£16 post free World-wide

 


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


 


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

Search
What's New
Previous CDs
Concerts
Jazz
Nostalgia
Composers
Resources
Announce
Labels index


Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    



Some items
to consider


BRAHMS Complete Edition
58CD £95.22


Shostakovich 14 Petrenko


Rachmaninov #3
Prokofiev #2

 


Dunedin Consort

Peter Grimes

Hymn of Jesus: Sea Drift

Complete Mozart Edition
Mozart complete edition

Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5 & 8 £11

Weiner, Klepper, Bloch, Schulhoff £12 post free


Available again


 
REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
CDAccord
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter
 

alternatively
CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767)
Der aus der Löwengrube errette Daniel TVWV deest •Oratorium auf das Michaelisfest [69:42]
Annegret Kleindopf (soprano); Ekkehard Abele (bass); Laurie Reviol (soprano); Stephan Schreckenberger (bass); Kai Wessel (counter-tenor); Jörn Lindemann (tenor); Annemei Blessing Leyhausen (soprano); Julian Prégardien (tenor)
La Stagione Frankfurt/Michael Schneider
rec. 16, 17 March 2008, Konzerthaus Georg Philipp Telemann, Magdeburg, Germany. DDD
CPO 777 397-2 [69:42]

Experience Classicsonline


The music on this beautifully sung and played CD is part of CPO's project, 'Musica Sacra Hamburgensis 1600-1800'. As much as anything, this celebrates the post of city church director in Hamburg over those two centuries; it features the music of those composers who held the post - including Telemann.

Until recently, the oratorio Der aus der Löwengrube errette Daniel (Daniel delivered from the lion's den) was rarely associated with Telemann. One reason for that was its incorrect ascription to Handel, despite at least two documents which attest unambiguously to its real authorship. It's now clear that the piece was first performed as part of the annual church cycle on 29 September 1730/31, for the feast of St Michael; it was composed to a libretto by Albrecht Jacob Zell (1701-1754).

Der aus der Löwengrube errette Daniel has many operatic qualities. This must have been somewhat contentious for Telemann. He was still writing operas; but opera was a genre frowned upon by the city authorities. The devotional aspects of this work, though, mean that it is an oratorio and not an opera - despite the inclusion of many aspects of the latter… attention to character, some dramatic dialogue and choral writing, as well as frequent short commentaries on the action - the chorus's intervention in the recitative, Verräter seht ihr nun [tr.31], for example.

Above all, it's the setting of a Biblical theme - and a martial one at that - which confers upon Der aus der Löwengrube errette Daniel its most prominent theological stamp. But there is much human interest: we really care about Daniel's fate. We easily identify with a strong figure determined to face adversity rather than capitulate to a doctrine to which it is impossible to subscribe. Indeed, we can readily respond to the joyous outcome of Daniel's courage and his eventual deliverance. There is a welcome absence of rhetoric in both music and text, though, such that the outcome is not a forgone conclusion. The final chorus, for example (Herr Gott, wir loben Dir [tr.36]) is almost understated. Certainly far from overblown. There is a distinctly subdued confidence, rather than anything triumphant, which makes the point that the 'right stance' will always be rewarded - a position that must surely have pleased the Hamburg establishment's strong Lutheran spirit.

If anything, the singers tend to underplay the triumph almost to the point of treating it as a matter of course. Though they never render it either mundane or matter of fact. One almost expects just a little more 'pep'. The soloists are also somewhat restrained. Kai Wessel (Daniel) and Laurie Reviol (Arbaces) stand out, nevertheless, as totally in command of roles which they perform tidily and in contained ways. La Stagione Frankfurt plays something of a supporting role - equally careful and precise; the trumpets have a particularly important place in underpinning the military flavour of the action.

The CD comes with a useful booklet in English and French as well as German. The acoustic is a little lacking in reverberation and atmosphere. Only if you have come to expect somewhat more lively and interpretation-rich performances of Telemann's vocal music will you find this restraint anything other than appropriate, given the expectations placed upon the composer by his pious patrons. As it is, be assured that Schneider's is an appropriate way to perform this intriguing oratorio. His interpretation deserves close attention. The performers explore the motives, fears and joy of their characters as characters and not as 'types'. If we're truly prepared to enjoy such an unknown work, this is just right. Look into this if you like the less well-lit corners of Baroque choral music; or if you respond to persuasive and contained singing and playing by specialists in music of the period.

Mark Sealey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.