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C.P.E. Bach: Erwacht zum neuen Leben - Odes, Sacred Songs / Redlin, Boysen


Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94309  
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian RedlinJörn Boysen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

• The classical and romantic “Lied” (song) genre finds its origins in the settings of strophic poems by o.a. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. His Odes contain settings of (sometimes rather liberal) secular poems as well as sacred texts, in a combination of recitative and aria, with rich and imaginative accompaniment of the continuo.
• The Odes form a fascinating overview of the various styles employed by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, who during his long creative life developed from the pure Baroque style of his father Johann Sebastian to the “Sturm und Drang” era, with its pre-romantic outbursts of emotions.

Although musical settings of strophic poems were rarely composed or performed in the early years of the 18th century, by
Read more around 1730 the genre experienced a renewal of interest. It was in this context that Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach wrote his Oden and Lieder, inspired by a group of German music critics, theorists and composers who believed that music and language could be reunified through song.

Bach’s earliest songs were based on Anacreontic poems, somewhat humorous texts with pastoral characters and settings, which generally dealt with the themes of love and drinking! Examples collected on this recording include Das Privilegium, Belinde and Die Ku?sse. However, Bach saved his real efforts and inspiration for settings of religious and moral poetry, which appealed to him on a more personal level. Featured on this CD, Pru?fung am Abend, Osterlied and Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur display imaginative combinations of recitative and aria,brilliantaccompaniments,andasensitive match between words and music.

As Bach’s career progressed, his approach to the genre developed. After moving to Hamburg in 1768, he published a collection of relatively simple, strophic psalm settings in response to public demand. Following this, his last collection of sacred songs, from 1780–1781, almost pre-figure Romanticism in their dramatic text settings.

Collecting together a selection of songs from each stage of C.P.E. Bach’s career, this new recording is a fascinating cross-section of his contribution to this genre. Not only do the songs, Odes and psalm settings demonstrate the variety of styles that Bach turned his hand to throughout his career, they highlight his supreme skill at combining words and music.


OTHER INFORMATION: • Booklet notes in English and German.
• Complete sung texts.
• Recording made 27–30 June 2011, St. Katharinenkirche, Kirchbarkau, Germany.

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C. P. E. BACH Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur. Betrachtung des Todes. Prüfung am Abend. Die Zufriedenheit in Gott. Osterlied. Der Unbeständige. Psalms: Nos. 8, 23, 67, 86. Das Privilegium. Der tag des Weltgerichts. Der frühling. Die fortdauer der Lehre Jesu. Andenken an den Tod. Die Küsse. Belinde Julian Redlin (bs); Jörn Boysen (hpd) BRILLIANT 94309 (55:59 & German only)


Here is an utterly delightful and surprising CD, delightful because most of these songs are simple, folklike, tuneful, and fairly easy to perform, surprising because they were written by C. P. E. Bach, the greatest and most complex composer of all of J. S. Bach’s sons. Apparently, his first folio of songs was published about three years after Dad died, with two more, larger collections published in 1757 and 1758. Eventually C. P. E. felt the urge to compose songs to subjects “somewhat more sublime than wine and love,” and so chose the texts of several Psalms, yet even these are bouncy and closer related to folk music.


Julian Redlin is a chorus bass who sings with Musica Poetica and the Balthasar Neumann Choir but also performs in Baroque oratorios. He has an extremely pleasant, plangent voice, to my ears almost more baritone than bass, not full or rich or operatic but flexible enough to sing Baroque turns and deliver the lyrics as if he really enjoys singing, which is a major plus nowadays. And happily, harpsichordist Jörn Boysen is nearly as lively as Redlin, certainly when it comes to the rhythm, which he plays with a joyful bounce. The only real drawback to this disc, especially considering that most of these songs are new to CD, is that the lyrics are given here in German only. I was able to find only two English translations online, at Emily Ezusts’ Lied and Art Song Texts Page, which certainly helped me appreciate Bach’s talent for finding likeable melodies for even somewhat profound lyrics.


While it’s true, as the liner notes claim, that these songs are the ancestors of German art song, they are not even as highly developed as Beethoven’s songs. Of course, it’s obvious that complexity was not Bach’s goal in these tunes; making them popular was. But this led to the one flaw in his system: Most of the melodies repeat themselves, chorus after chorus, without any variety of musical line or even so much as a single slight dissonance in the harmonic base. One of the exceptions, his setting of Psalm 67, sounds much like one of Handel’s happier cantata airs, complete with a few coloratura runs (which Redlin handles beautifully), yet this exception only makes you wish that there were more of the same on this disc. Nevertheless, the record has a lot going for it, not the least of which is Redlin’s enthusiastic delivery. His upbeat demeanor never flags and his voice is always a joy to hear despite its limitations.


I’m not sure if this review will persuade you to acquire the disc, but if you speak German I have no hesitation in recommending it as a lighthearted surprise.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Geistliche Oden und Lieder (55), Wq 194/H 686: no 18, Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
2.
Geistliche Oden und Lieder (55), Wq 194/H 686: no 26, Betrachtung des Todes by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
3.
Geistliche Oden und Lieder (12), Wq 195/H 696: no 6, Die Zufriedenheit in Gott by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
4.
Geistliche Oden und Lieder (55), Wq 194/H 686: no 7, Prüfung am Abend by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757; Berlin, Germany 
5.
Geistliche Oden und Lieder (55), Wq 194/H 686: no 10, Osterlied by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757; Berlin, Germany 
6.
Der Unbeständige, Wq 202C no 1/H 709 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1770 
7.
Cramers übersetzte Psalmen, Wq 196: no 4, Psalm 8 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774 
8.
Cramers übersetzte Psalmen, Wq 196: no 8, Psalm 23 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774 
9.
Cramers übersetzte Psalmen, Wq 196: no 19, Psalm 86 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774 
10.
Cramers übersetzte Psalmen, Wq 196: no 18, Psalm 67 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774 
11.
Das Privilegium, Wq 202b no 1/H 693 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Berlin, Germany 
12.
Sacred Songs (30), Wq 197/H 749: no 13, Der Tag des Weltgerichts by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Hamburg, Germany 
13.
Sacred Songs (30), Wq 197/H 749: no 14, Der Frühling by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Hamburg, Germany 
14.
Sacred Songs (30), Wq 197/H 749: no 21, Die Fortdauer der Lehre Jesu by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Hamburg, Germany 
15.
Sacred Songs (30) II, Wq 198/H 752: no 12, Andenken an den Tod by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Hamburg, Germany 
16.
Die Küsse, Wq 199 no 4/H 673 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762 
17.
Belinde, Wq 202B no 3/H 695 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Julian Redlin (Bass), Jörn Boysen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765 

Sound Samples

Geistliche Oden und Lieder, Wq. 194, H. 686: Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur
Geistliche Oden und Lieder, Wq. 194, H. 686: Betrachtung des Todes
Zwolf geistliche Oden und Lieder als ein Anhang zu Gellerts geistliche Oden und Lieder, Wq. 195, H. 696: No. 6. Die Zufriedenheit in Gott
Geistliche Oden und Lieder, Wq. 194, H. 686: Prufung am Abend
Geistliche Oden und Lieder, Wq. 194, H. 686: Osterlied
13 Songs in Unterhaltungen: Der Unbestandige H709: 13 Songs in Unterhaltungen: Der Unbestandige, H. 709
42 Psalmen mit Melodien, Wq. 196, H. 733: No. 4. Der 8. Psalm
42 Psalmen mit Melodien, Wq. 196, H. 733: No. 8. Der 23. Psalm
42 Psalmen mit Melodien, Wq. 196, H. 733: No. 19. Der 98. Psalm
42 Psalmen mit Melodien, Wq. 196, H. 733: No. 18. Der 67. Psalm
3 Songs: Wq. 202/B, H. 693: No. 1. Das Privilegium
30 Geistliche Gesange mit Melodien, Book 1, Wq. 197, H. 749: No. 13. Der Tag des Weltgerichts
30 Geistliche Gesange mit Melodien, Book 1, Wq. 197, H. 749: No. 14. Der Fruhling
30 Geistliche Gesange mit Melodien, Book 1, Wq. 197, H. 749: No. 21. Die Fortdauer de Lehre
30 Geistliche Gesange mit Melodien, Book 2, Wq. 198, H. 752: No. 12. Andenken an den Tod
Oden mit Melodien, Wq. 199, H. 673: Die Kusse
3 Songs: Wq. 202/B, H. 695: No. 3. Belinde

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