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Sacred Vocal Music - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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The series of recordings made at the Maulbronn Monastery in southwestern Germany, released on the K&K label, has focused mostly on church music that might have been suitable both to the space and to the performing styles of the local musicians involved. Neither condition holds in the case of Messa di Gloria, a work by the young Puccini that stands right on the boundary between the church music of his ancestors and the operatic art to which he would devote himself. Long considered a kind of curiosity, it was published only in the 1950s and was rarely performed. Its spiky lurching from operatic melody to academic counterpoint seems more sympathetic today, however, and the work has been programmed by choirs great and small. It demands singers and players immersed in Italian idioms, however, and that doesn't quite happen with the Kantorei Maulbronn (a choir that sounds great in Haydn) and an ensemble of players from the Southwest German Radio Orchestra. The choir has trouble intonationally, especially the sopranos when Puccini's lines begin to soar. The orchestra is far from sparkling and has a certain stolidity that is deathly in Puccini's music. The two soloists, tenor Willi Stein and baritone Thomas Pfeiffer, are idiomatic, but the monastery is not a good site for Puccini; it boxes the sound in and the text is not consistently intelligible. Better to go elsewhere, both for those in search of the young Puccini's mass and for those intrigued by K&K's series. © TiVo
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Sacred Oratorios - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Mozart's arrangement of Handel's Messiah, made in 1789, relates to his involvement in the circle of musical connoisseurs surrounding the Baron Gottfried van Swieten, Viennese nobleman and aficionado of the monuments of Baroque music. It is, as the booklet here aptly puts it, a "cover version" (the German participle, charmingly enough, is "gecovert") of Handel's work, neither a radical rethinking nor a light rescoring. Mozart adds a good deal of wind scoring, often arranging things so that the winds peek out with a wink toward the end of an aria. The treatments of the flute and bassoon are playful and very Mozartian, yet the music, with the exception of one number, "Wenn Gott ist für uns" (CD 2, No. 23), is Handel's. Even that number, in which the original aria is discarded in favor of a new recitative, has subtle echoes of the original intervallic structure in Mozart's new music, and in the big choruses Mozart plays it straight. The biggest change for the casual listener is the one from English to the German of van Swieten himself, working from an earlier translation by Friedrich Klopstock and Christoph Ebeling. If "Alle Tale" does not have quite the ringing quality of "Ev'ry valley," "Herr der Herrn, der Götter Gott" gets the message across. Conductor Jürgen Budday, leading the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, offers a spirited reading that reveals many of the score's smaller details. Although the soprano of Marlis Petersen is a bit outsized for a work that was originally performed with only 12 singers and has, for all the monumentality of Handel's Messiah, a certain intimate quality, this is a superior version of Mozart's unique effort, benefiting from the edge of live performance in a sonically spectacular venue. The booklet is helpful, quoting extensively from a detailed eighteenth century essay on Mozart's effort, but it is marred by editorial errors. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 6, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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This live German recording of Messiah is based on a manuscript Handel marked up for a performance of the work in Dublin, adding a variety of new dynamic markings and ensemble indications. There's no reason to regard it as quite the definitive version of the work that it is proposed to be by the booklet here; it can equally well be considered an experiment on Handel's part in dealing with the new stylistic currents of his day. For listeners unfamiliar with it, this version carries quite a few surprises. Sampling merely the beginning of the "Hallelujah" chorus, CD 2, track 16, is enough to give the listener an idea of what he or she is getting into as the usually muscular entrance of the choir contracts to a quiet, angelic effect. The work becomes much more varied in texture and a good deal less monumental overall. It would nevertheless be a shame if this recording were pigeonholed among the Dublin versions, for it has a good deal to offer any Messiah listener. Billed as an uncut, historically informed performance, this recording becomes, in the hands of conductor Jürgen Budday, a nice fusion of the immediate feel of the best historical performances (aided by fine live engineering in the impressive, sonically clear spaces of Germany's Maulbronn Monastery) with a rich, more conventional sound from a good-sized German choir, the Maulbronner Kammerchor. The combination of German choristers who render the word "of" as "uff" with veteran anglophone soloists is a little odd, but not seriously distracting, and Budday gives the soloists a chance to stretch out in the recitatives. Collectively the performers capture the different strands of Handel's experience -- operatic, English Protestant, solo-oriented, and instrumetnal -- that he brought to bear on this magnificent work, and they produce a rich Messiah of unusually strong impact. The live recording has a few flaws, but they are more than overcome by the edge thus generated. Notes are in German and English, but the text is in English only. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 6, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released September 6, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - Released June 5, 2012 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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