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Opella Musica|Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 3

Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 3

Opella Musica, Camerata Lipsiensis, Gregor Meyer

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A predecessor to Bach in Saint-Thomas in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau was an immense character in his day: an all-around musician of course, but also an eminent polyglot—Latin, Greek, Hebrew—, writer, jurist, theoretician and mathematician. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of his body of work is now (or, let’s hope, for now) lost, especially his operas, a Passion, many cantatas (from which only the text remains and not the music), and several major didactic works. Damn… Let’s rejoice however that at least these few cantatas and sacred works are given to us here—of whom two are world premiere on disc—moreover, performed by the excellent ensemble Camerata Lipsiensis, while the organ sections are played on a Silbermann in its original condition from 1721, in the Saint Georg church in Rötha, Thuringia, fives leagues to the South of Leipzig. It is a small sound marvel that, it must be said, had cost a great fortune to build almost three hundred years ago, and you can hear it. As for Bach’s fans, they will discover in the course of several sections of Kuhnau some very recognizable things… the turns were probably bequeathed from a Cantor to another! The fact remains that Bach held Kunhau in high regard, and he was right to do so. © SM/Qobuz

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Magnificat in C major (Johann Kuhnau)

1
Magnificat anima mea Dominum
00:01:48

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

2
Et exultavit spiritus meus
00:02:29

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

3
Quia respexit humilitatem
00:02:24

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

4
Vom Himmel hoch
00:00:48

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

5
Quia fecit mihi magna
00:01:21

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

6
Freut euch und jubilieret
00:01:26

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

7
Et misericordia eius
00:03:04

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

8
Fecit potentiam
00:02:31

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

9
Gloria in excelsis Deo
00:00:58

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

10
Suscepit Israel
00:02:12

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

11
Sicut locutus est
00:01:20

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

12
Virga Jesse
00:01:38

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

13
Gloria Patri
00:01:27

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

14
Sicut erat in principio
00:01:38

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

O heilige Zeit (Johann Kuhnau)

15
Sonata
00:01:26

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

16
Recitative: O heilige Zeit
00:01:04

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

17
Wüte nur
00:02:43

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

18
Recitative: Das Licht ist unter uns erschienen
00:00:46

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

19
Aria: Leite mich
00:02:21

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

20
O heilige Zeit
00:02:56

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

21
Wüte nur
00:02:36

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

22
Ach, denk ich zwar
00:02:34

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

23
Eigne dir mein Herze zu
00:02:17

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

24
Was ist der Mensch
00:01:37

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

25
Haltet mich nicht länger auf
00:01:04

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

26
Ich bin entzückt
00:01:28

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Frohlocket, ihr Völker, und jauchzet, ihr Heiden (Johann Kuhnau)

27
Frohlocket, ihr Völker
00:08:52

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

28
Halleluja
00:00:53

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

29
Kleines Kind und großer Held
00:06:21

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

30
Wie danken wir dir doch
00:00:48

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

31
Willkommen, mein Leben
00:07:19

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

32
O Freudenwort
00:01:49

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Gregor Meyer, Artist - Camerata Lipsiensis, Orchestra - Opella Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Album review

A predecessor to Bach in Saint-Thomas in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau was an immense character in his day: an all-around musician of course, but also an eminent polyglot—Latin, Greek, Hebrew—, writer, jurist, theoretician and mathematician. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of his body of work is now (or, let’s hope, for now) lost, especially his operas, a Passion, many cantatas (from which only the text remains and not the music), and several major didactic works. Damn… Let’s rejoice however that at least these few cantatas and sacred works are given to us here—of whom two are world premiere on disc—moreover, performed by the excellent ensemble Camerata Lipsiensis, while the organ sections are played on a Silbermann in its original condition from 1721, in the Saint Georg church in Rötha, Thuringia, fives leagues to the South of Leipzig. It is a small sound marvel that, it must be said, had cost a great fortune to build almost three hundred years ago, and you can hear it. As for Bach’s fans, they will discover in the course of several sections of Kuhnau some very recognizable things… the turns were probably bequeathed from a Cantor to another! The fact remains that Bach held Kunhau in high regard, and he was right to do so. © SM/Qobuz

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