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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Miserere mei (2017)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Miserere mei (2017)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Miserere mei; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 57:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | MDG 602 1994-2 | Recorded: 1988, 1994

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was a child of his times, which were characterised by new beginnings and profound changes in the political and cultural arena as well as in the societal and philosophical spheres. The “Miserere” and the motet “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” on this recording beautifully document these transformations. MDG is now presenting an archive production that has achieved historic status. Hermann Max, a pioneer in the field of historically informed performance practice, performs with the Rheinische Kantorei and his “Das Kleine Konzert” ensemble in a production for the Western German Radio (WDR).

Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

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Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)
Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: CPO | # cpo999943-2 | Time: 01:08:32

Although his name might not rate very highly on the recognition meter even of classical music buffs, Franz Tunder was a consequential entity in the early history of the German Baroque. Tunder served as organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck from 1641 to his death in 1667, and during that time instituted the Abendmusiken, the first series of public concerts to take place in Germany. Seventeen vocal "concertos" exist from Tunder's pen and they were created for these special events; little more than half of them appear on this generous and well-performed CPO disc, Franz Tunder: Concerti. Conductor Hermann Max leads Das Kleine Konzert and the singing group Rheinische Kantorei in 10 concerti, which uses a variety of singers in frontline combinations. Tunder must have had some good basses in his chorus, as they have most of the hardest music in the Concerti, and five of these ten works are sung by bass or basses alone. Both men used here, Ekkehard Abele and Yoshitaka Ogasawara, do an excellent job. The string parts are crisp and do not dawdle, and Max never allows the music to get too grandiose, wisely keeping it within the boundaries of the chamber idiom to which it belongs. The music is never ornately busy and has a relaxed, soothing effect.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Passions-Oratorium TWV5.5; Kantaten TWV4.18 & TWV2.2 (1997)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Passions-Oratorium TWV5.5; Kantaten TWV4.18 & TWV2.2 (1997)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Passions-Oratorium TWV5.5; Kantaten TWV4.18 & TWV2.2 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 58:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 500-2 | Recorded: 1990, 1993

Hermann Max keeps on impressing me with his interpretations (I've heard his Bach Matthew passion and liked it very much). In this case he brings together a reverent but emotionally filled production of just a few of the many, many, many Telemann choral pieces that have been neglected over the years. Special praise goes to the counter-tenor Cordier, the tenor Wilfried Jochens, and the two basses Wimmer and Shreckenberg.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Der Jenaische Wein- & Bierrufer (2001)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Der Jenaische Wein- & Bierrufer (2001)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Der Jenaische Wein- & Bierrufer: Musical Humor with the Bach Family (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 64:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 797-2 | Recorded: 2001

It is mentioned in almost all biographies of Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach was part of a large family of musicians and at festive gatherings the musical gifts were used to increase the revelry. We know, for example, an occasional piece by Bach about the departure of a brother, in which the wailing of the family who stayed behind, the dangers of the journey and the sound of the post horn (as a sign of the departure of the stagecoach) are portrayed in a humorous way.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 65:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO| 999 673-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1998

George Philipp Telemann was a composer whose creative powers continued undiminished through his old age of eighty six years. The last decade of his life witnessed an astonishing creative surge, perhaps comparable only to that of Verdi. It was then that the eighty-year-old, with all the benefits of mature mastery at his command, penned some of his most beautiful vocal works. The oratorio "The Delivered Israel" is a work from this period.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: La Clemenza di Scipione (2002)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: La Clemenza di Scipione (2002)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: La Clemenza di Scipione (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 586 Mb | Total time: 131:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 791-2 | Recorded: 2000

Composed in 1778, J.C. Bach's La Clemenza di Scipione is a nice, direct, fat-free work. The arias tend to be short (not one of them is a da capo), the recitatives are to the point and likewise brief, and the action moves swiftly. Roman Scipio (tenor) has taken Cartagena and Spanish soprano princess Arsinda (and her soprano pal, Idalba) prisoner. Male soprano, fellow non-Roman Lucieo, is betrothed to Arsinda, while the Roman general Marzio (tenor) is in love with Idalba and vice-versa. The whole plot revolves around the heroic Lucieo's attempts to rescue Arsinda, et al., his being taken prisoner, and his being threatened by death if he refuses to pledge allegiance to Rome.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzer - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2011)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzer - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2011)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzer - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 464 Mb | Total time: 53:56+59:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 94256 | Recorded: 1991

This set is a rerelease of recordings made in 1991, not previously reviewed in Read more . In the order listed in the header, these four cantatas were composed for the following festal days in the liturgical church calendar: the Third Sunday in Advent, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, Pentecost, and Easter Sunday. All stem from the time of the younger Bach’s increasingly fractious and unhappy years as director of music in Halle, which spanned 1747 to 1764. The first of these is definitely known to have been written in 1749; the dates for the others are less certain, but stem from the mid to late 1750s.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: Gioas, Re di Giuda (2002)

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Hermann Max,  Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: Gioas, Re di Giuda (2002)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: Gioas, Rè di Giuda (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 652 Mb | Total time: 134:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 895-2 | Recorded: 2001

