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Abendmusik: Cantatas for Solo Bass by Rosenmuller, Bruhns, Tunder, Weckmann. J.C. Bach / Mauro Borgioni, bass; Accademia Hermans

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Wie bist du denn, O Gott, vocal concerto
>Tunder, Franz : Da mihi, Domine, for bass, 5 strings & continuo
>Krieger, Johann Philipp : Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D minor
>Rosenmüller, Johann : De Lamentatione, motet for bass & continuo
>Schop, Johann : Paduan à 6
>Bruhns, Nicolaus : De Profundis Clamavi, sacred concerto for voice, 2 violins & continuo
>Weckmann, Matthias : Kommet her zu mir alle, for bass voice, 2 violins, 2 viola da gamba & continuo
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the last few years there has been an increasing focus on record and in scholarship on sacred music composed for the Lutheran tradition in the generations before J.S. Bach, and this disc shows a fine variety of accomplished voices. There is Bach's second cousin, Johann Christoph, whom JS acknowledged as 'a profound composer' whose Wie bist du den, O Gott is a five-movement lament of arioso writing exploring the expressive regions of guilt and grief that would later be so characteristic of the younger man's sacred language. Then there are other names now reasonably well-known to us - Tunder, Bruhns and Rosenmüller principal among them - who were active in North German cities as Kapellmeisters and composers. Interspersed with them are a trio sonata by Krieger and, to momentarily lift the mood, an instrumental Paduana by the now little-known Johann Schop, The disc concludes with one of the few extant works by the Hamburg-based musician Matthias Weckmann. The overall mood is solemn as one might expect from the composers' use of the bass as a voice of authority and profundity, but elevated by their mastery of expressive dissonance to paint graphic equivalents in music of the emotions implied by the anonymous sacred texts. Each piece has the merit of brevity as well as direct emotional appeal to the listener. These forces have previously recorded a disc of cantatas by Agostino Steffani, the composer made famous by Cecilia Bartoli's recordings. The bass soloist Mauro Borgioni specialises in early music, having worked with luminaries of the historically-informed performance scene such as Rinaldo Alessandrini and Claudio Cavina. In late 17th century Germany the Abendmusik (Evening music) was a social evening gathering of citizens in the church, accompanied first by an organ recital, later developing into more substantial sacred concerts, focusing on the genre of the Cantata for solo bass and ensemble, the severe and evocative timbre of the bass being a perfect expression of Lutheran doctrine. This new recording features Bass cantatas by Johann Christoph Bach, Tunder, Rosenmüller, Bruhns and Weckmann, with instrumental interludes of sonatas by Krieger and Schop. The impressive and sonorous bass of Mauro Borgioni is accompanied by the Accademia Hermans, an Italian Early Music group, led by Fabio Ciofini, featuring violin, viola da gamba, cello, theorbo and organ. Excellent liner notes are included in the booklet, as well as the full specifications of the historical Hermans organ of 1678.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The performances here are highly creditable. Baritone Mauro Borgioni, who has extensive experience in early baroque opera, has a substantial, yet lithe enough to deliver the often florid passages heard here. The instrumental ensemble Accademia Hermans was founded in 2000 by organist Fabio Ciofini. Most of the vocal music here calls for an accompaniment of one or two violins, one or two gambas, and continuo.

The recording was made at the Collegiate Church of St Maria Maggiore in Collescipoli. The single-manual organ there dates from 1678, built by the Flemish builder Willelm Hermans, who worked mainly in Italy, where he is estimated to have built around 90 instruments. Only two survive. As heard here, the organ has a beautiful refined tone. Where a continuo harmony instrument most often supplies a relatively unobtrusive harmonic support to the obbligato writing, here the organ tone is quite prominent, sometimes dominating the ensemble sound. Ciofini often makes changes of registration in a piece or even in a movement. This is especially so in Rosenmüller's De Lamentatione. I can recommend this recording to listeners curious to hear these rarities of sacred music from the generation before JS Bach.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Ital (04/06/2014-04/08/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Christoph : Wie bist du denn, O Gott, vocal concerto
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Tunder, Franz : Da mihi, Domine, for bass, 5 strings & continuo
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Krieger, Johann Philipp : Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D minor
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Rosenmüller, Johann : De Lamentatione, motet for bass & continuo
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schop, Johann : Paduan à 6
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bruhns, Nicolaus : De Profundis Clamavi, sacred concerto for voice, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1690s

>Weckmann, Matthias : Kommet her zu mir alle, for bass voice, 2 violins, 2 viola da gamba & continuo
  • Performer: Mauro Borgioni
  • Ensemble: Accademia Hermans
  • Notes: The Collegiata di S. Maria Maggiore, Collescipoli, Italy (04/06/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque