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Himmelsmusik

Christina Pluhar

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Those wondering whether Himmelsmusik falls on the experimental side of the output of Austrian-born ensemble leader and continuo player Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata can rest easy: there is nothing here in the vein of Pluhar's aptly titled Handel Gone Wild. Instead, Pluhar, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and her musicians play it straight and deliver a lovely album from the generally neglected German mid-Baroque, and from almost unknown music within that classification. Not all the music pertains to heaven, as the title might suggest; other topics (such as the Christ child) appear, but all the pieces have a calm, worshipful flavor. Pluhar's focus is the music between Schütz and Bach, with both of those composers added at the end to sum up the territory that has been covered. A major presence is French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who certainly can attract bigger clients; his participation is a clue to the music's worth. Some of the composers have direct connections with one or the other (Johann Theile was one of Schütz's last and best students, and the J.C. Bach on the program is not Johann Christian Bach or even Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, but the Arnstadt composer and organist Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian's first cousin once removed, some of whose later works were for a time accepted as J.S.'s own. Generally speaking, the vocal pieces are solo vocal "concertos" or arias that experiment with the Schütz model, finding new ways to express the texts as dramatic utterances. Sample Franz Tunder's Ein kleines Kindelein, with its substantial introduction and then its text that pours out in a single thought. The composers were aided in their quest by new developments in Italian instrumental music, some of which is included. Tunder shows up on organ programs, but the likes of Crato Bütner, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Johann Rudolf Ahle will be unfamiliar even to Baroque enthusiasts. The music of some was mostly destroyed during World War II; others worked in obscure or distant courts and never made it into the history books. Pluhar's effort at reconstruction is impressive, and Jaroussky is an ideal collaborator; their music-making can be enjoyed by anyone. A deep dive of the very best kind.
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1
Der Sionitin Wiegenlied: Nun, ich singe! Gott, ich knie
Christina Pluhar
00:07:21

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Johann Theile, Composer - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Dingle Yandell, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jesus Rodil, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Lamento: Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte
Christina Pluhar
00:07:01

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Johann Christoph Bach, Composer

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Ich suchte des Nachts in meinem Bette
Christina Pluhar
00:05:42

Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Crato Butner, Composer

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Gott, hilf mir
Christina Pluhar
00:06:09

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Johann Theile, Composer

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
O amantissime sponse
Christina Pluhar
00:10:24

Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Christian Ritter, Composer - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Chiaccona a 4 in C Major
Christina Pluhar
00:04:29

Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Anonymus, Composer

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, SWV 366
Christina Pluhar
00:05:43

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Dingle Yandell, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Kommt, ihr Stunden, macht mich frei
Christina Pluhar
00:08:21

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Composer

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Aria. Ein kleines Kindelein
Christina Pluhar
00:02:48

Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Franz Tunder, Composer - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
Christina Pluhar
00:05:32

Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Johann Rudolf Ahle, Composer - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Sonata a 6 in E Minor
Christina Pluhar
00:05:16

Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Antonio Bertali, Composer

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Erbarm Dich mein, o Herre Gott, SWV 447
Christina Pluhar
00:04:11

Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Céline Scheen, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
"Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh", BWV 478
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Conductor, MainArtist - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Those wondering whether Himmelsmusik falls on the experimental side of the output of Austrian-born ensemble leader and continuo player Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata can rest easy: there is nothing here in the vein of Pluhar's aptly titled Handel Gone Wild. Instead, Pluhar, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and her musicians play it straight and deliver a lovely album from the generally neglected German mid-Baroque, and from almost unknown music within that classification. Not all the music pertains to heaven, as the title might suggest; other topics (such as the Christ child) appear, but all the pieces have a calm, worshipful flavor. Pluhar's focus is the music between Schütz and Bach, with both of those composers added at the end to sum up the territory that has been covered. A major presence is French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who certainly can attract bigger clients; his participation is a clue to the music's worth. Some of the composers have direct connections with one or the other (Johann Theile was one of Schütz's last and best students, and the J.C. Bach on the program is not Johann Christian Bach or even Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, but the Arnstadt composer and organist Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian's first cousin once removed, some of whose later works were for a time accepted as J.S.'s own. Generally speaking, the vocal pieces are solo vocal "concertos" or arias that experiment with the Schütz model, finding new ways to express the texts as dramatic utterances. Sample Franz Tunder's Ein kleines Kindelein, with its substantial introduction and then its text that pours out in a single thought. The composers were aided in their quest by new developments in Italian instrumental music, some of which is included. Tunder shows up on organ programs, but the likes of Crato Bütner, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Johann Rudolf Ahle will be unfamiliar even to Baroque enthusiasts. The music of some was mostly destroyed during World War II; others worked in obscure or distant courts and never made it into the history books. Pluhar's effort at reconstruction is impressive, and Jaroussky is an ideal collaborator; their music-making can be enjoyed by anyone. A deep dive of the very best kind.
© TiVo

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