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Pachelbel: Christ Lag In Todesbunden, Etc / Tubery, Et Al


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 255   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  David van Bouwel
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber ChoirLes Agrémens
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PACHELBEL Christ lag in Todesbanden. Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan. Jauchzet dem Herrn. Motets: Jauchzet dem Herrn. Gott is unser Zuversicht. Toccata. Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan Jean Tubéry, cond; Namur CCh; Les Agrémens RICERCAR 255 (60:55 Text and Translation)


Although Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706) is represented very well in the Read more current catalogs, the principal disc in my collection is a program of motets under Werner Jacob (9:6; CD in 13:1 and 18:2), an excellent recording by the composer’s successor at St. Sebald in Nürnberg and an early example of attention newly paid to the composer’s sacred works. The largest works in this new collection are the three cantatas for soloists, chorus, strings, and continuo. The two motets are short works for double chorus, and the remaining three pieces are organ works. The recording was made at the end of the composer’s tercentenary, an occasion that was scarcely observed at all.


The motets come toward the end of a line of 17th-century Lutheran choral works. Almost all of Pachelbel’s motets, like those of his predecessors and even J. S. Bach, are for double chorus. Jauchzet dem Herrn has been recorded by Werner Jacob in the disc just mentioned and by Roland Wilson in a disc devoted to him (28:2). In 1993 Konrad Junghänel included both works in a superb collection of motets by Pachelbel with motets by two members of the Bach family added.


The cantatas, on the other hand, fall near the beginning of a form that Bach brought to perfection. One can observe resemblances between the settings of the Easter cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden , by the two composers. Indeed, Thomas Hengelbrock recorded both of them on a Hänssler CD a few years ago, and soon after that Roland Wilson included Pachelbel’s setting in the disc just mentioned. The other two cantatas are not available elsewhere and seem to be first recordings. Jauchzet dem Herrn is called a late work because it uses two oboes, replaced in this performance by two rather sour cornets on the grounds that oboes were rare at the time (no longer the case). They are given important melodic lines that engage in dialogue with the vocal soloists.


The three organ works, two of them based on the vocal music heard here, are brief. They are played on a church organ at Gedinne, a fine instrument. This disc will be worth hearing long after the anniversary year is past.


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Works on This Recording

1. Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2. Gott ist unser Zuversicht by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3. Christ lag in Todesbanden for 4 Voices, 2 Violins, 3 Violas, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, T 371 by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
4. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; Germany 
5. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  David van Bouwel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; Germany 
6. Toccata for Organ in C major by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  David van Bouwel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Toccata in C major
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt [motet]: Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (Kantate): Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, Partita: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
Gott ist unser Zuversicht
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Christ lag in Todesbanden: fur unser Sund gegeben
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt (Kantate): Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt

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