Newstalgia Mid-Week Concert featuring a Christmas program by The Baroque Orchestra of Freiburg and The Collegium Vocale, Ghent conducted by Marcus Creed and featuring Christina Landshamer, Soprano in music of Bach and Zelenka - recorded live in concert on December 18, 2011.
December 21, 2011

Christina Landshamer - lending her gift of voice to Bach and Zelenka.

This week's concert was actually part of a 10 hour marathon run by Radio Nacional Espana on December 18th (last Sunday) which featured baroque concerts from all over Europe, relayed live as a Christmas Special and something of a musical feast in the process.

This segment features the Baroque Orchestra of Freiburg and the Collegium Vocale of Ghent in music of Bach and Zelenka. The orchestra is conducted by Marcus Creed and features Christina Landshamer, Soprano, Damiem Guillon, Alto, Thomas Hobbs, Tenor and Peter Kooij, Bass.

Notes are as follows:

Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2011, Stuttgarter Liederhalle, Mozartsaal

Johann Sebastian Bach stand seit seiner Köthener Zeit (1717-1723) in enger Verbindung zum Dresdner Hof, mit vielen Mitgliedern der berühmten Hofkapelle verbanden ihn sogar persönliche Kontakte. Einer davon war der Kontrabassist und Komponist Jan Dismas Zelenka, dessen Musik Bach sehr schätzte und von dem er zwei Messen als Abschrift in seiner eigenen Musikbibliothek besaß. Dessen "Missa Dei Filii" (Messe zu Ehre des Gottessohns) von 1749/41 markiert als Teil einer Trilogie - "Missa Dei Patris", "Missa Dei Filii", "Missa Omnium Sanctorum" - Zelenkas Spätwerk und lässt sich ebenso gut in der Weihnachtszeit aufführen wie Bachs Kantate BWV 62 "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland", die er in Leipzig 1724 in seinem 2. Kantatenjahrgang für den 1. Advent komponiert hatte. Zusammen mit dem in Köthen entstandenen, ersten "Brandenburgischen Konzert" entsteht somit ein stimmungsvolles Weihnachtsprogramm, in dessen Zentrum "Bach und Dresden" stehen.

J.S. Bach Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 1 F-Dur BWV 1046

Kantate BWV 62 „Nun komm der Heiden Heiland“

J.D. Zelenka Missa Dei Filii ZWV 20

Christina Landshamer, Sopran
Damien Guillon, Alt
Thomas Hobbs, Tenor
Peter Kooij, Bass
Collegium Vocale Gent
Marcus Creed, Dirigent

Announcements are in German and Spanish (over each other which gets confusing), but it's a great concert and definitely in the Christmas spirit. And I suppose the Anti-Road Rage Wednesday factor can also apply to last minute Christmas shopping.

Enjoy and breathe deep.

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