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Bruhns: Deutsche Kantaten / Junghanel, Cantus Colln

Bruhns / Colln / Junghanel
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 1951752  
Composer:  Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Even those who have heard of Nikolaus Bruhns normally associate him with organ music, but judging by this CD of six of his sacred cantatas, this died-too-young, 17th-century composer's vocal music was at least as great. These are energetic, occasionally vocally athletic, harmonically inventive works in which solos alternate with duets, trios, and ensembles. The group of six singers and eight continuo players (with the addition of two high-flying trumpeters in Muß nicht der Mensch...) is superb, and they truly make this music come to life. Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet ("Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord"--Psalm 128), has a beautiful, ethereal section for solo soprano (gorgeously sung by Johanna Koslowsky) Read more and a gentle, canon-like final section for two sopranos and bass.

The funeral cantata Ich liege und schlafe varies tender four-part harmonies, fugal sections, and solos--Bruhns keeps the vocal scoring diverse even within each work and this avoids monotony of any kind. Partum cor meum, for two tenors, is a delight; fans of Monteverdi's melismatic tenor writing will have a good time. In all, this is a fascinating look into music just pre-J.S. Bach, performed with the usual care, beauty, and originality Cantus Cölln is famous for. The recording is rich and honest, and though recorded in a church it has none of the echo-ey ambiance that occasionally afflicts the sound from such settings. Highly recommended.

– Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing the original release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Zeit meines Abschieds ist vorhanden by Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Muss nicht der Mensch auff dieser Erden in steten Streite seyn by Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Woll dem, der den Herren fürchtet by Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Ich liege und schlafe by Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Paratum cor meum by Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: Latin 
6.
Hemmt eure Tränenflut by Nicolaus Bruhns
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

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 A Real Marvel! January 28, 2014 By Clifford H C. (Thompson, MB) See All My Reviews "After listening to this recording I am deeply saddened by Bruhns early death and the lack of music that has survived the centuries. Johann Sebastian Bach was an ardent fan and you can see why. This is music of wonderful invention and entertainment. The funeral cantata "Ich liege und schlafe" is wonderful and heartfelt. The performance by Cantus Colln are brilliant as always." Report Abuse
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