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Keiser: Markus-Passion / Brembeck, Parthenia Baroque

Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Christophorus   Catalog #: 77421  
Composer:  Reinhard Keiser
Performer:  Bernhard HirtreiterHartmut ElbertJochen ElbertMelinda Paulsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Christian Brembeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parthenia Vocal EnsembleParthenia Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

That Reinhard Keiser, a notable opera composer in Hamburg in an age of stiff competition, seems to have attracted the attention of Bach with his St Mark Passion of 1717 speaks volumes; many of the voice parts in one source are in Bach’s own hand which would suggest strongly that the Cantor performed the piece himself in Leipzig. There are many distinctive characteristics of Keiser’s setting where parallels with Bach’s Passions can be drawn, and indeed it is likely that Bach learned a good deal from composers like Keiser who were applying operatic principles to religious themes. There are detailed traits which are most Bach like: a string accompanied Christus, reflective da capo arias, dramatic crowd involvement and a resourceful use of the Read more chorale melody in several manifestations. More specifically, Keiser has a wonderfully Bachian habit of subtle harmonic coloring at well-chosen moments; some of those inimitably poignant and potent shadings in Bach’s passions are foreshadowed here. “Christian Brembeck is a sympathetic director and his young group of musicians serve him well ... those who love German baroque vocal music and/or are interested in Bach’s close contemporaries and musical heritage will not be disappointed.” (Gramophone, March 1995) Read less

Works on This Recording

Saint Mark Passion by Reinhard Keiser
Performer:  Bernhard Hirtreiter (Tenor), Hartmut Elbert (Bass), Jochen Elbert (Tenor),
Melinda Paulsen (Alto), Petra Geitner (Soprano), Tania d'Althann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Brembeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parthenia Vocal Ensemble,  Parthenia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Hamburg, Germany 

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