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Graun: Te Deum, Motets / Fritz Näf

Album Summary

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Te Deum, for 4 voices, chorus & orchestra
>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Herr, ich habe lieb die Stätte deines Hauses, motet for choir
>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Lasset und freuen und fröhlich sein, motet for choir
>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Machet die Tore weit, motet for 2 choirs
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Notes & Reviews:

True to the lyrical sensibility of his musical language, Graun counters the pompous character of other Te Deum settings and does without "loud" instruments, calling for a mere two flutes, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, strings, and basso continuo. The effective alternation between choral parts of big sound and arias produces a colorful and varied musical interplay and an intensity stirring the emotions. The choir begins the work with the festive "Te Deum laudamus" opening number, and Graun on the whole assigns a preeminent role to the choir in this work. Three exemplary motets comparable to Bach's motets in their dimensions and elaboration round off the recording. The soloists Monika Mauch, Elisabeth von Magnus, Bernhard Gaertner, and Klaus Mertens, the members of L'arpa festante performing on historical instruments, and the Basel Madrigalists under the conductor Felix Naef interpret all these works with a fine touch and in all their rich nuances.



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>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Te Deum, for 4 voices, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Bernhard Gärtner; Elisabeth Magnus (Mezzo-Soprano); Monika Mauch (Soprano); Klaus Mertens (Bass)
  • Conductor: Fritz Naf
  • Ensemble: L'Arpa Festante
  • Running Time: 43 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Herr, ich habe lieb die Stätte deines Hauses, motet for choir
  • Performers: Bernhard Gärtner; Elisabeth Magnus (Mezzo-Soprano); Monika Mauch (Soprano); Klaus Mertens (Bass)
  • Conductor: Fritz Naf
  • Ensemble: L'Arpa Festante
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Lasset und freuen und fröhlich sein, motet for choir
  • Performers: Bernhard Gärtner; Elisabeth Magnus (Mezzo-Soprano); Monika Mauch (Soprano); Klaus Mertens (Bass)
  • Conductor: Fritz Naf
  • Ensemble: L'Arpa Festante
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Machet die Tore weit, motet for 2 choirs
  • Performers: Francine Acolas; Christophe Gindraux; Philipp Heizmann; Jean Knutti; Jürgen Orelly; Catherine Sidney
  • Conductor: Fritz Naf
  • Ensemble: L'Arpa Festante
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical