Notes & Reviews:
The Cologne Academy led by Michael Alexander Willens present on CD the first of Johann Wilhelm Hertel's ten fully dimensioned sacred passion cantatas, Der sterbende Heiland (The Dying Savior) of 1764. The musical style of Hertel's cantata is distinguished, first, by a strong affinity to baroque tone painting, and, second, by unconventionality and impulsiveness in the harmonic sphere. Johann Friedrich Loewen, the librettist, rher educed the passion narrative to its most highly affective moments.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Der Sterbende Heiland is a deeply pietistic work based on a libretto by Johann Friedrich L÷wen. This is clear from the text of the first chorale, which proclaims, "I will stand at your cross". Hertel demands passionate singing from his soloists and an ability to express a variety of emotions. Some of the recitatives and arias are also technically demanding. Berit Solset brings off this effect beautifully, swooping from one part of her register to another. The energy Andreas Wolf expends in these passages shows off the sheer strength of his performance.
Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/10/2013-01/13/2013).
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- Conductor: Michael Willens
- Ensemble: Kolner Akademie
- Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (01/10/2013-01/13/2013)
- Period Time: Classical