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Bach's Students / Kopp, Vocal Concert Dresden


Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83263   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  J. C. F. BachJohann Philipp KirnbergerJohann Friedrich DolesGottfried August Homilius,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bremen Vocal EnsembleDresden Instrumental ConcertDresden Vocal Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH’S STUDENTS Peter Kopp, cond; Dresden Vocal & Instrumental Conserts (period instruments) CARUS 83.263 (59:33 Text and Translation)


ALTNICKOL Befiehl du deine Wege. C. P. E. BACH Gott, deine Güte reicht so weit. J. C. F. BACH Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme! DOLES Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Wer bin ich, Herr? HOMILIUS Die Elenden sollen essen. KIRNBERGER An der Flüssen Babylons. KREBS Erforsche mich, Gott


When Sebastian Bach died in 1750, he left behind an astounding musical legacy, but it would be decades before a youthful Felix Mendelssohn would ignite the Bach revival with a performance in Berlin of the Saint Matthew Passion . Before this, Bach’s flame continued to burn through the careers of his students who carried the torch in a variety of ways, and through their teachings passed it on to others.


In addition to music of one of Bach’s sons and one of his grandsons, this Carus release contains choral works of Bach’s son-in-law, Johann Christoph Altnickol (1719–1759), two of his better known students, Johann Philipp Kirnberger (1721–1783) and Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713–1780), and the man who succeeded Bach’s successor as Cantor at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, Johann Friedrich Doles (1715–1797).


The motets of Sebastian Bach are generally considered the best of their era, and perhaps the best ever composed. Because of changing times, numerous composers began to turn away from the motet in the last half of the 18th century; but several of Bach’s students tenaciously held to the form, and their surviving works offer testimony as to how they chose to carry on the tradition of their teacher. One thing that becomes apparent is the difference between the styles of Bach’s son and grandson and the pupils outside the family. The students not of the bloodline followed—or tried to follow—in the footsteps of their mentor (the structure of Altnickol’s lengthy but well-written Befiehl du deine Wege is consciously patterned after his teacher’s Jesu meine Freude ), but the motets of Bach’s son and grandson are more reflective of their times, even though they do offer a polite doff of the hat to their teacher. This can be found in the virtuosity of J. C. F. Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme! and the use of the outdated Affekenlehre in C. P. E. Bach’s Gott, deine Güte reicht so weit . Regardless of a debt or lack thereof to old Bach, there is a common thread running through all of these works: an expert command of vocal resources, counterpoint, melody, and harmony.


I have run across other performances by Peter Kopp and his forces, and have found each and every release to be nothing short of revelatory. This release falls nicely into queue with the rest with performances that are well balanced, beautifully shaded and shaped, and cleanly articulated. Kopp balances his forces with an expert’s ear, and tone production and diction are nothing short of unbeatable. The result is music and performances that will stand tall against forthcoming competition for a long time to come.

FANFARE: Michael Carter


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Works on This Recording

1.
Motets (2), HW 15: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by J. C. F. Bach
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bremen Vocal Ensemble,  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
2.
An den Flüssen Babylons by Johann Philipp Kirnberger
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
3.
Wer bin ich, Herr? by Johann Friedrich Doles
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bremen Vocal Ensemble,  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
4.
Die Elenden sollen essen by Gottfried August Homilius
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
5.
Gott, deine Güte reicht so weit by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
6.
Erforsche mich, Gott by Johann Ludwig Krebs
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: Baroque 
7.
Befiehl du deine Wege by Johann Christoph Altnickol
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Instrumental Concert,  Dresden Vocal Concert
Period: 18th Century 
Written: Germany 
8.
Geistliche Oden und Lieder (55), Wq 194/H 686: no 9, Bitten by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Peter Kopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bremen Vocal Ensemble,  Dresden Instrumental Concert
Period: Classical 

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