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Repertoire expansion for the Christmas season In the 18th century, "well-stocked" church music was a natural tradition throughout central Germany: church services were embellished along the ecclesiastical year with cantatas appropriate to the liturgy for the glory of God, but also for the joy and "spiritual edification" of the visitors. From this treasure of hitherto unknown Christmas music, four cantatas by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf are presented for the first time on this recording. Wolf worked as court kapellmeister in Weimar, and the fact that Goethe rejected him as "self-indulgent" should not prevent us from admiring him as a very important composer of the transition. Musically, Wolf was greatly influenced by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in the empfindsamer Stil and by the works of the Berlin Kapellmeister Carl Heinrich Graun. He was also a prolific composer whose works were received with admiration by his contemporaries. The four cantatas show elements of the early classical and sensitive styles; the cantata choruses are often homophonic and songlike, polyphonic sections rather rare. All the cantatas prove to be individually conceived works that testify to the composer's mastery. Beautiful sounding arias, the naturalness of their expression and the dramatic compression in the individual movements are still convincing today. At the same time, the cantatas bear witness to the high quality of Protestant church music in the period after Johann Sebastian Bach and illustrate the high value of music within the liturgy. Today they can be a welcome addition to the repertoire for the Christmas season.
Repertoire expansion for the Christmas season In the 18th century, "well-stocked" church music was a natural tradition throughout central Germany: church services were embellished along the ecclesiastical year with cantatas appropriate to the liturgy for the glory of God, but also for the joy and "spiritual edification" of the visitors. From this treasure of hitherto unknown Christmas music, four cantatas by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf are presented for the first time on this recording. Wolf worked as court kapellmeister in Weimar, and the fact that Goethe rejected him as "self-indulgent" should not prevent us from admiring him as a very important composer of the transition. Musically, Wolf was greatly influenced by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in the empfindsamer Stil and by the works of the Berlin Kapellmeister Carl Heinrich Graun. He was also a prolific composer whose works were received with admiration by his contemporaries. The four cantatas show elements of the early classical and sensitive styles; the cantata choruses are often homophonic and songlike, polyphonic sections rather rare. All the cantatas prove to be individually conceived works that testify to the composer's mastery. Beautiful sounding arias, the naturalness of their expression and the dramatic compression in the individual movements are still convincing today. At the same time, the cantatas bear witness to the high quality of Protestant church music in the period after Johann Sebastian Bach and illustrate the high value of music within the liturgy. Today they can be a welcome addition to the repertoire for the Christmas season.
761203552429

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Format: CD
Label: CPO RECORDS
Rel. Date: 11/18/2022
UPC: 761203552429

Four Christmas Cantatas
Artist: Wolf / Mordal / Poplutz
Format: CD
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1. Willkommen, Du Sehnlich Erbetener Tag: I. Willkommen, Du Sehnlich Erbetener Tag
2. Willkommen, Du Sehnlich Erbetener Tag: II. Annehmlichste Verkündigung
3. Willkommen, Du Sehnlich Erbetener Tag: III. Vergebens Droht Der Fürst Der Höllen
4. Willkommen, Du Sehnlich Erbetener Tag: IV. Ach, Hüter Unseres Lebens!
5. Seid Böse, Ihr Völker: I. Seid Böse, Ihr Völker
6. Seid Böse, Ihr Völker: II. Immanuel, Mit Uns Ist Gott
8. Seid Böse, Ihr Völker: IV. Erregt Durch Dank Und Demut Euren Geist
9. Seid Böse, Ihr Völker: V. Er Kann Und Will Euch Lassen Nicht
10. Auf, Jauchzet, Ihr Christen: VI. Auf, Jauchzet, Ihr Christen
11. Auf, Jauchzet, Ihr Christen: VII. O Heil'ge Zeit
12. Auf, Jauchzet, Ihr Christen: VIII. Wüte Nur, Du Alte Schlange
13. Auf, Jauchzet, Ihr Christen: IX. Heut Schleußt Er Wieder Auf Die Tür
14. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: I. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage
15. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: II. Umkränzt Mit Sternen
16. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: III. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage
17. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: IV. Dir, Gottes Ew'gen Sohn
18. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: V. So Labt Ein Dürstend Land Der Milde Tau
19. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: VI. Erwache Nun, Natur, Und Singe
20. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: VII. Zephyretten, Lasst Mit Sanftem Wallen
21. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: VIII. Gelobet Seist Du, Jesu Christ
22. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: IX. Dort In Der Krippen Liegt Das Kind
23. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: X. Retter Der Sünd'gen Menschen
24. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: XI. Enthüllt Ist Das Geheimnis!
25. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: XII. Falle Vom Himmel Nieder
26. Willkommen, Du Schönster Der Tage: XIII. Erfüllt, Ihr Schönen Triebe Der Lieb' Und Gegenliebe

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Repertoire expansion for the Christmas season In the 18th century, "well-stocked" church music was a natural tradition throughout central Germany: church services were embellished along the ecclesiastical year with cantatas appropriate to the liturgy for the glory of God, but also for the joy and "spiritual edification" of the visitors. From this treasure of hitherto unknown Christmas music, four cantatas by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf are presented for the first time on this recording. Wolf worked as court kapellmeister in Weimar, and the fact that Goethe rejected him as "self-indulgent" should not prevent us from admiring him as a very important composer of the transition. Musically, Wolf was greatly influenced by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in the empfindsamer Stil and by the works of the Berlin Kapellmeister Carl Heinrich Graun. He was also a prolific composer whose works were received with admiration by his contemporaries. The four cantatas show elements of the early classical and sensitive styles; the cantata choruses are often homophonic and songlike, polyphonic sections rather rare. All the cantatas prove to be individually conceived works that testify to the composer's mastery. Beautiful sounding arias, the naturalness of their expression and the dramatic compression in the individual movements are still convincing today. At the same time, the cantatas bear witness to the high quality of Protestant church music in the period after Johann Sebastian Bach and illustrate the high value of music within the liturgy. Today they can be a welcome addition to the repertoire for the Christmas season.
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