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Krieger: Musicalischer Seelen-Friede / Mertens, Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik


Release Date: 05/04/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555037  
Composer:  Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Klaus Mertens
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johann Philipp Krieger numbers among the most important Baroque composers prior to Bach. Born in Nuremberg in 1649, he was active as a chapel master at the Weißenfels court from 1680 to 1725. During his tenure as music director Weißenfels became a leading center of the early German Baroque opera. With his compositional oeuvre Krieger made important contributions to the development of the church cantata and instrumental music. Following the publication of his twelve Sonate a due Violini, CPO is now presenting the recording premiere of five of the total of twenty Sacred Concertos from his Musicalischer Seelen-Frieden, a work composed in 1690 and 1696 and presented in Weißenfels religious services. Krieger, a practicing Read more musician with a practical mind, designed flexible parts for solo voice and two violins in this collection. He produces a close word-tone relation, and the alternations between concertizing and cantabile parts provide for vibrancy. It is especially in the “I-related” texts that inserted recitatives and accompagnati generate special emphases. For almost four decades the bass baritone Klaus Mertens has met with acclaim from the critics for his concerts and almost two hundred recordings. The interpretations of this singer whose voice is “supernaturally radiant” (klassik. com), “wonderfully trim, clearly declaiming” (mdr Firgaro), and “just as fresh as always and uncommonly homogeneous” (klassik. com) range from early music to the avant-garde. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Musicalischer Seelen-Friede: No. 18, Rühmet den Herrn "Psalm 22" by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Musicalischer Seelen-Friede: No. 1, Ach Herr, wie ist meiner Feinde so viel "Psalm 3" by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Sonata à 4 in F Major by Johann Philipp Krieger
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Musicalischer Seelen-Friede: No. 11, Herr, warum trittest du so ferne "Psalm 10" by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Musicalischer Seelen-Friede: No. 16, Meine Seele harret nur auf Gott "Psalm 62" by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Musicalischer Seelen-Friede: No. 7, Fortunae ne crede est by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Simone Eckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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