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Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652-1732): Sacred Concertos; Cantatas / Weser-Renaissance, Cordes

Album Summary

>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Nun ist des Satans Macht gefallet, cantata
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Ach, ich elender Mensch, cantata
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Herr, wer wird wohnen, for soloists & ensemble
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Meine Augen rinnen mit Wasserbachen, cantata
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Der Herr hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir, cantata
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Jesu, du hast weggenommen, cantata
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Weh denen, die auf Erden wohnen, cantata
>Fortsch, Johann Philipp : Nun dancket alle Gott, der groáe Dinge tut, cantata
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Notes & Reviews:

Gottorf Castle in Schleswig is not only one of Schleswig-Holstein's most important architectural monuments but also a culturally significant site inasmuch as it was within its walls that the chapel masters of the local court ensemble once exercised their duties. Following Vol. 1 and its sacred cantatas by Augustin Pfleger (cpo 777 801-2), our new series featuring Music for Gottorf Castle continues with Vol. 2: here the WESER-RENAISSANCE ensemble under Manfred Cordes turns to cantatas and sacred concertos by Johann Philipp Förtsch, who was the Gottorf chapel master during 1680-84 and one of the particularly colorful musical personalities of his time. As an opera singer, librettist, and composer, Förtsch was a pioneer in the field of the German-language opera (with the Hamburg Opera House, founded in 1678, forming its center). Any attempt to do justice to Förtsch's artistic multifacetedness would have to highlight three aspects: his work in various genres for court performance, the transfer of his opera experience to sacred music, and his work with sacred songs. Splendid compositions featuring all sorts of different forms open and conclude this recording; these were works in which the court trumpeters were called on to participate. Such tone color was also a must for "Nun danket alle Gott" (set to a biblical text from the Book of Sirach): a court composition in honor of the heavenly king and crowned with an alleluia. Tonal magic of a special kind results when this work is performed in its original setting. The Gottorf Castle Church, its interior so richly endowed with wood carvings, hardly produces echo effects, so that even the rich string part remains transparent into its middle voices, and over it the soft, baroque trumpet sound unfolds in all its glory.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Harry van der Kamp has the perfect voice for this - low, rich, and agile. The string ensemble adds considerably, both through the virtuosic display of the violins and the gorgeous lamenting character of the bass viols. It is a lovely recording, complete with texts and notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013).



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>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Nun ist des Satans Macht gefället, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Ach, ich elender Mensch, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Herr, wer wird wohnen, for soloists & ensemble
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Meine Augen rinnen mit Wasserbächen, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Der Herr hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Jesu, du hast weggenommen, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Weh denen, die auf Erden wohnen, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652 - 1732) : Nun dancket alle Gott, der groáe Dinge tut, cantata
  • Conductor: Manfred Cordes
  • Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance
  • Notes: Schlosskappelle im Schloss Gottorf (05/02/2013-05/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque