Johann Valentin Meder: Sacred Music (Musica Baltica 7)

Soloists; Goldberg Baroque Ensemble; Andrzej Szadejko

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Format: SACD

Cat No: MDG9022192

Release Date:  08 January 2021

Label:  MDG

Packaging Type:  Super Jewel Case (SACD)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  760623219264

Genres:  Classical  Choral  

  • Description

    Continuing MDG's pioneering 'Musica Baltica' series, this new SACD recording presents works by Johann Valentin Meder, who was Kapellmeister at St. Mary's church, Gdansk, until 1698, including motets with up to three choirs.

    It must have been spectacular when the Council was newly
    elected in Gdansk - music was played on all organs in St.
    Mary's Church, and the responsible Kapellmeister had to
    deliver festive multi-choral works for the occasion.

    Andrzej Szadejko and his Goldberg Baroque Ensemble
    convey a fascinating impression of this baroque practice
    in a splendid premiere recording of Meder's Sacred Music.

    Elsewhere, multi-choir singing had long since gone out of
    fashion, but in Meder's music, this opulent and therefore
    harmonically mostly simple movement style of earlier
    times is combined with the highly topical concertante
    style of the Italian Baroque. Meder was always at the forefront of musical styles; one of the first operas in German language was written by him.

    This lavish production highlights the large, recently reconstructed late baroque Merten-Friese organ on the rood screen of Gdansk's Trinity Church which is also used for the three-choir motets.

    Together with kettledrums, trumpets and trombones, it completes the tonal triangle with the top-class vocal choirs on the right and left, using the full-sounding pedal work - an exciting sound celebration, which can of course be experienced most impressively in three-dimensional reproduction via MDG's 2+2+2 SACD superb recording technique.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Johann Valentin Meder: Sacred Music - Lauda Jerusalem Dominum
      • 2. Quid Est Hoc Quod Sentio
      • 5. Ach Herr, Mich Armen Sunder
      • 7. Gott, Mein Herz Is Bereit
      • 8. Die Hollische Schlange Darf Nimmer Uns Beissen
      • 11. Wunschet Jersalem Gluck
      • 12. Vox Mitte Clamorem
      • 13. Wie Murren Denn Die Leut' Im Leben Also?
      • 16. Meine Seele Seufzt Und Stohnet (Andachtige Communion-Musique)
      • 18. Gott, Du Bist Derselbe Mein Konig