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Carl Heinrich Graun: Easter Oratorio / Koufochristou, Saskova, Kobow, Wolf. Kolner Akademie, Willens

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> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Siehe, es hat uberwunden der Lowe (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Accompagnato: O susser Ostertrost (Alto)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Jesum suchen und nicht finden (Alto)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Recitative: Doch, wie der Heiland des Verlorne suchte (Tenor)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Zerstreute Schafe, sammelt euch (Tenor)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Recitative: Lebt Jesus, was ist man betrubt (Bass)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Seele, freue dich mit Zittern (Bass)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part I: Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Selig sind, die nicht sehen und doch glauben (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Recitative: Ich sehe dich zwar nicht, mein Jesu, so (Alto)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Mein herz singt dir jetzt Freudenlieder (Alto)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Recitative: Zwar wollen alle meine Seelenfeinde (Bass)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Trotzet, ihre Feinde, vereinigt zusammen (Bass)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Tod, Sund, Teufel, Leben und Gnad (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Jesus ist erstanden (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Sagt's den Jungern, saget's allen (Tenor)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Accompagnato: O grossr Holl- und Todesuberwinder (Bass)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Die Menschen haben beigetragen (Bass)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Accompagnato: Wir wollen aber jetzt zum leeren Grabe gehen (Soprano)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: O seliger Wandel, wo Jesus mitwandelt (Soprano)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part II: Trost' auch andere fromme Seelen (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part III: Der Herr ist wahrhaftig auferstanden (Chorus)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part III: Accompagnato: Zuletzt, o Jesu lass deiner Auferstehung Wahrheit (Tenor)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part III: Ach, mein Jesu! ach bleib bei uns (Soprano, Tenor)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part III: Recitative: Indessen wollen wir dein Siegesfest (Tenor)
> Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) - Part III: Schlusschoral: Nun singet all' zu dieser Frist (Choral)

Album Summary

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio), for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The world premiere recording of Graun's Easter Oratorio, interpreted on historical instruments by the Kolner Akademie led by Willens. The music is imaginative and festive and displays a musical affinity to Bach's cantata oeuvre. The more complex, more finely crafted melodic formation stands out significantly from the simplicity of Graun's later works.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Orchestra, chorus and soloists are evenly superb, performing with an extraordinary uniformity of color and expression. The result is a clarity and fine-grained texture that allows us to hear Graun's music in the best possible light, and cpo has engineered the remarkably realistic sound-space that the performance deserves... Maestro Willens graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions regarding this recording. You can click on the Interview tab above [on the ExpeditionAudio.com website] to read that brief interview. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The Easter Oratorio is a rarity even among the works of Graun. The work is a cycle of four church cantatas intended to be performed on the first three days of Easter and the Sunday following. In the special category of "Historia", there would be a combination of narration with devotional commentary, as in Bach's Christmas Oratorio. In contrast, the Easter Oratorio is very much a part of the late baroque period in style and technique. The introduction to the opening chorus of the first cantata could almost pass for Bach. Graun's instrumentation is very colorful, with especially florid writing for brass and woodwind. The performance is everything we expect from first-rate early music artists. The vocal soloists have the appropriate weight and tone for this music and seem to be entirely at home with it stylistically.

The Guardian, 11th April 2014
Arduous vocal writing, both solo and choral, suggests that Graun had impressive singers at his disposal. The challenges are variably met here: tenor Jan Kobow is at his limits in places, though there's a particularly fine contribution from bass-baritone Andreas Wolf. The choral singing is notably beautiful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/25/2012-11/27/2012).


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Works Details

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio), for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Kolner Akademie
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/25/2012-11/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical