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Cantors of St. Thomas Before Bach / Bohme

Calvisius / Kammerchor Josquin Des Prez / Bohme
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83342   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachSethus CalvisiusSebastian KnüpferJohann Kuhnau,   ... 
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In today’s world, at least where church music is revered and celebrated, no one doubts that Leipzig was J.S. Bach’s town, no questions asked. Of course, this notion is presumptuous, not to mention grossly unmindful of the fact that before Bach lay an illustrious musical lineage of cantors at the city’s famous St. Thomas church. This excellent recording by the first-rate Josquin des Préz Chamber Choir hits us square between the ears with a fascinating array of works by Bach’s St. Thomas predecessors, and not only does it put things into a handy historical context (a history that in its entirety reaches back more than 800 years), but it shows that Bach’s precursors were anything but shabby—nothing technician-like or formulaic about Read more these guys. You may not have heard of Tobias Michael, Johann Schelle, or Sethus Calvisius, but when you hear the selections by these composers you’ll appreciate the line of succession—a range from the late-16th to the mid-18th century—on a purely artistic level.

Composers Johann Schein and Johann Kuhnau are the best-known pre-Bach Leipzig cantors, and they are well-represented on this program—but the recording’s strength lies in its presentation of a significant number of newly programmed works: no less than seven of the 13 selections are claimed to be world-premiere recordings. Every time I listened to this disc I would find some new surprise and would reach for the track list: “What was that?” I’d say, and immediately press the repeat button while I searched for which (unfamiliar) composer had written this wonderful piece. Choral listening fans, don’t hesitate to add this to your collection; choir directors, be glad that many of the works you hear are available in published editions. This program was a great idea, a big favor to the Bach community and an important addition to the catalog.

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wir glauben all'an einen Gott, BWV 437 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Missa brevis in G major, BWV 236: Kyrie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Praeter rerum serium by Sethus Calvisius
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
4.
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire by Sethus Calvisius
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
5.
Mein Gott, betrübt ist meine Seele by Sebastian Knüpfer
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
6.
Tristis est anima mea by Johann Kuhnau
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
Period: 17th Century 
Written: Germany 
7.
Ach Gott, wie lässt du mich verstarren by Johann Kuhnau
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Gott hat uns nicht gesetzt zum Zorn by Johann Kuhnau
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
9.
Aus der Tiefe by Tobias Michael
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
10.
Unsre Trübsal, die zeitlich und leichte ist by Tobias Michael
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
11.
Verleih uns Frieden by Johann Hermann Schein
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
12.
Gott, sei mir gnädig by Johann Hermann Schein
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
13.
Komm, Jesu, komm by Johann Schelle
Conductor:  Ludwig Böhme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Josquin des Prez Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Praeter rerum seriem
Verleih uns Frieden gnadiglich
Aus der Tiefe
Komm, Jesu, komm, mein Leib ist mude
Tristis est anima mea
Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 437
Mass in G major, BWV 236: Kyrie
Ach Gott, wie lasst du mich erstarren
Mein Gott, betrubt ist meine Seele
Gott sei mir gnadig: Gott sei mir gnadig
Gott hat uns nicht gesetzt zum Zorn
Unser Trubsal, die zeitlich und leichte ist
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist: Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist

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