Notes & Reviews:
During his lifetime, Reinhard Keiser was a celebrated opera composer. What is less well-known is his influence on the nascent genre of the Passion Oratorio. Keiser's St. Mark Passion of 1717 clearly shows the composer's operatic background as well as his firm grasp of dramatic and melodic diversity. J.S. Bach so admired the work that he performed Keiser's St. Mark Passion in both Weimar and Leipzig. This release featuring the combined forces of Gli incogniti and the Ensemble Jacques Moderne conducted by Joel Suhubiette offer a fresh look at this seminal work of the sacred repertoire.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The performance itself is expressive and moving, with excellent contributions from Kobow and Bauer. The aria soloists are also very good, except for tenor Stephan Van Dyck, who persists in singing slightly under pitch in 'Wein, ach, wein'. Both the Jacques Moderne Ensemble (12 singers) and Gli Incogniti are very fine under Joel Suhubiette's supple, sensitive direction. A fine production with excellent sound, very informative notes. and trilingual text.
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Works DetailsKeiser, Reinhard : St. Mark Passion
- Performers: Thomas Bauer (Baritone); Jan Kobow (Tenor)
- Conductor: Joël Suhubiette
- Ensemble: Gli Incogniti
- Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque