GRAUPNER Duo-Kantaten

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: (Johann) Christoph Graupner

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Christophorus

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CHR77427

CHR77427. GRAUPNER Duo-Kantaten

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Waffne dich mein Geist zu kämpfen (Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Franz Vitzthum
Peter Barczi
Capricornus Consort Basel
Miriam Feuersinger
Canon in B-Flat Major (Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Peter Barczi
Capricornus Consort Basel
Weg, verdammtes Sündenleben Capricornus Consort Basel
Miriam Feuersinger
Franz Vitzthum
Peter Barczi
(Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Sonata in G Minor (Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Peter Barczi
Capricornus Consort Basel
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein Peter Barczi
Franz Vitzthum
Miriam Feuersinger
Capricornus Consort Basel
(Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Overture in F Capricornus Consort Basel
(Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Peter Barczi
Triosonate (Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Peter Barczi
Capricornus Consort Basel
Demütiget euch nun (Johann) Christoph Graupner Composer
Capricornus Consort Basel
Franz Vitzthum
Miriam Feuersinger
Peter Barczi
Poor Christoph Graupner. The general consensus about the composer (a pupil of Kuhnau’s and a contemporary of Telemann and Handel) is that his greatest contribution to musical history was his absence: it was his refusal of the role of Cantor at Leipzig that cleared the way for one JS Bach to take the position.

But the composer really is more than a novelty footnote in musical history, as a steadily growing (and now really quite substantial) discography has proved. This latest addition is another attractive reminder of a composer whose distinctive voice combines the languorous harmonic beauty of Kuhnau with a restraint and sense of melodic line that’s much closer to Bach.

Soprano Miriam Feuersinger and countertenor Franz Vitzthum here join Peter Barczi and the Capricornus Consort Basel for a selection of the composer’s duet cantatas. Sacred texts keep Graupner’s naturally operatic instincts in check but he still sneaks in plenty of human drama, delighting in the metaphorical friction of male-female duets.

If the cantata Waffne dich, mein Geist, zu kämpfen is gracefully pretty – rarely rippling the musical surface – then the opening Demüthiget euch nun finds an altogether richer vein of musical emotion. The aria ‘Bücke dich’ for soprano and Eva Borhi’s balletic solo violin is a rapt meditation, while the duet ‘Ich bin gedruckt’ from Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen seyn paints despair in the most sensual of colours.

The stern, Lutheran beauty of Feuersinger’s soprano is nicely offset by the breathier humanity of Vitzthum but they are, if anything, outdone by the ravishing beauty of the instrumental contributions. The opening overture Le desire is proto-Romantic chamber music, while the Grave, GWV218, pairs Borhi with Barczi himself in a delicious mesh of solo violin lines over continuo. Shivers-down-the-spine lovely.

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