Musica Baltica Vol.7: Meder - Sacred Music | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG9022192

Musica Baltica Vol.7: Meder - Sacred Music

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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG9022192

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 8th January 2021

Contents

Artists

Ingrida Gapova (soprano)
Anna Zawiska (soprano)
Klaudia Trzasko (soprano)
Joanna Sperska (soprano)
David Erler (countertenor)
Helena Poczykowska (alto)
Jakob Pilgram (tenor)
Sebastian Mach (tenor)
Christian Immler (bass)
Dawid Biwo (bass)
Goldberg Baroque Ensemble

Conductor

Andrzej Szadejko

Works

Meder, Johann Valentin

Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder
Die hollische Schlange darf nimmer uns beissen
Gott, du bist derselbe mein Konig
Gott, mein Herz ist bereit
Lauda Jerusalem Dominum
Meine Seele seufzt und stohnet (Andachtige Communion-Musique)
Quid est hoc quod sentio
Vox mitte clamorem
Wie murren denn die Leut' im Leben also?

Artists

Ingrida Gapova (soprano)
Anna Zawiska (soprano)
Klaudia Trzasko (soprano)
Joanna Sperska (soprano)
David Erler (countertenor)
Helena Poczykowska (alto)
Jakob Pilgram (tenor)
Sebastian Mach (tenor)
Christian Immler (bass)
Dawid Biwo (bass)
Goldberg Baroque Ensemble

Conductor

Andrzej Szadejko

About

Continuing MDG’s pioneering ‘Musica Baltica’ series, this new SACD recording presents works by Johann Valentin Meder, who was Kapellmeister at St. Mary’s church, Gdansk, until 1698, including motets with up to three choirs.

It must have been spectacular when the Council was newly elected in Gdansk - music was played on all the organs in St Mary’s Church, and the responsible Kapellmeister had to deliver festive multi-choral works for the occasion. Andrzej Szadejko and his Goldberg Baroque Ensemble convey a fascinating impression of this baroque practice in a splendid premiere recording of Meder’s sacred music.

Elsewhere, multi-choir singing had long since gone out of fashion, but in Meder’s music, this opulent and therefore harmonically mostly simple movement style of earlier times is combined with the highly topical concertante style of the Italian Baroque. Meder was always at the forefront of musical styles; one of the first operas in German language was written by him. This lavish production highlights the large, recently reconstructed late baroque Merten-Friese organ on the rood screen of Gdansk’s Trinity Church which is also used for the three-choir motets.

Together with kettledrums, trumpets and trombones, it completes the tonal triangle with the top-class vocal choirs on the right and left, using the fullsounding pedal work - an exciting sound celebration, which can of course be experienced most impressively in three-dimensional reproduction via MDG’s 2+2+2 SACD superb recording technique.

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