Reformation, 1517-2017

Reformation, 1517-2017

by Clare College Choir, Cambridge

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Overview

This release lives up to its title, marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's famed theses-nailing session of 1517. The music covers much of the intervening period, beginning with the chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" by Martin Luther himself and using chorales from Luther's day (and later) to introduce works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Vaughan Williams that make use of them. The mixed-gender, young-adult choristers of the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, seem a bit ill at ease in Bach, more comfortable in Brahms and especially Mendelssohn, and positively radiant at Vaughan Williams' "Lord, thou has been our refuge." The unstated agenda is perhaps even more effective than the stated one of marking the Lutheran legacy: the album is also about the inflection of the style of the Romantic composer by that legacy, especially in its Bachian form. Sample Brahms' little-heard "Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No. 1," where Luther's chorale clarifies the texture as finale. The album is beautifully recorded in an unspecified venue, presumably the Clare College chapel. A recommended, offbeat choice for this significant occasion.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2017
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 3149020226520
catalogNumber: 902265
Rank: 206730

Tracks

  1. Now thank we all our God (Nun danket alle Gott)
  2. Cantata No. 80, "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," BWV 80 (BC A183)
  3. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Ein feste Burg)
  4. Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
  5. O God Our Help in Ages Past (Tune: St. Anne)
  6. Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1
  7. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, hymn for chorus
  8. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, chorale cantata for soloist, chorus & strings in A minor
  9. Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten
  10. Cantata No. 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild," BWV 79 (BCA184)

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