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Cantata, Concerto & Sonata / Musica Poetica Freiburg


Release Date: 12/24/2002 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98408   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann ErnstJohann Sebastian BachJohann David HeinichenChristoph Graupner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While this collection features some inspired rarities by composers centered around Bach's Weimar period, the primary draw is what may well be a first recording of Christoph Graupner's cantata setting of poet Georg Christian Lehms' "Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut" (My heart is bathed in blood), composed two years earlier than Bach's more familiar and justly famous one. This begs the obvious question: Did Graupner's work inspire or in any way influence the master? Listening reveals that it most likely did. The four recitatives (especially the entrance to the first) are remarkably similar both in timing and temperament. It's in the conception of the arias that the composers differ, at times significantly--and as we would expect, always Read more in Bach's favor. In the first and second arias in particular Bach clearly embraces his subject matter more profoundly and in turn more deeply. Not only do the timings indicate Bach's greater seriousness (his movements are three times longer, making the complete cantata more than twice as long), but more importantly it's the grandeur and authority of his music and its ability to heighten the inherent sadness of the texts that distinguishes him from his able contemporary (Graupner's music at times borders on being unsuitably bouncy).

Performances of BWV 199 are plentiful, and while this one by the Musica Poetica with soprano Andrea Hornung-Boesen is fine, there are others that admittedly outclass it: Elly Ameling with Helmut Winschermann and the Deutsche Baroque soloists on Philips; Edith Mathis with Karl Richter and the Munich Bach Orchestra on Archiv; Barbara Schlick with Christophe Coin and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges on Astrée; Arleen Auger with Helmuth Rilling and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart (also on Hänssler); and my long-standing favorite that unfortunately has not been available on CD (please someone prove me wrong here!)--Maria Stader with Helmut Müller-Brühl and the Cologne soloists. All of these renditions feature keener interpretive diversity and a greater sense of passionate urgency.

While lighter, the remaining obscurities are equally welcome and enjoyable. The two concertos by Johann Ernst Prinz von Sachsen-Weimar are expertly crafted yet owe more of their inspiration to Vivaldi and Corelli than to Bach. Johann David Heinichen's lovely sonata in C includes moments of striking instrumental delineation, particularly between the oboe and violin in the second and third movements. Georg Friedrich Kauffmann's cantata "Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz" (Be not daunted anxious heart) is a short though evocative work strongly influenced by Bach.

Hänssler's sound is quite good with sufficient clarity and detail. Musical director and violist Hans Bergmann's notes are informative and scholastically thorough. While admirers of BWV 199 certainly will find Graupner's take on Lehms' popular poem curious if not fascinating, this engaging program of many premiere recordings will handsomely reward all German baroque enthusiasts.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe, 2 Violins, Viola and Basso Continuo in G minor by Johann Ernst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work was reconstructed to its supposed original instrumentation by Hans Bergmann. Bergmann followed the arrangement for harpsichord by J.S. Bach (Concerto in g after an unknown composer, BWV 983). 
2.
Concerto for 2 Violins, Viola and Basso Continuo in C major by Johann Ernst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work was reconstructed to its supposed original instrumentation by Hans Bergmann. Bergmann followed the arrangements for organ and harpsichord by J.S. Bach (Concerto for Org solo in C major, BWV 595 and Concerto in C major after Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, BWV 984). 
3.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Sonata for Oboe, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in C minor by Johann David Heinichen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Mein Herz schwimmt im Blut by Christoph Graupner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz by Georg F. Kauffmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Musica Poetica Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto in G minor (reconstructed from the arrangement for harpsichord by Bach, BWV 983): I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in G minor (reconstructed from the arrangement for harpsichord by Bach, BWV 983): II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in G minor (reconstructed from the arrangement for harpsichord by Bach, BWV 983): III. Allegro
Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut: Recitative: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (Soprano)
Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut: Aria: Stumme Seufzer, stille Klagen (Soprano)
Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut: Recitative: Doch Gott muss mir genadig sein (Soprano)
Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut: Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue (Soprano)
Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut: Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes Kind
Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut: Aria: Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Soprano)
Oboe Sonata in C minor: I. Affettuoso
Oboe Sonata in C minor: II. Allegro
Oboe Sonata in C minor: III. Adagio - Grave - Adagio
Oboe Sonata in C minor: IV. Vivace
Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz: Aria: (Soprano)
Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz: Recitative: Dein Jesus, welchen du um Gnade flehest (Soprano)
Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz: Aria: (Soprano)
Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz: Recitative: Was sollt ich denn verzagen (Soprano)
Unverzagt, beklemmtes Herz: Aria: Es traure wer nicht glauben kann (Soprano)
Concerto for 2 Violins in C major (reconstructed from the arrangements by Bach, BWV 595 and BWV 984): I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Violins in C major (reconstructed from the arrangements by Bach, BWV 595 and BWV 984): II. Adagio e affettuoso
Concerto for 2 Violins in C major (reconstructed from the arrangements by Bach, BWV 595 and BWV 984): III. Allegro assai
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Aria: Stumme Seufzer, stille Klagen (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Doch Gott muss mir genadig sein (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes Kind
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Ich lege mich in diese Wunden (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Aria: Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Soprano)

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