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Konrad Junghänel Edition [10CDs] (2016)

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Konrad Junghänel Edition [10CDs] (2016)

Konrad Junghänel Edition [10CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,81 Gb | Total time: 11:25:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88985337552 | Recorded: 1982-1995

Der Dirigent und Lautenist Konrad Junghändel ist durch seine Zusammenarbeit mit mit Ensembles wie Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, Musica Antiqua Köln bekannt geworden. Die fortgesetzte Beschäftigung mit der vokalen Musik des Barock führte Junghänel 1987 zur Gründung des Vokalensembles Cantus Cölln, das sich innerhalb kürzester Zeit zu einem der führenden Ensembles entwickelte. Diese limitierte Edition umfasst 10 Alben mit herausragenden Aufnahmen Junghänels für das Label DHM, 6 davon als Lautenist, 4 mit Cantus Cölln.

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Dresdner Kammerchor - Schein: Israelsbrünnlein (2012)

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Hans-Christoph Rademann, Dresdner Kammerchor - Schein: Israelsbrünnlein (2012)

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Dresdner Kammerchor - Schein: Israelsbrünnlein (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 94:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | 83.350 | Recorded: 2000

Scheins 1623 in Leipzig gedruckte Sammlung Israelsbrünnlein ist eine kompositorische Gipfelleistung, nicht nur innerhalb des Schaffens des seit 1616 in Leipzig als Thomaskantor wirkenden Komponisten, sondern darüber hinaus auch der deutschen Musik der ersten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts. Unter den 26 "auf Italian-Madrigalische Manir" geschriebenen Motetten finden sich 23 auf alttestamentarische Texte (Psalmen, die Mose-Bücher, das Hohelied und andere Bücher des Alten Testaments) komponierte, was der Sammlung den Namen gab. Hans-Christoph Rademann und der Dresdner Kammerchor legen hier eine Referenzeinspielung der kompletten Sammlung vor.

Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen - Schein: Israelis Brünnlein (2001)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen - Schein: Israelis Brünnlein (2001)

Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen - Schein: Israelis Brünnlein (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 79:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901574 | Recorded: 1995

Johann Schein undeservedly remains in obscurity because he had the misfortune to precede Johann Sebastian Bach as cantor of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. His fascinating collection of "sacred madrigals" employs techniques of avant-garde Italian secular music to set German language versions of Old Testament texts. Philippe Herreweghe's ensemble of singers and instrumentalists prove consummate advocates for this worthy, sometimes astonishing music.

Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln, La Capella Ducale - Johann Schein: Psalmen Davids (1999)

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Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln, La Capella Ducale - Johann Schein: Psalmen Davids (1999)

Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln, La Capella Ducale - Johann Schein: Psalmen Davids (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 424 Mb | Total time: 78:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glissando | 779 006-2 | Recorded: 1998

Bach contemporaries such as Jan Zelenka (1679-1745) and Johann Pisendel (1687-1755), both of whom spent most of their creative lives at the Dresden court, are enjoying a well-deserved period of “discovery”–and so is Johann Schein (1586-1630), a less-interesting contemporary of Bach’s most illustrious predecessor, Heinrich Schütz, who preceded Bach as Kantor in Leipzig by a little more than a century. Schein’s primary claim to importance is his incorporation of Italian madrigal style into Lutheran church music. But it’s also clear that he was influenced by the big block-chord sound and antiphonal choir scoring favored by Gabrieli and similarly employed by Schütz. The works featured here are engaging enough because there’s a substantial variety of textures–using both voices and instruments alone and in various ensemble combinations, and Schein is quite adept in his use of madrigalian techniques of text illustration.

Roland Wilson, La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata - Johann Hermann Schein: Cymbalum Sionium (2015)

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Roland Wilson, La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata - Johann Hermann Schein: Cymbalum Sionium (2015)

Roland Wilson, La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata - Johann Hermann Schein: Cymbalum Sionium (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 76:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88875051442 | Recorded: 2014

This exciting x15 trk release from period ensemble Musica Fiata is a rare treat, featuring the work of composer Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630) and the heterogeneous collection of motets that make up his Cymbalum Sionium. Although Cymbalum Sionium has always attracted musicological interest, performances of most works have been very rare up until now. Schein’s melodic gifts, harmonic sensitivity as well as feeling for varied affects and great sense of structure enabled him to absorb all so many musical influences influences, imbuing them with the freshness of a gifted young composer creating music which still moves us today.