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Johann Wilhelm Hertel: The Dying Savior (1764) / Berit Solset, Nicholas Mulroy, Andreas Wolf. Willens
Johann Wilhelm Hertel: The Dying Savior (1764) / Berit Solset, Nicholas Mulroy, Andreas Wolf. Willens

1 CD / CPO / 2014-05-27

Works: Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Der sterbende Heiland, passion cantata
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Kolner Akademie

The Cologne Academy led by Michael Alexander Willens present on CD the first of Johann Wilhelm Hertel's ten fully dimensioned sacred passion cantatas, Der sterbende...continue...
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Luigi Cherubini: Cantatas / Mailys de Villoutreys, Andreas Karasiak, Ursula Eittinger
Luigi Cherubini: Cantatas / Mailys de Villoutreys, Andreas Karasiak, Ursula Eittinger

1 CD / CPO / 2014-01-28

Works: Luigi Cherubini: Clytemnestre, cantata for voice & orchestra; La mort de Mirabeau, choruses (3) of incidental music; Circé, cantata for alto & orchestra; Amphion, cantata for tenor & orchestra
Performers: Karasiak, Andreas; Villoutreys, Maïlys de
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie

  • This CD presents largely unknown works in the form of four French cantatas and choral pieces, none inferior to Cherubini's better known repertoire.
  • Beethoven considered
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Johann Willhelm Hertel: Die Geburt Jesu Christi/ Berit Solset, Alexandra Rawohl, Marcus Ullmann. Willens
Johann Willhelm Hertel: Die Geburt Jesu Christi/ Berit Solset, Alexandra Rawohl, Marcus Ullmann. Willens

1 CD / CPO / 2013-11-19

Works: Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Die Geburt Jesu Christi, Christmas oratorio, for 3 soloists, chorus & orchestra
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Kolner Akademie

The Koelner Akademie under the conductor Michael Alexander Willens presents a compelling interpretation of the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Wilhelm Hertel. The former 'Court and...continue...
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Carl Heinrich Graun: Easter Oratorio / Koufochristou, Saskova, Kobow, Wolf. Kolner Akademie, Willens
Carl Heinrich Graun: Easter Oratorio / Koufochristou, Saskova, Kobow, Wolf. Kolner Akademie, Willens

1 CD / CPO / 2013-04-30

Works: Carl Heinrich Graun: Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio), for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Kolner Akademie

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Orchestra, chorus and soloists are evenly superb, performing with an extraordinary uniformity of color and expression. The result is a clarity and fine-grained...continue...
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Georg Philipp Telemann: St. Lukes Passion 1728 / Wolfgang Klose, Marcus Ullmann, Christian Hilz, Raimonds Spogis
Georg Philipp Telemann: St. Lukes Passion 1728 / Wolfgang Klose, Marcus Ullmann, Christian Hilz, Raimonds Spogis

2 CD / CPO / 2013-04-30

Works: Georg Philipp Telemann: St. Luke Passion (1728), for chorus, 2 flutes, recorder , 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo, TWV
Performers: Dahlmann, Thilo; Hilz, Christian; Klose, Wolfgang; Spogis, Raimonds; Ullmann, Marcus
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Cologne Academy

Baroque master Telemann set the St. Luke Passion in 11 different versions. He did so because he composed for 5 of Hamburg's principal churches and...continue...
Recording information: Johanniskirche Magdeburg, 18. Magdeburger-Telemann Fest (03/17/2012)....continue...
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Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas, Vol. 2 / Michael Alexander Willens, Die Koelner Akademie
Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas, Vol. 2 / Michael Alexander Willens, Die Koelner Akademie

1 CD / CPO / 2012-11-13

Works: Francesco Durante: Pastorale "Cito Pastores", motet; Laudate, pueri "Breve" "Detto il Grottesco", motet; Litanie for 2 voices & violin in E minor; Kyrie-Gloria Mass, "in Pastorale" in A major, for vo...
Performers: Dahlmann, Thilo; Doest, Alberto ter; Kuhne, Christina [Soprano Vocal]; Piccinini, Monica
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie

The Kölner Akademie under its proven conductor Willens now presents more atmospheric Christmas compositions by Francesco Durante, one of the greatest Neapolitan church composers of...continue...
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Sigismund von Neukomm: Three Orchestral Fantasies; Sinfonie Heroïque / Willens
Sigismund von Neukomm: Three Orchestral Fantasies; Sinfonie Heroïque / Willens

