Deutsche Barocklieder (German Baroque Songs)

Deutsche Barocklieder (German Baroque Songs)

by Scholl

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Deutsche Barocklieder (German Baroque Songs)

Recorded in 1995 and reissued in the budget HM Gold series in 2010 (with the sumptuous packaging commendably intact), this album has never been one of the "hits" by German countertenor Andreas Scholl. It covers a repertoire that was (and remains) virtually unknown, and it doesn't really play to the sentimental side of Scholl's personality. Nevertheless, this is one of his very best releases, and even casual Scholl fans who missed it the first time around are advised to pick it up. In 1995 he was in absolutely prime voice, and even though he here has few of the pure melodies in which he excels, he finds plenty of subtle ways to deploy it in text expression and in delineating unusual harmonic moves. The obscurity of the music should actually be cause for recognition of Scholl's ability to pick a program buried mostly in archives and bring it to life; there's hardly a dull moment here, and many of these German Baroque solo songs (some from operas) are delightful. Some are humorous, with topics ranging from the art of kissing (track 16) to Rhine wine; these are balanced by several melancholy pieces that might be compared to Dowland but really resemble nothing else in the repertoire. Sample Johann Philipp Krieger's "An die Einsamkeit" (track 17), which is one of the all-time most ravishing Scholl numbers on disc, hard drive, or what have you. The pieces by this Krieger are strophic songs from operas, but those by the older Adam Krieger are true lieder, with texts by the composer himself, and they highlight Scholl's way with simple, heartfelt material. Other composers on the album set more complex texts by the likes of poet Martin Opitz, and there's plenty to chew on here for those seriously interested in German music and literature of the 17th century. On the other hand, this is the rare example of a program of unknown music that anyone who loves beautiful singing will enjoy. With glorious engineering to boot, this is simply hard to top.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 0794881944521
catalogNumber: 501505

Tracks

  1. An den Schlaf
  2. Die Nacht
  3. Menuetto con variazioni di Locatelli for Laute
  4. Kunst des Küssens
  5. Cecrops, opera: Die holde Nacht
  6. Procris, opera: An die Einsamkeit
  7. Flora, opera: Die Heißverliebte
  8. Flora, opera: Verliebtes Weinen und Lachen
  9. Cecrops, opera: Schmilz, hartes Herz
  10. Sonata for violin, viola da gamba & continuo No. 6, Op. 2
  11. Der Rheinsche Wein
  12. Der Liebe Macht herrscht Tag und Nacht, aria
  13. Ihr bleibet nicht Bestand verpflicht, aria
  14. Die Liebesgluth verkehrt den Muth
  15. Praeludium & Chaconne, No. 8, for Cembalo
  16. Veneris miseras resonare querelas
  17. Turpe senex miles, turpe senilis amor
  18. Ach Liebste, laß uns eilen
  19. Jetzund kömpt die Nacht herbey

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Performance Credits

Scholl   Primary Artist

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