Aumann: Oratorium De Passione Domini Nostri Jesu Christi

Ars Antiqua Austria; Gunar Letzbor

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Format: 2CD

Cat No: ACC24405

Release Date:  22 March 2024

Label:  Accent

Packaging Type:  Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)

No of Units:  2

Barcode:  4015023244054

Genres:  Classical  Choral  

  • Description

    It was a sensational find in many respects when Gunar Letzbor discovered the Passion by the composer and Augustinian canon Franz Joseph Aumann in the archives of St Florian's Abbey (near Linz, Austria) and other monasteries.

    This oratorio de Passione Domini nostri Jesu Christi was not only a highly expressive work from the early classical period, but also, contrary to what the Latin title might suggest, the only known surviving Catholic Passion composition in German.

    The work, which lasts around two hours, does not recount the Passion of Christ as is usually the case; instead, its atmospheric images and reflections focus on the emotional coping with the incomprehensible - Jesus' death on the cross.

    The Aumann Passion was probably performed on Good Friday in St Florian's Abbey. It's music is reminiscent of compositions by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach or Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross. Daring harmonic turns repeatedly heighten the expression, impressive choral movements sung by the four soloists and complex fugues make the suffering of Christ and the grief of the faithful sound impressive.

    Gunar Letzbor and Ars Antiqua Austria are joined by soloists Alois Muhlbacher, Markus Miesenberger and Alexandre Baldo for this new recording.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Introductio. Adagio - Fuga
      • 2. Chor: Erdenangel sich erschuttern
      • 3. Aria: Mein Jesus hangt am Kreuzesstamm
      • 4. Rezitativ: O Sunder doch erwache
      • 5. Arioso: Dir das Leben zu erwerben
      • 6. Rezitativ: Wer, wer ist der?
      • 7. Aria: Lass den Glaub in dir erwachen
      • 8. Rezitativ: Ach! Ach!
      • 9. Aria: Wann man sieht die Erden zittern
      • 10. Rezitativ: Hoffnung ist zwar ein Trost

      Disc 2

      • 1. Arioso: Ich Armer hab den Tod
      • 2. Rezitativ: Billig und recht
      • 3. Duett: Glaube, Mensch vor dich dein Gott
      • 4. Rezitativ: Glaub und Hoffnung mich aufrichten
      • 5. Aria: Brennet zarte Liebesflammen
      • 6. Rezitativ: Ach! Liebe, Vollkommenheit der Werke
      • 7. Terzett: Glaube, hoffe, liebe
      • 8. Rezitativ: Nun sei es denn ohne Verlust
      • 9. Aria: Bitterheisse Tranen fliebet
      • 10. Rezitativ: Der Glauben zu dem Heil
      • 11. Chor: Jesu durch dein bitters Sterben