Kieling - St Matthew Passion | Arcantus ARC20020

Kieling - St Matthew Passion

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Label: Arcantus

Cat No: ARC20020

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th January 2022

Contents

Artists

Felix Heuser (tenor)
Vincent Berger (bass)
Malwine Nicolaus (soprano)
Clemens Walter Thom (countertenor)
Michael Gattwinkel (tenor)
Arthur Leopold Engel (bass)
La Protezione della Musica

Conductor

Jeroen Finke

Works

Kieling, Johann Cyriacus

St Matthew Passion

Artists

Felix Heuser (tenor)
Vincent Berger (bass)
Malwine Nicolaus (soprano)
Clemens Walter Thom (countertenor)
Michael Gattwinkel (tenor)
Arthur Leopold Engel (bass)
La Protezione della Musica

Conductor

Jeroen Finke

About

Founded by Jeroen Finke in 2015, La Protezione della Musica has within a short time developed into a highly regarded ensemble for the performance of music from the late 16th and early 17th centuries

On the present double CD the performers perform the world premiere of the St Matthew Passion by Johann Cyriacus Kieling (1670–1727), a baroque composer from Sachsen-Anhalt. Stylistically this Passion is a fusion of Schütz and Bach, sometimes highly emotional; it contains numerous short, songful and expressive arias, descriptive recitatives and virtuoso choruses.

The gospel text is very much in the arioso style, and is strongly reminiscent of the sound aesthetic of seventeenth-century histories. In its musical structure with choruses, chorales, recitatives and explanatory arias however, the work anticipates the monumental High Baroque settings of the St Matthew Passion by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, written some twenty years later.

The very youthful musicians from the St Thomas Choir in Leipzig and the colleges of music in Leipzig, Bremen and Dresden perform very grippingly and with great vitality.

After hearing this world première recording the listener will look forward to further projects from this ensemble.

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