Closing concert of the Music Festival at the Oder
Heilig „Herr, wert, dass Scharen der Engel dir dienen“
for alto-solo, choir & orchestra Wq 217-H 778
Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu
oratorio for solo, choir & orchestra Wq 240-H 777
During the closure-concert for the Music Festival at the Oder, we will hear the Holy „Herr, wert, dass Scharen der Engel dir dienen“ for alt-solo, choir and orchestra Wq 217 — H 778 and 'Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu' (Resurrection and Ascension) oratorio for soloist, choir and orchestra Wq 204 — H 777, punctually for the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the celebrated son of J.S. Bach, who studied and played in Frankfurt (Oder) and after whom the local concert hall was named.
The combination of the two compositions, is due to the musical history they share. During the second performance of the oratorio 'Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu' in Hamburg in the late 18th century, the Holy also sounded as the first act.
The Holy is divided into an ariette (alto-solo) with a text by Herder, followed by an eight-voiced "doublechoir" which underlines, thanks to its anthemic mastery, the compository greatness of CPEB.
The oratorio 'Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu' was deemed to be the example for a new genre. The Libretto by Karl Wilhelm Ramler characterises this sound. The missing chorals and the fact that the premiere was not in a church, but in the "Concertsaal auf dem Kamp" in Hamburg, suggest that the oratorio has not been written for performances in a church, but was bound to be performed in concert halls. While the first part of the oratorio describes the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the second part describes his ascension.
Rarely you will find bible quotations in Ramlers Libretto, the majority is considered to be originary poetry. In permanent transition, recitatives sound to describe the biblical plot, and arias, as well as choirs, underline the contextual feelings and thoughts.
The massive choirfugue "Alles was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn!" (All that has breath, praise the lord!) closes the opus, which is a distinguished example for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs sensitive style.
Großer Chor der Singakademie Frankfurt (Oder)
Awardees of the international Johann-Sebastian-Bach competition Leipzig:
Marie Friederike Schöder (soprano)
Benno Schachtner (alto)
Dávid Szigetvári (tenor)
Matthias Winckhler (basso)
Rudolf Tiersch (conductor)