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German 17th-century Church Music / Robin Blaze, Et Al


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55230   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützChristoph BernhardJohann RosenmüllerChristian Geist,   ... 
Performer:  Robin BlazePeter Holman
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



GERMAN 17TH-CENTURY CHURCH MUSIC Robin Blaze (ct); Parley of Instruments HELIOS 55230 (74:10 Text and Translation)


Music of Schütz, Bernhard, Rosenmüller, Buxtehude, Geist, H. Bach, J. Christoph Bach, J. M. BACH, KRIEGER, HOFFMANN


Originally issued as CDA 67079, this was not originally reviewed here. Oddly, Peter Holman, who played chamber organ in the ensemble and wrote the notes, is no longer billed as director. Read more Since this was Robin Blaze’s first solo recording, it deserved some attention. The program includes some important works, such as Schütz’s Erbarm dich mein (SWV 447); Buxtehude’s most popular cantata, Jubilate Domino (BuxWV 64), as well as his Jesu, meine Freud und Lust (BuxWV 59); and Melchior Hoffmann’s Schlage doch , better known as listed in the Bach Werke Verzeichnis as Cantata No. 53. (Hoffmann is now credited with Cantata No. 189 as well.) The Bach family members include Sebastian’s great-uncle Heinrich (1615–92) and Heinrich’s two sons, Johann Christoph (1642–1703) and Johann Michael (1648–94). One of Rosenmüller’s pieces and both of Heinrich Bach’s are sonatas, while Blaze sings the other 10 works. The oddest of the latter works is Rosenmüller’s Christum ducem , a hymn for Passiontide by St. Bonaventure that ends each strophe with the first line of a different Latin hymn. It would seem to have little use in Lutheran Leipzig, as Holman notes.


The cantata credited here to Hoffmann is one of six entries in the BWV that are no longer credited to J. S. Bach, as colleague George Chien noted (28:4). Neither Teldec nor Hänssler have included them in their sets of Bach cantatas (Teldec omitted another five cantatas). Chien indicated at the time that he was unable to find a desired recording of BWV 142, Uns ist ein Kind geboren , but he overlooked Kurt Redel’s fine version coupled with the Magnificat on Philips 835737, issued at Christmas 1964 with such sterling soloists as Jurinac, Jareska, Altmeyer, and Rehfuss. It was followed two years later by another version under Heinz Markus Göttsche on Da Camera 94015 and Oryx 112. Diethelm Kaufmann also recorded the work on a Spirella CD in 2000, adding Kuhnau’s setting of the same text for good measure. (So the catalog indicates; some sources claim that Bach simply borrowed Kuhnau’s cantata for use in Leipzig.) Of the six unauthentic works, the real rarities were BWV 15, Denn du wirst meine Seele , and BWV 141, Das ist je gewisslich wahr , which had never been recorded before the Helbich disc that Chien reviewed.


The present program is well balanced, a series of moderately short pieces putting the great Jubilate Domino at the center and the instrumental pieces at intervals during the program. The central piece is executed with a light and flexible delivery, placing Blaze in the company of the many leading countertenors who have essayed the work. It’s fairly remarkable that Blaze can sustain the interest of such a varied program that highlights only the countertenor voice. The contrast among the styles of these works is worth hearing, for 17th-century German Lutheran composers were by no means cut from the same cloth. The accompanying ensemble, as Holman admits, uses “Renaissance” violins because they are closer to instruments used in this period than Baroque instruments of the 18th century. The program is a nice mix of familiar and rare works of the period.


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Works on This Recording

1. Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, SWV 447 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Peter Holman (Chamber Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
2. Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele by Christoph Bernhard
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Peter Holman (Chamber Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
3. Christum ducem, qui per crucem by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Peter Holman (Chamber Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1652 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
4. Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel by Christian Geist
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
5. Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1672; Lübeck, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
6. Auf, lasst uns den Herren loben by Johann Michael Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7. O Jesu, du mein Leben by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
8. Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, BWV 53 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
9. Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 2 in E minor by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
10. Jesu, meine Freud und Lust, BuxWV 59 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
11. Sonata a 5 no 1 in C major by Heinrich Bach
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
12. Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 
13. Sonata a 5 no 2 in F major by Heinrich Bach
Performer:  Peter Holman (Chamber Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: : Peter Holman. 

Customer Reviews

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 Warm and Wonderful Sounds July 3, 2013 By Edward Greene (Bath, ME) See All My Reviews "The fortunate listeners who have the Bach Cantata series directed by Masaaki Suzuki will already know how beautifully Robin Blaze sings. Here he is accompanied by a mixed string ensemble with emphasis on violas and viols. Perky violins add an occasional dash of brilliance, and all the pieces have continuo realized on mellow-sounding organ and theorbo. About a quarter of the selections are purely instrumental. The music ranges from Schutz to Hoffman, including the usual suspects like Buxtehude and Rosenmuller, but also several members of the Bach dynasty. The final track is of such quality that the early editors of the Bach Gesellschaft thought it was a cantata by Johann Sebastian himself and included it as Cantata 53. It may be spurious Bach, but it's excellent music." Report Abuse
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