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16th Century Lutheran Hymns, "Luther in Music"; Works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Reger / Ludwig Güttler; Friedrich Kircheis; Daniel Chnider; Camilla Nylund; Peter Schreier; Henryk Bohm; Oliver Widmer

Album Summary

>Güttler, Ludwig : Partita on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," for brass ensemble & timpani
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248
>Jacobi, Christian August : Weihnachtskantate "Der Himmel steht uns wieder offen"
>Güttler, Ludwig : Partita on "Vom Himmel hoch," for brass ensemble
>Krebs, Johann Ludwig : Gott der Vater Wohn Uns Bei, chorale prelude for trumpet & organ
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Prelude for organ ("Vater unser im Himmelreich"), Op. 67/41
>Kleemann, Matthias : Konzert für Trompete und Orgel
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kantate " Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kantate "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben", BWV 169
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liuther-Choral "Verleih uns Frieden", Messe in h-Moll, BWV 232
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Prelude for organ ("Es ist das Heil uns kommen"), Op. 67/10
>Langlais, Jean : Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, chorale setting for brass ensmble & organ
>Schnyder, Daniel : Oratorium "Eine Feste Burg"
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new release opens an unusually varied chapter in music history, ranging from the first 16th-century arrangements of Luther's hymns to the sacred music of the 21st century. The initiator of this development was in every sense a man of his word: Martin Luther. The sequence of works on this release can be understood as an audio history of one of the most important hymns of the Protestant Reformation: "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott." The hymn first appeared in 1533 in Martin Luther's book "Sacred songs newly amended at Wittemberg. Over the following centuries, many composers re-set and rearranged the work. Martin Luther wrote several dozen hymns for all the Christian festivals too. "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" (1535) is one of his best known. Some of the adaptations by Eccard, Praetorius or Bach (from the "Christmas Oratorio") are to be heard on this release. Schooled in the Protestant tradition, the trumpeter and conductor Ludwig Güttler regards Luther as a constant point of reference. He acknowledges the great reformer's current relevance: "A man like Martin Luther, who in the face of all opposition finds a way, goes his own way, with this faith in God, this strength, this fearlessness, insight and perseverance, and who never wearies of praising music as second only to theology, makes use of it and reveals himself as a thoroughly musical person, is more than role model and inspiration for us; he is our strong companion." A world premiere and first recording top the album off. The composer, saxophonist and flautist Daniel Schnyder engages with Luther's "Feste Burg" and creates his own version in the musical form of an oratorio. This work was commissioned by the Frauenkirche Dresden to mark the Luther Decade.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ev. Kirche Crostau (1982); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (1982); Lukaskirche Dresden (1982); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (1982); Schleswig, Germany (1982); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (1982); Ev. Kirche Crostau (1983); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (1983); Lukaskirche Dresden (1983); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (1983); Schleswig, Germany (1983); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (1983); Ev. Kirche Crostau (1984); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (1984); Lukaskirche Dresden (1984); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (1984); Schleswig, Germany (1984); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (1984); Ev. Kirche Crostau (1991); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (1991); Lukaskirche Dresden (1991); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (1991); Schleswig, Germany (1991); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (1991); Ev. Kirche Crostau (1993); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (1993); Lukaskirche Dresden (1993); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (1993); Schleswig, Germany (1993); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (1993); Ev. Kirche Crostau (1995); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (1995); Lukaskirche Dresden (1995); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (1995); Schleswig, Germany (1995); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (1995); Ev. Kirche Crostau (2000); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (2000); Lukaskirche Dresden (2000); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (2000); Schleswig, Germany (2000); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (2000); Ev. Kirche Crostau (2007); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (2007); Lukaskirche Dresden (2007); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (2007); Schleswig, Germany (2007); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (2007); Ev. Kirche Crostau (2013); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (2013); Lukaskirche Dresden (2013); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (2013); Schleswig, Germany (2013); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (2013); Ev. Kirche Crostau (2014); Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany (2014); Lukaskirche Dresden (2014); Paul-Gerherdt-Kirche Leipzig (2014); Schleswig, Germany (2014); Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany (2014).



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Works Details

>Güttler, Ludwig : Partita on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," for brass ensemble & timpani
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Blechbläserensemble
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184
  • Performer: Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 :: Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall
  • Conductor: Herbert Bock
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 :: Wir singen dir in deinem Heer
  • Conductor: Herbert Bock
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 :: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein
  • Conductor: Herbert Bock
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1734

>Jacobi, Christian August : Weihnachtskantate "Der Himmel steht uns wieder offen" :: Choral, So merket nun das Zeichen recht
  • Performers: Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet); Peter Schreier
  • Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
  • Ensemble: Cappella Sagittariana
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Güttler, Ludwig : Partita on "Vom Himmel hoch," for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Blechbläserensemble
  • Notes: Lukaskirche Dresden (1982); Lukaskirche Dresden (1983)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Krebs, Johann Ludwig : Gott der Vater Wohn Uns Bei, chorale prelude for trumpet & organ
  • Performers: Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet); Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211
  • Performer: Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
  • Performer: Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Prelude for organ ("Vater unser im Himmelreich"), Op. 67/41
  • Performer: Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Kleemann, Matthias : Konzert für Trompete und Orgel :: 2. Satz
  • Performers: Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet); Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kantate " Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169 :: Sinfonia für konzertierende Orgel und Orcheste
  • Performer: Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kantate "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben", BWV 169 :: Schluss-Choral
  • Conductor: Alexander Gosch
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 :: Er ist auf Erden kommen arm
  • Performer: Oliver Widmer (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Bock
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liuther-Choral "Verleih uns Frieden", Messe in h-Moll, BWV 232 :: Dona nobis pacem
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Prelude for organ ("Es ist das Heil uns kommen"), Op. 67/10
  • Performers: Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet); Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Langlais, Jean : Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, chorale setting for brass ensmble & organ
  • Performer: Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Blechbläserensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schnyder, Daniel : Oratorium "Eine Feste Burg" :: Teil I
  • Performers: Henryk Böhm (Baritone); Friedrich Kircheis (Organ); Camilla Nylund (Soprano); Daniel Schnyder (Flute)
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Violoncello-Quartett Der Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012-2013