Johann Walter (1496-1570)
Geystliches Gesangk Buchleyn (1524/1525)
Martin Luthers Lieder

WESER-RENAISSANCE BREMEN
directed by Manfred Cordes
cpo 555 134-2
release: 13.11.2017

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A new era in church music dawned with the creation of German-language sacred songs functioning as the counterpart to Latin Gregorian chant. The WESER-RENAISSANCE ensemble under its experienced conductor Manfred Cordes is now presenting a colorful selection of the most beautiful hymn settings from the Wittenberg first edition of 1524-25.

The Urkantor Johann Walter was a close associate of Martin Luther and the founding father of the important institutional and artistic tradition of the Protestant cantorate. In his music Walter followed the model of the German tenor song, a genre important in the development of German music history and of secular orientation in its principal variant.

The melody is in the tenor part of the song settings, all of them in four parts, and in formal respects differs only slightly from the monophonic tradition. With his Gesangk Buchleyn Walter marked the beginning of the significant tradition of Protestant chorale settings that would reach its artistic high point in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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„Wie kann die Interpretation in diesen Werken Kontrast- und Ausdrucksreichtum veranschaulichen? Manfred Cordes und sein Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen versuchen es mit subtil variierenden Besetzungen zwischen vokalen und instrumentalen Partien, die Werke farbenreich darzustellen. Die Klangproportionen sind – wie es bei diesen Interpreten ja immer der Fall ist – bestens ausgewogen. … Und dann gibt es tief verinnerlichte, ja wahrhaft erschütternde Momente wie in Aus tiefer Not (tr. 6), wo man denkt: ja, das ist tatsächlich eine wegweisende Musik.“

klassik-heute.com, 15.01.2018

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