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Harmoniae Sacrae / L'Armonia Sonora

L'armonia Sonora
Release Date: 05/11/2010 
Label:  Ramee   Catalog #: 905   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz TunderJohann Valentin MederMatthias WeckmannHeinrich Ignaz Biber,   ... 
Performer:  Peter KooyHana Blazikova
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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HARMONIAE SACRAE Meineke van der Velden, cond; Hana Blazikova (sop 1 ); Peter Kooij (bs 2 ); L’Armonia Sonora RAMÉE RAM 0905 (62:59 &)


TUNDER 1 An Wasserflüssen Babylon. MEDER 1 Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht in Read more deinem Zorn. 2 Gott hilf mir. WECKMANN 1,2 Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste. BERNHARD 1,2 Sie haben meinen Herrn weggenommen. BUNS 1,2 Obstupescite. BIBER Sonata IV


The redoubtable successor to Harry van der Kamp and Klaus Mertens of the previous generation, Peter Kooij (or Kooy) scarcely needs any introduction to lovers of Baroque repertoire; he is of course most noted as the bass soloist for the ongoing cycle of the complete Bach cantatas and oratorios being recorded on BIS under Masaaki Suzuki. More recently, he has founded and worked with various Baroque ensembles (De Profundis, Sette Voci, Tanto Canto), and is now branching out in making recital albums. An isolated disc of Schubert songs, recorded for BIS in 2000, was reviewed dismissively by Joel Kasow in Fanfare 24:5, but Kooij’s first partnership with Meineke van der Velden, an album titled Musickes Sweetest Joyes , received a warm commendation from Bernard Jacobson in 29:1. Kooij now appears to be picking up the pace; in 33:5 Ron Salemi enthusiastically reviewed a solo disc, released by New Pan in 2009, of mid 17th-century German pieces recorded with the CordArte ensemble, titled Mein Herz ist Bereit . Shortly thereafter Kooij rejoined forces with van der Velden and the L’Armonia Sonora ensemble for an initial release on the Ramée label of a disc with similar repertoire, titled De Profundis clamavi . Now we have yet another disc with these same forces, though this time Kooij shares the spotlight with one of his pupils, soprano Hana Blazikova; Salemi rightly gave her debut solo disc of sacred concerti by Brentner and Brixi a highly positive review in 33:5.


While the composers represented here are from the second or even third tier of fame in the early German Baroque, the music is of a uniformly high quality and deeply expressive of the texts; despite the ravages of the Thirty Years’ War, the German lands at that time obviously had a fund of musical talent second to none. All of the pieces here reflect the desolation of that time, being concerned with destruction and divine punishment for sin. The texts are respectively taken from Psalm 137:1–3a (Tunder), Psalm 69:1–4, 13–17 (Meder, Gott hilf mir ), Lamentations 1:1–2, 9b, and 12 (Weckmann); a potted version of John 20:13 and 15–17 with meditative verses added by an unnamed poet (Bernhard); Psalm 6 (Meder, Ach Herr ); and a 12th-century motet (Buns). The musical and dramatic cores of this set are the duets by Weckmann and Bernhard; the soloists mostly do not sing together (except at the conclusion of the Bernhard), but rather alternate in dialogue with one another. In the Weckmann, the soprano takes the lead role in grieving over the fate of the holy city, with the bass acting as a refrain, almost after the manner of a Greek chorus; in the Bernhard, the singers respectively assume the roles of Mary Magdalene and Jesus, with extremely florid parts written in a style patently reflecting the operas of Monteverdi and his contemporaries. The other vocal works are closer in style to the music of Heinrich Schütz; the brief Biber sonata provides a welcome opportunity for the instrumentalists to shine on their own.


I am deeply fond of this repertoire, and these are performances of the highest caliber that grow more and more lovely with each hearing. The recorded sound is, like the baby bear’s porridge, not too hot (close or reverberant) nor too cold (distant or dry), but just right. The digipak provides a pasted-in booklet (a pet peeve of mine; having to hold the entire CD case to read the booklet is annoying) with extensive notes, texts, and translations. Don’t hesitate to acquire this.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
An Wasserflüssen Babylon by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Hana Blazikova ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Gott hilf mir, cantata for voice, 4 violins, violone & organ (Psalm 69) by Johann Valentin Meder
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Hana Blazikova ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste by Matthias Weckmann
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Hana Blazikova ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1663; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 16 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Fidicinium sacroprofanum: Sonata no 4 in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (), Peter Kooy ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht in deinem Zorn, cantata by Johann Valentin Meder
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Hana Blazikova ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Obstupescite, motet for 2 voices, 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo by Benedictus Buns
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (), Peter Kooy ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Sie haben Herrn hinweggenommen, cantata for soprano, bass, 2 violins & continuo by Christoph Bernhard
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Hana Blazikova ()
Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/2008 
Venue:  Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherla 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

An Wasserflussen Babylon
Gott hilf mir
Wie liegt die Stadt so wuste (How doth the city sit solitary)
Fidicinium sacro-profanum: Sonata IV
Concerto, Op. 1, No. 15, "Sie haben meinen Herrn hinweggenommen"
Ach Herr, straffe mich nicht
Obstupescite

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