Written for London audiences in 1770, Johann Christian Bach’s only extant oratorio, Gioas, Re di Guida, is a proverbial curate’s egg. Attempting to please both those weaned on Handel and those hoping to hear the oratorio genre given a rococo makeover, it failed to please either. Such was London’s veneration for the spirit of Handel that Bach was booed when he dared play an organ interlude between acts; and despite George III’s patronage, the work was soon neglected. Audiences of the time simply did not want to hear Italian operatic conventions in their oratorios.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Grosse Passion (2009)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Grosse Passion (2009)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Große Passion (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 122:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 452-2 | Recorded: 2008

Graun was in his mid-twenties when he composed this Grand Passion . It is a surprisingly mature work, full of subtle gems. When first listening to this two-CD album, I wrote: “The music is very pleasant. Although it is quite tuneful, little of it is memorable and at two hours tends to wear out its welcome. There is almost a monotonous similarity of one number to the next. It needs something rousing like the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus.” Repeated hearings of this album have increased my appreciation considerably. Even Handel liked this Passion , and quoted some of its music in his own works.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Schein: Fontana d'Israel (2011)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Schein: Fontana d'Israel (2011)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Schein: Fontana d'Israel (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 87:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | C5069 | Recorded: 1989

In the only one of Johann Schein's religious works to be reissued as long as twenty-two years after his death, Fontana D'Israel (Fountain of Israel) is still regarded as his most exceptional artistic achievement. This Israelsbrünnlein contains twenty-six vocal compositions, which, as Schein writes, "can be comfortably played on their own with lively voice and instruments, and also on the organ/harpsichord" and to which he had added a figured bass, admittedly dispensable in most cases.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesu al Calvario (2001)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesu al Calvario (2001)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesù al Calvario (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 499 Mb | Total time: 110:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 10 887 | Recorded: 1999

In an age of artistic conformity, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) had a refreshingly individual voice. In his own time he was described as 'a reserved, bigoted Catholic, but also a respectable, quiet, unassuming man, deserving of the greatest respect'. His music earned Bach's respect for its serious contrapuntal procedures; today's listeners, though, are more immediately charmed by Zelenka's quirky turns of phrase and flashes of original genius. There are plenty of these in the Passion oratorio Gesù al Calvario (1735), one of the composer's three late oratorios.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Drei sind, die da zeugen im Himmel (2007)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Drei sind, die da zeugen im Himmel (2007)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Drei sind, die da zeugen im Himmel (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 57:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 195-2 | Recorded: 1997, 2006

Throughout his life Telemann collaborated with good poets who prepared sacred texts for him, usually to be set as annual cycles for the church year. This practice enabled him to design each of his annual cycles, as a rule consisting of seventy-two cantatas for each Sunday and feast day, on the basis of a unique overall idea. Annual cycles such as Geistliches Singen und Spielen, the »Annual Cycle in the Oratorio Style« and »Musicalisches Lob Gottes« not only lend expression to the artistic program and ideas of one of the most important sacred music composers of the eighteenth century but also document his deep religiosity.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Markus-Passion 1759 (2020)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Markus-Passion 1759 (2020)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Markus-Passion 1759 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 428 Mb | Total time: 83:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 347-2 | Recorded: 2018

A previously unknown contemporary score of the St. Mark Passion falsely ascribed to Johann Heinrich Rolle recently came to light in Brussels. Due to the new identification of the copyist’s hand, a largely original version of Georg Philipp Telemann’s St. Mark’s Passion of 1759 is now available, reflected in this recording. Freshly penned “poetical reflections” were added to the Evangelist’s text. The anonymous, theologically educated author of these reflective arias and accompagnati, who in consultation with the composer also chose the selection of church songs and designed the overall structure of the libretto, coordinated the sacred message of the text with a finely calculated affective dramaturgy.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Friedrich Fasch: Cantatas; Carl Fasch: Psalm 119 (2002)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Friedrich Fasch: Cantatas; Carl Fasch: Psalm 119 (2002)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Friedrich Fasch: Cantatas; Carl Fasch: Psalm 119 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 399 Mb | Total time: 79:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 594-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1996, 2001

Wie weit komponierende Söhne und Väter stilistisch auseinander liegen können, wird oft an dem Vergleich Johann Sebastians und Johann Christian Bachs demonstriert. Nun, es gibt einen ähnlich gelagerten Fall: Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688–1758) und sein Sohn Carl (1736–1800).

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ludwig Bach: Motetten / Motets (1998)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ludwig Bach: Motetten / Motets (1998)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ludwig Bach: Motetten / Motets (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | 10 560 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Ludwig Bach’s Funeral Music for the Duke of Sachsen-Meiningen is a delightful discovery. JS Bach clearly regarded his distant cousin’s music highly, performing 18 of his cantatas in Leipzig during a single year. The Funeral Music, setting in part the Duke’s own text, is magnificent in scoring – for two choirs, soloists and large orchestra including trumpets and drums – and in scale. Like a Baroque Dream of Gerontius, the soul begins fettered in human bonds on earth, then ascends to the heavenly gates, with Part 3 a brilliant celebration of celestial joy. Bach’s descriptions are graphic – ‘bonds’ create staggering dissonances, resolved to momentary silence when ‘torn asunder’.