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Christoph Graupner: Christmas Cantatas / Winter, Vitzthum, Kobow, Flaig

Album Summary

>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Frohlocke, werte Christenheit, cantata
>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Der Herr hat mich gehabt im Anfang, cantata
>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Das Licht des Lebens scheinet hell, cantata
>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Das Licht scheinet in der Finsternis, cantata
>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, cantata
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

At least during the first half of the eighteenth century the court of the Landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt was a match for the magnificence and variety of musical development in renowned music centers such Mannheim and Hamburg. The Darmstadt court orchestra must have maintained a very high musical level of excellence. For five decades the court chapel master Christoph Graupner exercised absolute rule in this musical domain. He was a universal mind and a highly inventive and original composer who unfortunately much too early fell into oblivion. CPO has now for the second time (the first being CPO 999592) teamed up with Hermann Max and his baroque orchestra Das Kleine Konzert to do their part to deliver him from this fate with a recording of five of his Christmas cantatas. In his compositions, even on feast days, Graupner usually limited himself to a somewhat unusual ensemble with soprano, alto, and tenor parts (that is, without bass) - which shows that at the time Darmstadt court church music eiter was not or could not be performed chorally. Features of his elegant late style are already in evidence in his cantatas from the 1740s. Here a composer of the late baroque - like his friend Telemann - has set out in quest of new expressive possibilities - to our great listening pleasure!

"This is fascinating music and the extensive booklet-notes are helpful...The recordings, all of which seem to originate from Austrian Radio, are consistently excellent." -International Record Review

"The opening Sommernacht is an early, attractive baritone setting of a poem by the little-known Baron Detlev von Liliencron. Satz für Kammerorchester is a fascinating exercise in brevity, lasting a mere 65 seconds, but a satisfying opus. The Persian Ballet is 19 minutes of lively, tonal, sharply coloured invention." -Sunday Times***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010).



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>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Frohlocke, werte Christenheit, cantata
  • Performers: Markus Flaig (Bass); Jan Kobow (Tenor); Veronika Winter (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Das kleine Konzert
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Der Herr hat mich gehabt im Anfang, cantata
  • Performer: Jan Kobow (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Das kleine Konzert
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Das Licht des Lebens scheinet hell, cantata
  • Performer: Markus Flaig (Bass)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Das kleine Konzert
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Das Licht scheinet in der Finsternis, cantata
  • Performer: Jan Kobow (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Das kleine Konzert
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, cantata
  • Performers: Markus Flaig (Bass); Jan Kobow (Tenor); Veronika Winter (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Das kleine Konzert
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/27/2010-01/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas