Magazine article Opera Canada

The Heart's Refuge

Magazine article Opera Canada

The Heart's Refuge

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THE HEARTS REFUGE

THEATRE OF EARLY MUSIC

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Daniel Taylor takes a step back from his usual role of showing off his exquisite countertenor to lead his always-impressive group of singers known as Theatre of Early Music--along with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music's Schola Cantorum, five vocal soloists, a small complement of strings and continuo--in a program of 17th-century Lutheran cantatas. The disc features works by five German composers: Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703, J.S. Bach's first cousin once removed), Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Kuhnau and Nicolaus Bruhns. This is peaceful, consoling music, totally at odds with any thoughts of the bloody 30 Years' War that raged at the time, and sung with a purity of tone that is magical at every turn.

Buxtehude's lilting Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, marked by a persistent but captivating ground bass, opens the program. Bach's strophic, hymn-like aria, Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben, follows, and the disc concludes with the two most extended pieces, Kuhnau's Gott, sei mir gnadig nach deiner Gute and Bruhns' Ich liege und schlafe mit Frieden. …

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