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Johannes Nucius (1556-1620): Sacred Music - Motets, 'Vestiva I Colli' Mass / Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble

Album Summary

>Nucius, Johannes : Salve Regina, motet in 2 parts for 6 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Orto Iam Sole, motet for 4 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Ecce Dominus Veniet, motet for 5 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Hodie Nobis Cailorum Rex, motet for 5 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Missa "Vestiva i colli," for 5 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Missus Est Angelus, motet for 4-5 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Ave Maria
>Nucius, Johannes : Dixit Autem Maria
>Nucius, Johannes : Mitten wir im Leben sind, motet for 5 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Laudate Pueri Dominum, motet for 6 voices
>Nucius, Johannes : Freut euch, ihr Auserwählte(n), Christmas motet of "Cantiones Sacrae"
>Nucius, Johannes : Tu Es Petrus, motet for 8 voices
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The choir, familiar now from many earlier records, embraces the composer's aesthetic with fervor. Hearing these performances, we can well believe that annotator's assertion that Nucius was "in Silesia the chief exponent of Counter-Reformation Catholic church music." Worth hearing." -Fanfare

All the printed mass compositions of Johannes Nucius were destroyed by fire in the Himmelwitz Monastery in Upper Silesia in 1617. Copies had been made from two of them earlier, but these manuscripts were destroyed by fire during World War II. Our premiere recording of the Missa Vestiva i Colli, the sole survivor among other composer's masses, goes back to another copy made during those troubled times.

Johannes Nucius, an abbot and an exponent of Roman Catholic sacred music in Silesia around 1600, published many of his works in Prague and Liegnitz. Among these works: more than one hundred motets still exist today. His treatise on composition of 1613 brought him lasting fame and continues to offer us a fascinating glimpse into his compositional workshop.

The Alsfelder Vokal ensemble was founded in 1971 by Wolfgang Helbich as a mixed choir of up to sixty singers from throughout Germany who regularly come together for rehearsal sessions. Numerous concert tours, recordings, and radio and television productions have brought critical and public acclaim for its homogeneity of sound and sureness of style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Gereonskirche Sengwarden (01/1993).



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Works Details

>Nucius, Johannes : Salve Regina, motet in 2 parts for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Ensemble: Alsfelder, Vokalensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Orto Iam Sole, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Ecce Dominus Veniet, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Hodie Nobis Cailorum Rex, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Missa "Vestiva i colli," for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Missus Est Angelus, motet for 4-5 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Nucius, Johannes : Dixit Autem Maria
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Nucius, Johannes : Mitten wir im Leben sind, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Laudate Pueri Dominum, motet for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Nucius, Johannes : Freut euch, ihr Auserwählte(n), Christmas motet of "Cantiones Sacrae"
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Nucius, Johannes : Tu Es Petrus, motet for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral