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Schelle: Actus Musieus auf Weyh-Nachten

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie, Concerto Palatino

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Three Cantors after Johann Hermann Schein, two Cantors before Bach, Johann Schelle (1648-1701) held the very prestigious Leipzig job from 1677 to his death. Schelle studied under the wing of another famous "Sch" (Schütz, Schein, Scheidt) of the German baroque, Schütz, before embarking upon his musical career: in Leipzig he created German-language works that mingled Gospel texts with spiritual Lieder, and he was also one of the first authors to write chorale cantatas. He gave the world around 200 pieces in all, of which sadly only about 50 survive to the present day. But what we do have is dazzling enough to support as excellent an album as this one from CPO.

Here we have several chorale cantatas, starting with isolated movements including the impressive Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, written for five soloists for a five-voice choir, the singers themselves matching a "choir" of five string instruments and a further five brass pieces – rounded off with timbales and trumpets: just imagine the richness of the sound! The album continues with the ample Actus Musicus auf Weyh-Nachten, which would be a real Christmas oratorio, although Schelle did introduce, alongside some words from the Gospel, a few pieces by Luther, including the famous Vom Himmel hoch, da komme ich her whose lyrics the listener might recognise, as the music would be taken up and altered many times over by Bach in later decades. It seems that Actus Musicus auf Weyh-Nachten was performed for the first time in 1683: in Leipzig, of course. Choir, soloists and orchestra unfurl a great pastoral tapestry and a great instrumental and harmonic richness, alternating between instrumental sonatas, ariosos, recitations and choirs.
The stunning Kölner Akademie is led through the Cantor's works by its conductor, Michael Alexander Willens. © SM/Qobuz

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Uns ist ein Kind geboren (Johann Schelle)

1
Uns ist ein Kind geboren
Monika Mauch
00:02:22

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist, MainArtist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar (Johann Schelle)

2
Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar
Myriam Arbouz
00:08:19

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Cologne Academy Choir, Choir - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Da die Zeit erfüllet ward (Johann Schelle)

3
Da die Zeit erfüllet ward
Myriam Arbouz
00:12:39

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Uns ist ein Kind geboren (Johann Schelle)

4
Uns ist ein Kind geboren
Myriam Arbouz
00:07:47

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Machet die Tore weit (Johann Schelle)

5
Machet die Tore weit
Myriam Arbouz
00:09:26

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Actus musicus auf Weihnachten, "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" (Johann Schelle)

6
Part I: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
Myriam Arbouz
00:10:22

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Actus musicus auf Weihnachten "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her", Pt. 1 (Johann Schelle)

7
Part I: Sonata
Die Kölner Akademie
00:00:59

Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

8
Part I: Recitative: Die Geburt Christi war also getan
Georg Poplutz
00:02:23

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist, MainArtist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

9
Part I: Chorale: Ach Herr, du Schopfer aller Ding
Myriam Arbouz
00:02:00

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

10
Part I: Sonatina Pastorella
Concerto Palatino
00:01:15

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble, MainArtist - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

11
Part I: Recitative: Und es waren Hirten in derselbigen Gegend
Monika Mauch
00:01:39

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

12
Part I: Chorale: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her
Myriam Arbouz
00:02:47

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

13
Part I: Recitative: Und das habt zum Zeichen
Georg Poplutz
00:00:19

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist, MainArtist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

14
Part I: Chorale: So merket un das Zeichen recht
Myriam Arbouz
00:00:43

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

15
Part I: Und alsbald war da bei dem Engel
Myriam Arbouz
00:01:38

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Actus musicus auf Weihnachten "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her", Pt. 2 (Johann Schelle)

16
Part II: Sonata
Concerto Palatino
00:00:27

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble, MainArtist - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

17
Part II: Recitative: Und da die Engel von Ihnen gen Himmel
Marian Dijkhuizen
00:01:01

Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

18
Part II: Chorale: Des lasst und billig frohlich sein
Myriam Arbouz
00:01:02

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Actus musicus auf Weihnachten "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her", Pt. 3 (Johann Schelle)

19
Part III: Sonatina Pastorella Repetatur
Concerto Palatino
00:00:37

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble, MainArtist - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

20
Part III: Recitative: Und die Hirten kamen eilend und fanden beide
Georg Poplutz
00:00:55

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist, MainArtist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

21
Part III: Chorale: Merk' auf, mein Herz, und sieh dorthin
Myriam Arbouz
00:01:26

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

22
Part III: Recitative: Maria aber behielt alle diese Wort
Georg Poplutz
00:00:23

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist, MainArtist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

23
Part III: Chorale: Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein
Myriam Arbouz
00:01:08

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Johann Schelle, Composer - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

24
Part III: Recitative: Und die Hirten kehreten wieder um
Georg Poplutz
00:00:23

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist, MainArtist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

25
Part III: Chorale: Davon ich allzeit frohlich sei
Myriam Arbouz
00:02:20

Concerto Palatino, Ensemble - Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor - Georg Poplutz, Artist - Johann Schelle, Composer - Monika Mauch, Artist - Raimonds Spogis, Artist - Jakob Pilgram, Artist - Myriam Arbouz, Artist, MainArtist - Die Kölner Akademie, Orchestra - Marian Dijkhuizen, Artist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Album Description

Three Cantors after Johann Hermann Schein, two Cantors before Bach, Johann Schelle (1648-1701) held the very prestigious Leipzig job from 1677 to his death. Schelle studied under the wing of another famous "Sch" (Schütz, Schein, Scheidt) of the German baroque, Schütz, before embarking upon his musical career: in Leipzig he created German-language works that mingled Gospel texts with spiritual Lieder, and he was also one of the first authors to write chorale cantatas. He gave the world around 200 pieces in all, of which sadly only about 50 survive to the present day. But what we do have is dazzling enough to support as excellent an album as this one from CPO.

Here we have several chorale cantatas, starting with isolated movements including the impressive Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, written for five soloists for a five-voice choir, the singers themselves matching a "choir" of five string instruments and a further five brass pieces – rounded off with timbales and trumpets: just imagine the richness of the sound! The album continues with the ample Actus Musicus auf Weyh-Nachten, which would be a real Christmas oratorio, although Schelle did introduce, alongside some words from the Gospel, a few pieces by Luther, including the famous Vom Himmel hoch, da komme ich her whose lyrics the listener might recognise, as the music would be taken up and altered many times over by Bach in later decades. It seems that Actus Musicus auf Weyh-Nachten was performed for the first time in 1683: in Leipzig, of course. Choir, soloists and orchestra unfurl a great pastoral tapestry and a great instrumental and harmonic richness, alternating between instrumental sonatas, ariosos, recitations and choirs.
The stunning Kölner Akademie is led through the Cantor's works by its conductor, Michael Alexander Willens. © SM/Qobuz

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