Jauchze du Tochter Zion: Christmas Cantatas by Homilius, Stolzel & Rolle | CPO 5550522

Jauchze du Tochter Zion: Christmas Cantatas by Homilius, Stolzel & Rolle

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550522

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd December 2016

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Most of these works were composed for liturgical use in the Christian churches. It is a rewarding experience to sift through the repertoire and to edit and record previously unknown works. This year our Christmas CD presents recording premieres of five cantatas: one each by Bach’s contemporaries Christoph Förster (1693-1745) and Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690-1749) and three by members of the following generation, one by Gottfried August Homilius (1714-85) and two by Johann Heinrich Rolle (1716-85). All the cantatas were composed for use in Lutheran religious services and are based on a similar plan of construction: an extensive opening chorus is followed by recitatives and arias, and a chorale strophe from a church hymn concludes the work. The opening choruses are usually based on short quotations from the Bible, and the festive splendour of the trumpets and timpani forms the dominant tonal element.

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