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Ahle: Selected Vocal Music / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 03/18/1997 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 821   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto PalatinoBach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This truly international ensemble drawn from Japan, Germany and the USA discloses a Newly Planted Thuringian Pleasure Garden virtually unknown on disc. Johann Rudolf Able (1625-73) worked at St Blasius Church in Muhlhausen (a predecessor there of JS Bach), but his stylistic lineage is clearly from Venice and Gabrieli, via Schiitz. Into his 'garden' Ahle 'transplanted... new spiritual musical plants with three to ten and more parts'. The selection here uses four lucid voices, a cornetto and four trombones, a pair of violins and continue organ.

Ahle wrote as brilliantly as any Italian - the opening Missa brevis a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vocal and instrumental colours; a Nunc dimittis setting with bass and four
Read more sonorous trombones. The cornetto is reserved until the end, played with virtuosic sparkle in a strophic chorale setting, foreshadowing Bach's early cantatas. Another setting disguises a familiar chorale in florid variations - in his own time Ahle was honoured as 'the German Monteverdi'.

One Magnificat setting, of alternate verses only, lacks the chanted interpolations surely intended - at 56 minutes there's room for this and more. But don't miss this revelatory disc.

Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Herr, nun lässt Du Deinem Diener by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1658; Mühlhausen, Germany 
2.
Zwingt die Saiten in Cithara by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Magnificat a 7 by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Jesu dulcis memoria by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Misericordias Domini by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Magnificat a 8 by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Missa a 10: Kyrie by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
9.
Missa a 10: Gloria by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan

Sound Samples

Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Kyrie
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Gloria
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Herr nun lässestu deinen Diener a 5
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Zwingt die Saiten in Cithara
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Magnificat
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Prima pars
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Secunda pars
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Misericordias Domini
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag
Neu-gepflanzter thuringischer Lustgarten: Magnificat

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