Trauer-Music for Prince Leopold
Title:

Trauer-Music for Prince Leopold

Composer:
Artists:

Andrew Parrott
Taverner Consort and Players
Emily Van Evera, soprano
Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Tom Meglioranza, baritone

Cat No:

AV2241

Price:

£12.49

Summary:

Andrew Parrott is a master of musicological detective work known for his adventurous and uncompromising scholarship. He is also internationally known for his pioneering historically informed performances and recordings of pre-classical repertory. This new release combines the best of both, resulting in the first full reconstruction and recording of the funeral music for J. S. Bach’s patron, Prince Leopold of Cöthen. Bach’s years in Cöthen were musically fertile and Prince Leopold was a knowledgeable and committed supporter of music and the arts, so it’s ironic that much of Bach’s output during those years has been lost or even destroyed. The score for Trauer-Music, written in 1728 on the occasion of the Prince’s sudden death at the age of 34, has almost completely disappeared, yet through the discovery of numerous clues in other works and writings, Parrott has been able to reconstruct what was clearly a heart-felt homage.

Parrott conducts the renowned Taverner Consort and Players, the organisation he founded in 1973, and a superb roster of baroque vocal soloists. A unique document and superb performance make this a recording for classical music aficionados and lovers of Bach’s music alike.

Tracklist:

J. S. BACH (1685 – 1750)
Trauer-Music for Prince Leopold

Burial Service
AT THE ARRIVAL OF THE COFFIN
1. aria (B) Laß, Leopold, Dich nicht begraben (6.03)
2. recitativo (A) Wie kont es möglich seyn (1.02)
3. aria (B) Wird auch gleich nach tausend Zähren (4.06)
4. recitativo (T) Und, Herr, das ist die Specerey (0.44)
5. ‘aria a 2. Chören’ (T) Geh, Leopold, zu Deiner Ruh (5.43)

Memorial Service
FOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL OF THE PRINCIPAL MOURNERS
6. coro (‘aria’) Klagt, Kinder (6.28)
7. recitativo (T) O Land! Bestürtztes Land! (1.19)
8. aria (A) Weh und Ach (4.25)
9. recitativo (S) Wie, wenn der Blitze Grausamkeit (1.05)
10. aria (S) Zage nur, du treues Land (5.02)
11. recitativo (T) Ach ja! Dein Scheiden geht uns nah (1.20)
12. coro (‘aria’) Komm wieder, Theurer Fürsten-Geist (5.14)

FOLLOWING THE SERMON
13. coro Wie haben einen Gott, der da hilfft (1.52)
14. recitativo (A) Betrübter Anblick, voll Erschrecken ( 0.44)
15. aria (A) Erhalte mich Gott (6.16)
16. recitativo (S) Jedoch der schwache Mensche zittert nur (1.03)
17. aria (S) Mit Freuden sey die Welt verlassen (5.07)
18. recitativo (T) Wohl also Dir, Du aller Fürsten Zier (0.20)
19. coro (repeat of 13) Wie haben einen Gott, der da hilfft (1.59)

FOLLOWING THE CURRICULUM VITÆ AND THE PRAYERS
20. aria (B) Bleibet nun in eurer Ruh (6.33)
21. recitativo (T) Und Du betrübtes Fürsten-Hauß (1.08)
22. aria (S) Hemme Dein gequältes Kräncken (3.30)
23. recitativo (T) Nun scheiden wir, Hochseelger Leopold, von Dir (1.11)
24. coro (‘aria tutti’) Die Augen sehn nach Deiner Leiche (6.26)
Total time: 78.40

Recorded 25 – 30 November 2010 in St. Michael’s Church, Oxford, UK
Recording Engineer: Adrian Hunter

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