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Zachow, Handel: Easter Cantatas / Klapprott, Capella Thuringia, Cantus Thuringia

Zachow / Handel / Olry / Thuringia / Klapprott
Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777643-2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Friedrich Wilhelm ZachowGeorge Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella ThuringiaCantus Thuringia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ZACHOW Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben. Bei Gott ist mein Heil, meine Ehre. HANDEL (attr.) Ach, Herr, mich armen Sünder. Triumph, ihr Christen seid erfreut Bernhard Klapprott, cond; Gudrun Sidonie Otto, Margaret Hunter (sop); Christopher Dittmar (ct); Mirko Ludwig (ten); Guillaume Olry (bs); Cantus Thuringia; Capella Thuringia (period instruments) CPO 777 643 (62:54 Text and Translation)
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Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, organist at the Halle Marienkirche, was Handel’s only music teacher. Handel was sent to him for musical training by 1694 (some authors claim around 1692–93), and probably remained as his pupil until his enrollment as a student at the University of Halle in 1702. According to Mainwairing’s biography of Handel, his training consisted of a thorough grounding in the principles of harmony, followed by study of various styles of music. Handel was given subjects to work, copied and played music of other composers, and composed music of his own. Zachow’s surviving music shows a mixture of German and Italian influences and was most likely an influence on Handel’s earliest compositions.


No undoubted compositions from Handel’s period in Halle have survived. The author of the notes to this recording discusses the evidence for Handel’s authorship of the two attributed cantatas and is obviously himself convinced. And nowhere on the front or back of the jewel box is there a hint that these two works are not by Handel. I, however, remain unconvinced, and there is nothing particularly Handelian about the works themselves. Zachow’s two cantatas are first-rate works that are well worth hearing. The two attributed works, though probably written by someone in his musical circle, are almost certainly not by Handel.


The performances are excellent. The five soloists all have bright, attractive voices (even the countertenor), though a couple show slight strain in the lowest notes of their range. The five singers also constitute the entirety of Cantus Thuringia, and their voices blend beautifully. Bernhard Klapprott, the conductor, sets reasonable tempos and also serves as one of two organists in the small ensemble (12 players), which provides expert support.


I strongly recommend acquisition of this delightful disc. Just don’t expect to discover any unknown Handel among its treasures.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow
Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Thuringia,  Cantus Thuringia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Bei Gott ist mein Heil, meine Ehre by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow
Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Thuringia,  Cantus Thuringia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Thuringia,  Cantus Thuringia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Attributed to George Frideric Handel. 
4.
Triumph, ihr Christen seid erfreut by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Thuringia,  Cantus Thuringia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Attributed to George Frideric Handel.  

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