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Bach, Hoffman, Telemann: Cantatas / Kielland, Schäfer, Et Al


Release Date: 06/20/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557615   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachMelchior HoffmanGeorg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Harald HoerenMercedes RuizChristian HommelMarianne Beate Kielland,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber OrchestraCologne Bach Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There’s a hidden agenda for this release, which is revealed in the headnote. The Hoffmann and Telemann cantatas, copies of which were found among Bach’s effects, were originally misattributed to him and assigned BWV numbers in the first Bach Edition. Subsequent research has definitively assigned BWV 160 to Telemann and BWV 189 most probably to Melchior Hoffmann, organist of the Neukirche when Bach arrived in Leipzig. The joint discoveries have had the effect of consigning both cantatas to virtual oblivion. Neither deserves so cruel a fate, but CD versions are hard to come by. I happened on a Philips recording by the estimable Peter Schreier that included both, also coupled with BWV 55, Bach’s only extant tenor cantata, and a group of arias, Read more but its current availability is dubious at best. Consequently, if you suffer from insatiable curiosity, this disc is your best bet. Fortunately, in Markus Schäfer the three tenor cantatas, BWV 55 included, have a worthy advocate, whose singing on the present disc can be compared without prejudice with Schreier’s. Kielland’s contribution, in the alto cantata BWV 35, is a mix of traditional vocal production and the sort of “white” tone preferred in some historically informed circles, which I found mildly disconcerting, but hardly disqualifying. Harald Hoeren is the able organist in Cantata 35, which contains two sinfonias that undoubtedly were derived from a missing concerto. Müller-Brühl, who is building a substantial catalog for Naxos, continues to enhance his status as a Bach specialist. The disc comes with informative notes but no texts or translations, which are available online. Definitely worth hearing.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Organ), Mercedes Ruiz (Cello), Christian Hommel (Oboe),
Marianne Beate Kielland (Alto)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (06/01/2004 - 06/03/2004); Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (11/22/2004 - 11/23/2004) 
2.
Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht, BWV 55 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ingo Nelken (Flute), Harald Hoeren (Organ), Gerhard Anders (Cello),
Christian Hommel (Oboe d'amore), Markus Schäfer (Tenor)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Bach Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (06/01/2004 - 06/03/2004); Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (11/22/2004 - 11/23/2004) 
3.
Meine Seele rühmt und preist by Melchior Hoffman
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Gerhard Anders (Cello),
Ariadne Daskalakis (Violin), Christian Hommel (Oboe), Harald Hoeren (Organ)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (06/01/2004 - 06/03/2004); Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (11/22/2004 - 11/23/2004) 
4.
Ich weiss, dass mein Erlöser lebt by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Martin Kevenhöster (Bassoon), Harald Hoeren (Organ), Gerhard Anders (Cello),
Renée Ohldin (Violin), Markus Schäfer (Tenor)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (06/01/2004 - 06/03/2004); Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne (11/22/2004 - 11/23/2004) 

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