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Hummel: Der Durchzug durchs rote Meer / Max, Kermes, et al

Album Summary

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Der Durchzug durchs rote Meer, oratorio, WoO 11, S. 33
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Only a year ago, an article in a major German music encyclopedia told us [this work] was no longer in existence. There were no performances in Hummel's lifetime, and there is no record of when he wrote it. It is assumed to come from his period of employment with the Esterhazys, when he wrote his other sacred works (1804-11). It is clearly modeled on Haydn's oratorios. It is also unusual that the chorus punctuates most solo arias. Only one, a duet between Moses and Aaron, involves more than one singer. The anonymous text is based on Psalm 130 and Exodus 6-15. The scoring is also varied and at one point adds pairs of flutes, horns, and a guitar and harp to the solo strings. There is a fine musical polish on the score. It turns out to be one of Hummel's most unusual works. Hermann Max and his forces are a polished group of period instrumentalists. They give a spontaneous and fresh performance. The chorus consists of 24 singers. The notes are very fine and the recorded sound is superb." -ARG


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>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Der Durchzug durchs rote Meer, oratorio, WoO 11, S. 33
  • Performers: Ekkehard Abele (Bass); Wolf Friedrich (Bass); Simone Kermes (Soprano); Hans-Jorg Mammel (Voice); Veronika Winter (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Ensemble: Das Kleine Konzert
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1800-1810
  • Studio/Live: Live