Agricola & Homilius - Die Auferstehung des Erlosers: Easter Cantatas | CPO 5553322

Agricola & Homilius - Die Auferstehung des Erlosers: Easter Cantatas

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5553322

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st May 2020

Contents

Artists

Hannah Morrison
Rahel Maas
Bethany Seymour
Elisabeth Popien
Georg Poplutz
Andre Morsch
Kolner Akademie

Conductor

Michael Alexander Willens

Works

Agricola, Johann Friedrich

Cantata 'Der Gottmensch jauchzt' (Easter Cantata)
Die Auferstehung des Erlosers: Ein musikalisches Gedicht

Homilius, Gottfried August

Frohlocket und preiset den gottlichen Held: Oratorium auf Ostern, HoWV I.11

Artists

Hannah Morrison
Rahel Maas
Bethany Seymour
Elisabeth Popien
Georg Poplutz
Andre Morsch
Kolner Akademie

Conductor

Michael Alexander Willens

About

On this new production the Kölner Akademie has recorded two oratorios composed by members of the generation after Bach and explicitly focusing on the theme of the Resurrection. Johann Friedrich Agricola composed Die Auferstehung des Erlösers for performance in Berlin during Easter in 1758, and Gottfried August Homilius wrote the Oratorium auf Ostern in 1767, for probable performances in Dresden. Agricola’s Easter cantata Der Gottmensch jauchzt is included with the two oratorios. Regarded during his lifetime as “certainly now absolutely the best church composer”, Homilius wrote an extensive cantata consisting of ten individual movements in the form of his oratorio for Easter. His music already displays elements of Early Classicism and the empfindsamer Stil, his cantata choruses are frequently of homophonic design and song character, and the polyphonic sections are rather rare. While the oratorio by Homilius continues to contain the historical component of the Easter event, Die Auferstehung des Erlösers by Agricola, with its subtitle Ein musikalisches Gedicht, is much more freely designed. The works presented here attest to the mastery of their composers. Arias of marvelous musical beauty, the naturalness of their expression, and the dramatic suspense in the individual movements continue to make for compelling listening even today.

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