1 CD / CPO / 2012-10-30

Works: Sigismund Neukomm: Fantaisie for large orchestra in D minor, Op. 9 NV 26; Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise Lost, NV 426; Fantaisie for large orchestra in B flat major, NV 41; G...
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: ; Cologne Academy

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Throughout all four works, there is evident a great dramatic sense, some sections worthy of Beethoven. Neukomm's music has been lost to us...continue...
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Anton Eberl: Piano Concertos Op. 32 & 40 / Paolo Giacometti, Riko Fukuda
Anton Eberl: Piano Concertos Op. 32 & 40 / Paolo Giacometti, Riko Fukuda

1 CD / CPO / 2012-02-28

Works: Anton Eberl: Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 40; Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 32
Performers: Fukuda, Riko [Piano]; Giacometti, Paolo
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: ; Kolner Akademie

In 1802, the author Julius Wilhelm Fischer ranked Eberl the composer next to Beethoven: "In piano compositions Beethoven and Anton Eberl are certainly now the...continue...
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Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas / Mameli, Eittinger, Post, MacLeod
Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas / Mameli, Eittinger, Post, MacLeod

1 CD / CPO / 2011-11-15

Works: Francesco Durante: Ad presepe venite "Pastorale o Mottetto per la nativitate Jesu Christe" in G major, for voices & ens; Magnificat in B flat major; Litanie della BMV in F minor, for voices & ensembl...
Performers: Eittinger, Ursula; MacLeod, Stephan; Mameli, Roberto [Soprano Vocal]; Post, Andreas
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie

Ever since the late 17th century, Christmas music, especially in the form of cantatas and motets, had been a Neapolitan tradition. Durante continued this tradition...continue...
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Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio / Ryden, Schmid, Turk, Friedrich, Dahlamann
Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio / Ryden, Schmid, Turk, Friedrich, Dahlamann

1 CD / CPO / 2010-11-16

Works: Johann Mattheson: Das gröáte Kind, christmas oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Cordes, Ulrich; Dahlmann, Thilo; Friedrich, Wolf Matthias; Gramá, Nele; Ryden, Susanne; Turk, Gerd
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Cologne Academy

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The singers function as concertists throughout...[and] mix their solo and choral duties capably...Willens achieves an impeccably stylish and enjoyable performance of an a...continue...
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Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio, Die Heilsam Geburt; Magnificat
Johann Mattheson: Christmas Oratorio, Die Heilsam Geburt; Magnificat

1 CD / CPO / 2010-11-16

Works: Johann Mattheson: Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra; Magnificat, for 2 choruses
Performers: Gsanger, Johannes; Hansen, Sven; Kennedy, Nicki; MacLeod, Stephan; Post, Andreas
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: Cologne Academy

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...continue...
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Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Concert Overture
Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Concert Overture

1 CD / CPO / 2010-10-26

Works: Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda: Overture for orchestra no 17 in F minor, Op. 242; Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 17; Symphony no 4 in C major, Op. 60
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander

"In him fate again seemed to want to grant a master of the first rank. Many-sided, sure of himself in every field, often new and...continue...
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Ries: Double Horn Concerto, Violin Concerto, Overtures / Michael Alexander Willens, et al
Ries: Double Horn Concerto, Violin Concerto, Overtures / Michael Alexander Willens, et al

1 CD / CPO / 2009-09-29

Works: Ferdinand Ries: Die Räuberbraut, Op. 156; Concerto for 2 horns and orchestra in E flat major, WoO 19; Overture to the opera "Liska oder Die Hexe von Gyllensteen", for orchestra, Op. 164a; Concer...
Performers: Steck, Anton; Wieringa, Erwin; Zwart, Teunis van der
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander

Although Ries studied with Beethoven, the concerto's length and overall design recall not so much the concerto of Beethovian stamp but the tradition of the...continue...
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Mattheson: Der liebreiche und geduldige David / Willens, Hilz, Kennedy, Eittinger, Spogis, Ciolek, et al
Mattheson: Der liebreiche und geduldige David / Willens, Hilz, Kennedy, Eittinger, Spogis, Ciolek, et al

1 CD / CPO / 2009-06-30

Works: Johann Mattheson: Der liebreiche und geduldige DAVID, oratorio for 5 voices, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Ciolek, Max; Hilz, Christian; Kennedy, Nicki; Spogis, Raimonds
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander

The fact that Mattheson is not at all known as a composer certainly is the result of a considerable portion of his compositional oeuvre being...continue...
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