soprano, 2 violins & basso continuo by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ), Laia Frigole ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 3 in D minor, BWV 527 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Christ lag in Todesbanden by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ), Laia Frigole ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 14 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Fantasia for keyboard in D minor by Matthias Weckmann
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Herr, auf dich trau ich by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ), Laia Frigole ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1697 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab', BuxWV 38 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Laia Frigole (), Juan de la Rubia (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Christ lag in Todesbanden, chorale by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Juan de la Rubia (Organ), Laia Frigole ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Meridien
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 2 a 2 in E Minor
Praeambulum in D Minor, WV 33
Eja torpentes animae surgite
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527 (arr. for chamber ensemble): I. Andante
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527 (arr. for chamber ensemble): II. Adagio e dolce
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527 (arr. for chamber ensemble): III. Vivace
Musae Sioniae, Vol. 5: Christ lag in Todesbanden
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Fantasia in D Minor
Musicalischer Seelen-Friede: No. 10. Herr, auf dich trau ich, "Psalm 31"
Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab', BuxWV 38

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