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The Heart's Refuge

Taylor / Schola Cantorum Choir / Theatre Of Early
Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29143   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich BuxtehudeJohann Christoph BachJohann Heinrich SchmelzerJohann Kuhnau,   ... 
Performer:  Agnes ZsigovicsRebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] ClabornKyle [Countertenor Vocal] GuilfoyleIsaiah Bell,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

During the 17th century, Lutheran musicians produced a magnificent repertoire of sacred music. To do so, they borrowed forms developed and constantly refreshed by Italians, the first masters of Baroque music. German composers, however, adapted what they borrowed to their own language and outlook, carefully giving their works quite unique qualities of harmony, contrapuntal density, variety of form, and expressive power. Apart from a few rare Latin texts, the librettos of the works featured on The Heart’s Refuge are in German. They are drawn, very freely, from the Bible, or from paraphrases or poetic commentaries written by pastors or theologians. Their subjects, sometimes illustrated by ingenious musical images, are: the confusion of the Read more soul in a state of sin; the confident assurance of encountering Jesus in death, often associated with sleep; and the discord between this ‘vale of tears’ and eternal bliss praising and giving thanks to God.

Daniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world. He appears on more than 100 recordings. On The Heart’s Refuge, he conducts Schola Cantorum and the Theatre of Early Music, two entities which he has founded.

Schola Cantorum aims to present the brilliant early choral and instrumental repertoire from across the centuries to a new audience. They strive to recreate the original performances of musical works in the belief that historical performance ideals and knowledge of the old world are essential for creating music anew. The Theatre of Early Music are interpreters of magnificent yet neglected choral repertoire from four centuries. Their appearances include stunning a cappella programs, with practices and aesthetics of former ages informing thought-provoking, passionate and committed reconstructions of music for historical events and major works from the oratorio tradition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BuxWV 62 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Agnes Zsigovics (), Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn (), Kyle [Countertenor Vocal] Guilfoyle (),
Isaiah Bell (), Alexander Dobson ()
Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2013 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, On 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Alexander Dobson (), Isaiah Bell (), Kyle [Countertenor Vocal] Guilfoyle (),
Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn (), Agnes Zsigovics ()
Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; Eisenach, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2013 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, On 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Harmonia in B flat major by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Alexander Dobson (), Isaiah Bell (), Kyle [Countertenor Vocal] Guilfoyle (),
Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn (), Agnes Zsigovics ()
Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/2013 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, On 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Cantata "Gott, sei mir gnädig nach deiner Güte" by Johann Kuhnau
Performer:  Kyle [Countertenor Vocal] Guilfoyle (), Alexander Dobson (), Isaiah Bell (),
Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn (), Agnes Zsigovics ()
Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2013 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, On 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Ich liege und schlafe by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Alexander Dobson (), Isaiah Bell (), Kyle [Countertenor Vocal] Guilfoyle (),
Rebecca [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Claborn (), Agnes Zsigovics ()
Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2013 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, On 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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