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Over twelve years ago Carus re discovered the composer Gottfried August Homilius - longtime choirmaster of the famous Dresden Kreuzkirche. After two very successful releases of music for Passion (St. John Passion & Passion Cantata) the world premier recording of St. Marc Passion presents sensitive arias, unusual orchestral sounds and expressive turba choruses.
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It's striking how much this Passion by Homilius sounds like the passions and oratorios of J.S. Bach at times, especially in the choruses, but also in the recitatives. This new recording of the St. Mark Passion HoWV I.10 by Gottfried August Homilius (1714-1785) is an important release that should not slip by any collector unnoticed; it has been released by Carus and is the world premiere recording... ... read more ...
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
This is the first recording of Gottfried August Homilius's St Mark Passion. Homilius (1714- 85) had been a student of JS Bach in Leipzig before making his way (back) to Dresden, where he worked first as organist in the Frauenkirche (1742) and then as the city's Kreuzkantor (1755). The structure of Homilius's passion oratorio on the gospel of Mark shows striking resemblance to Bach's passions, especially in the sequence of choruses and Lutheran chorales, interwoven with dramatic recitatives and arias. The sound of horns, for example, is more modern. Listen, for example, to Jesus' aria 'Mit Preis und Ruhm Gekront', sung by Thomas Laske (baritone). the arias 'Er hat Dich Erretten Wollen' and 'Er Will Leiden' bear a pastoral suavity, with flutes and a calming triple meter. This is sheer delight. The chorus is spot on with its intonation and expression. The soloists are brilliant, balancing affect with technical virtuosity and ornamentation. The orchestra plays as if of a single mind, matching their ornamentation and articulation.
International Record Review, July/August 2013
The Basler Madrigalisten performs them with grace, precision and energy despite being, at least in Early Music terms, quite a large choir...Hans Jorg Mammel is a very experienced Bach singers and he does a fine job here as the Evangelist - sounding more polished and suave, in fact, than I have heard him for some time...I will return to this recording with pleasure.
The Basler Madrigalisten are a vocal ensemble of twenty voices and sing the turbae in a fitting dramatic fashion. The chorales are often a weak spot in recordings of works like this, but not here. Words and phrases are effectively singled out...This recording shows why Homilius was considered the greatest German composer of sacred music in his time. It is a worthy addition to the repertoire for Passiontide.
Recording information: Reformierte Kirche Arlesheim (03/26/2012-03/29/2012).
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Works DetailsHomilius, Gottfried A. : St. Mark Passion, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
- Performers: Thomas Laske (Baritone); Hans-Jorg Mammel (Voice); Monika Mauch (Soprano)
- Conductor: Fritz Naf
- Notes: Reformierte Kirche Arlesheim (03/26/2012-03/29/2012)
- Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque