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Ludger Remy, Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Tod Jesu (2000)

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Ludger Remy, Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Tod Jesu (2000)

Ludger Rémy, Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Tod Jesu (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 76:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 720-2 | Recorded: 1999

There's nothing meek or morbid about Telemann's 'Jesu' in this passion oratorio. This is a confident muscular Jesu, closer to the Saxon Heliand than to the Man of Sorrows depicted on the CD cover; the first aria proclaims Him a hero: "Du Held… du kannst und willst mein Schutzgott sein." (You Hero… you can and will be my Protector-God.) Before that, the Siegfriedesque cantabile for horn that opens the composition sounds not so much like a lament as a call to don one's spiritual armor, and throughout the whole text Jesu is portrayed as indomitable amid the torment and agony of his followers. Specifically, He is the Lion of Judah, the model of Christian fortitude against all enemies. Yes, there are also moments of anguish in the text and poignancy in the music, but overall this is a depiction of the Passion as a Triumph. Whether that concept accords with your personal theology, dear Music Fan, is your own concern. As for me, I love the music too much to be antagonized by mere dogma.
Telemann was seventy-four years old when he composed De Tod Jesu for concert hall rather than congregational performance. The text was written by Karl Wilhelm Ramler, a literary academic less than half the composer' age and a disciple of the famous poet Klopstock. Ramler outlived Telemann long enough to be ridiculed by Goethe and Schiller for his arrogance and pedantry, but it seems the composer liked his work and chose it for several cantatas. Recitativos and arias for basso dominate Der Tod Jesu, with arias for alto and duets for basso/alto or basso/tenor being prominent. In short, this is a robust, masculine sanctity befitting, I think, the brisk independent optimism of the citizens of Hamburg, for whom it was written.
Basso Klaus Mertens sings the 'Lion's Share' of the 'accompagnato' recitations, with flair and polish. Mertens shows up on CDs by virtually every consort, under every major North European conductor; to my ears, he's at his best and most expressive under Ludger Rémy. The obbligato accompaniment in this oratorio is marvelously varied, matching the chosen instrument to the affect of the singer imaginatively. Britta Schwarz has a proud womanly alto, warm and complex, not a counter-tenor's smooth simplicity of timbre; she matches Mertens perfectly. Soprano Dorothee Mields isn't heard until her recitativo in Part II (track 20), but she's worth waiting for – a vibrant voice with superb control of pitch. Tenor Jan Kobow has the smallest role but handles it beautifully; his duet with Mertens – "Weinet nicht! (Weep not!), the penultimate movement of the oratorio – is an effective conclusion to this musical exhortation to live courageously in faith.

Performer:
Dorothee Mields, Soprano
Britta Schwarz, Alto
Jan Kobow, Tenor
Klaus Mertens, Basso
Magdeburger Kammerchor
Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein
Conductor - Ludger Rémy

Track List:
01. Part I. Introduction (Lamento)
02. Chorale: Du, dessen Augen flossen
03. Coro à 4: Sein Odem ist schwach
04. Accompagnato: Gethsemane! (Basso)
05. Aria: Du Held! auf den die Köcher des Todes geleeret! (Basso)
06. Chorale: Wen hab ich sonst als dich allein
07. Accompagnato: Ach mein Immanuel (Alto)
08. Aria: Ein Gebet um neue Stärke (Alto)
09. Accompagnato: Nun klingen Waffen (Basso)
10. Aria: Ihr weichgeschaffnen Seelen (Basso)
11. Coro à 4: Unsere Seele ist gebeugt zur Erden (Soli)
12. Chorale: Ich will von meiner Missetat
13. Recitativo: Jerusalem, voll Mordlust (Tenor)
14. Aria: So stehet ein Berg Gottes (Tenor)
15. Coro à 4: Christus hat uns ein Vorbild gelassen
16. Chorale: Ich werde dir zu Ehren alles wagen
17. Part II. Chorale: Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
18. Accompagnato: Da steht der traurige, verhangninsvolle Pfahl (Alto)
19. Duetto: Feinde, die ihr mich betrübt (Alto & Basso)
20. Recitativo: Wer ist der Heilige (Soprano)
21. Aria: Singt dem göttlichen Propheten (Soprano)
22. Coro à 4: Freuet euch alle, ihr Frommen!
23. Chorale: Wie herrlich ist die neue Welt
24. Accompagnato: Auf einmal fällt der aufgehaltene Schmerz (Basso)
25. Cavate (i.e. Accompagnato): Es steigen Seraphim (Basso)
26. Chorale: Ihr Augen, weint!
27. Solo: Weinet nicht! (Basso)
28. Chorale: Ihr Augen weint! (Alto)
29. Solo: weinet nicht! (Basso)
30. Chorale: Ihr Augen weint! (Soprano)
31. Duetto: Weinet nicht! (Tenor & Basso)
32. Coro à 4: Hier liegen wir gerührte Sünder


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