Schelle: Sacred Music / Sampson, King, King's Consort

Release Date: 9/13/2011
Label: Hyperion
Catalog Number: CDH55373
Composer: Johann Schelle
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Continuing the series 'Bach's Contemporaries', this volume concentrates on the wonderful music of Johann Schelle--a cousin of Kuhnau (another composer featured in this series). This immensely striking sacred music by Schelle (one of Bach's predecessors in the post of Kantor in Leipzig's famous Thomas Church) brings together a top-flight group of soloists and a large and colourful assembly of instrumentalists, and presents remarkable and splendidly varied music which not only stands up proudly in its own musical right, but also greatly enhances our understanding of Bach's own sacred writing. GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 'Anyone who has yet to investigate King's indispensable 'Bach's Contemporaries' should rectify the omission without a moment's further ado. Start with this treasure of a disc, then investigate the Kuhnau, Knüpfer and Zelenka. By that time you'll be ready to get down onto your knees and pray for further additions to the series' (Goldberg) 'The man who is gifting this superlative disc to his friends is doing them the greatest favor imaginable. It contains an absolute treasure trove whose only common denominator is the high quality throughout every one of these nine works ... King's fervent espousal of Schelle's marvelous music is apparent in every bar of this flawless disc' (Fanfare, USA)
Works on This Recording
1. Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele by Johann Schelle
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1688 ; Leipzig, Germany
2. Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet by Johann Schelle
Performer: Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Germany
3. Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir by Johann Schelle
Performer: James Gilchrist (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Peter Harvey (Bass), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Germany
4. Herr, lehre uns bedenken by Johann Schelle
Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Leipzig, Germany
5. Gott, sende dein Licht by Johann Schelle
Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Leipzig, Germany
6. Komm, Jesu, komm by Johann Schelle
Performer: Gary Cooper (Chamber Organ)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1684 ; Leipzig, Germany
7. Christus, der ist mein Leben for 5 Voices, 4 Violins, 4 Violas, Bassoon and Basso continuo by Johann Schelle
Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass), Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 1688-1689 ; Leipzig, Germany
8. Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende by Johann Schelle
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1684 ;
9. Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar by Johann Schelle
Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor: Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 1688-1689 ; Leipzig, Germany
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