Scholl: "Kantate". German Baroque Cantatas (APE)
Scholl: "Kantate". German Baroque Cantatas (APE)

Performer: Andreas Scholl, Basel Consort, Concerto di Viole
Composer: Heinrich Schutz, Giovanni Rovetta, Johann Christoph Bach, Franz Tunder, Giovanni Legrenzi, et al.
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Size: 325 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: O Jesu, nomen, SWV 308
02. Ach, Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein
03. Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte
04. Salve mi Jesu
05. Sonate (16), Op. 11 ‘La cetra’: no 5
06. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: no 2, Klagelied
07. Wer sich dem Himmel übergeben
08. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 10: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, SWV 348
09. Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64
10. Sonata (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo in C minor: no 4
11. Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: Was hast du verwirket, SWV 307

A Great German Singer Sings the Great German Composers

This CD is an album released early in Andreas Scholl’s career. The original cover was black and silver and showed a youthful Scholl in tux and white tie wearing somewhat boxy glasses.

Under any kind of of cover, this is a wonderful collection of the sacred works of some of the greatest German composers of the Baroque era. Scholl’s glorious voice is full of youthful exuberance as he sings Buxtehude’s Jubliante Domino. Frequently, Bach overshadows all other composers in this era but the name of Bach here is Johann Cristoph Bach, not Johann Sebastian.

A couple of the composers on this album are Italian and are included on dubious grounds. Either because they worked in Germany or in a German manner or just inspired a German music master to rework their music? I’m not sure, but their music is wonderful and Scholl sings it with verve which is justification enough. This is a great opportunity to get the fabulous German countertenor singing church music from the grand German tradition. Take a pew and listen.

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