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Heart & Soul: Devotional music from the German Baroque by J.C. Bach; Rosenmuller, Bernhard, Buxtehude, Becker, Krieger, Scheidt et al. / Ryland Angel, countertenor; Matthew Dirst, organ & harpsichord

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte, vocal concerto
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 10 à 5 (Nürnberg 1682)
>Bernhard, Christoph : Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele, for voice, 2 violins & continuo
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren, BuxWV 213
>Krieger, Adam : Der Liebe Macht herrscht Tag und Nacht, aria
>Becker, Dietrich : Suite à 5, for 2 violins, 3 violas da gamba & continuo (from Musikalische Frühlingsfrüchte)
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
>Krieger, Johann Philipp : O Jesu, du mein Leben
>Scheidt, Samuel : Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, for organ
>Erlebach, Philipp Heinrich : Trocknet euch ihr heißen Zähren, aria for voice, strings & continuo
>Becker, Dietrich : Paduana à 5 [i], for 2 violins, viola, viola da braccio, violon & continuo (from Musikalische Frühli
>Krieger, Adam : Der hat gesiegt, den Gott vergnügt, aria
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the time of J.S. Bach, religion in general, and devotional music in particular, were a far more embedded and important aspect of people’s everyday lives, and the number of composers needed to meet the demands of the many church services was considerable. Heart & Soul: Devotional Music from the German Baroque, casts light on some of the more important but also more, varyingly obscure figures providing the music necessary, excluding Bach himself but inclusive of a great uncle, Johann Christoph, as well as Buxtehude, Scheidt and others than active. Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston is an ensemble dedicated to high caliber, historically-informed performances of 17th-18th c. music. Since 2000 Houston’s classical music scene has expanded significantly; the organization’s growing list of commercial recordings have earned a Grammy® nomination and have brought international attention to Houston as an early music center. The British counter-tenor Ryland Angel has built an international reputation on both the opera and concert stage, in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to new operatic commissions. “His voice cradle one’s self in this delicious sound to imagine how the songs of the heavenly cherubs expressed similar enchantments.” (Opera Magazine)

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Matthew Dirst, Ryland Angel, and Ars Lyrica Houston offer a varied program of vocal and instrumental music from the German Baroque. They emphasize 17th Century repertory, including works by Buxtehude, Krieger, Scheidt, Rosenmüller, Erlebach, Bernhard, Dietrich Becker, and Johann Christoph Bach. The program reflects some of the currency of this music, particularly of the arias of Bach, among several ensembles making recordings over the past decade or more. For example, Michael Chance (Chandos 675, Nov/Dec 2001) and Gerard Lesne (Astrée 8873, Sept/Oct 2002) have recorded Christoph Bach's evocative Ach, Dass Ich Wassers Gnug Hätte. Ryland Angel has also recorded it with The Holy Trinity Bach Players (Deux-Elles 1147; Sept/Oct 2013. Both of Angel's recordings take a slower tempo, which I rather like because it allows Bach's delightful harmonies to linger in the ear. Slow tempos challenge performers to sustain the tension of the music. I would only say that The Holy Trinity Bach Players achieve a slightly wider dynamic range in their performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas (02/2013).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte, vocal concerto
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 10 à 5 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bernhard, Christoph : Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele, for voice, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren, BuxWV 213
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Krieger, Adam : Der Liebe Macht herrscht Tag und Nacht, aria
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Becker, Dietrich : Suite à 5, for 2 violins, 3 violas da gamba & continuo (from Musikalische Frühlingsfrüchte)
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Krieger, Johann Philipp : O Jesu, du mein Leben
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Scheidt, Samuel : Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, for organ
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Erlebach, Philipp Heinrich : Trocknet euch ihr heißen Zähren, aria for voice, strings & continuo
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Becker, Dietrich : Paduana à 5 [i], for 2 violins, viola, viola da braccio, violon & continuo (from Musikalische Frühli
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Krieger, Adam : Der hat gesiegt, den Gott vergnügt, aria
  • Performers: Ryland Angel (Countertenor); Matthew Dirst (Harpsichord); Matthew Dirst (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ars Lyrica Houston
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque