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Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio, Die Heilsam Geburt; Magnificat

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>Mattheson, Johann : Der fur die Sunde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Mattheson, Johann : Magnificat, for 2 choruses

Album Summary

>Mattheson, Johann : Der fur die Sunde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Mattheson, Johann : Magnificat, for 2 choruses
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Notes & Reviews:

For a long time Johann Mattheson was the "known unknown" among the composers of the eighteenth century. His name was frequently cited but always as an important music theorist and the author of Der vollkommene Capellmeister, an elegantly written depiction of the musical aesthetics and compositional and performance practices of his time. He too, however, was a diligent practitioner, and during his years as cathedral music director at the Hamburg Cathedral (1715-28) he wrote important compositions continuing to be absolute listening musts even today. CPO has already rescued two of his oratorios from oblivion, and our third coup includes the grand Magnificat of 1716 and the Christmas oratorio Die heilsame Geburt. Both works display Mattheson's special strengths: changing instrumental and vocal combinations full of color clearly exhibiting his delight in experimentation and compositional virtuosity, with his sacred music deriving inspiration from the innovations of the early eighteenth-century opera - one more highlight in our alternative Christmas edition!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk, Kammermusiksaal (11/09/2009-11/12/2009).



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>Mattheson, Johann : Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Stephan MacLeod (Bass); Andreas Post (Tenor); Nicki Kennedy (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Cologne Academy
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk, Kammermusiksaal (11/09/2009-11/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Mattheson, Johann : Magnificat, for 2 choruses
  • Performers: Stephan MacLeod (Bass); Andreas Post (Tenor); Nicki Kennedy (Soprano); Johannes Gsanger; Sven Hansen
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Cologne Academy
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk, Kammermusiksaal (11/09/2009-11/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque