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Keiser: Brockes-Passion

Magazine article Gramophone

Keiser: Brockes-Passion

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Keiser

Brockes-Passion

Zsuzsi Toth sop Jan Van Elsacker ten Peter Kooij bass Vox Luminis; Les Muffatti/Peter Van Heyghen

Ramee [M] [2] RAM1303 (12T * DDD * T/t)

Intrepid admirers of Baroque sacred music will probably know something about Handel's so-called Brockes Passion (c1716), and there have also been high-profile recordings of settings by Telemann (Frankfurt, 1716) and Stolzel (Gotha, 1725). However, Barthold Heinrich Brockes's innovative German Passion oratorio libretto Der fur die Sunde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus was originally set to music by Reinhard Keiser for domestic performance at the poet's house in Holy Week 1712. This recording is the fruit of collaboration between Belgian Baroque band Les Muffatti and Gramophone Award-winning vocal ensemble Vox Luminis; bass Lionel Meunier takes responsibility for his group of singers but the overall performance is conducted with ideal rhetorical solemnity and dramatic intensity by Peter Van Heyghen.

Peter Kooij is surprisingly bold in his delivery of some of Jesus's vivid accompanied recitatives but there are plenty of moments that display his customarily compassionate singing, such as the soliloquy 'Mein Vater, schau wie ich mich quale'. …

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