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CHAN 0548

Telemann: Die Donner-Ode

The Classical Shop
release date: October 1993

Originally recorded in 1993


Collegium Musicum 90

Richard Hickox

Michael George


Stephen Roberts


Catherine Denley


Patrizia Kwella


Mark Tucker



St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London


Nicholas Anderson


Richard Lee

Peter Newble


Record Label



Early Music

Total Time - 60:00
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Die Donner-Ode

  Part 1;Teil 1; Première Partie  
1 1 Choir: Wie ist dein Name so groß 05:33
2 2 Soprano: Bringt her, ihr Helden aus göttlichem Samen 02:32
3 3 Alto: Fallt vor ihm hin 02:54
4 4 Tenor: Die Stimme Gottes erschüttert die Meere 01:22
5 5 Bass I: Die Stimme Gottes zerschmettert die Zedern 01:39
6 6 Bass II: Sie stürzt die stolzen Gebirge zusammen 02:09
7 7 Duet (Bass I & II): Er donnert, daß er verherrlichet werde 02:14
  Part 2; Teil 2; Deuxième Partie  
8 8 Choir: Mein Herz ist voll, com Geiste Gottes erhoben 01:49
9 9 Soprano: Schönster von allen Geschlechten 03:47
10 10 Bass I: Gürt an dein Schwert! 02:27
11 11 Bass II: Scharf sind deine Geschosse 02:04
12 Choir: Dein Zepter ist ein richtig Zepter 01:48
13 12 Tenor: Deines Namens, des herrlichen 02:56
14 13 Choir: Dein Nam' ist zuckersüß Honig im Munde 01:00
15 Choir: Wie ist dein Name so groß 05:34

Deus judicium tuum

16 1 Choir: Deus, judicium tuum regi da 03:09
17 2 Soprano: Suscipiant montes pacem populo 03:14
18 3 Bass: Et permanebit eum sole 01:01
19 4 Tenor: Descendet sicut pluvia in vellus 02:17
20 5 Choir: Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare 02:13
21 6 Bass: Coram illo procident Aethiopes 01:52
22 7 Soprano: Et adorabunt eum omnes reges terrae - 02:38
23 Duet (Soprano 1 & 2): Parcet pauperi et inopi 01:15
24 8 Choir: Benedictus Dominus. Deus Israel 02:33
 Patrizia Kwella soprano
 Catherine Denley contralto
 Mark Tucker tenor
 Michael George bass
 Stephen Roberts bass
 Richard Hickox
  17-19 June 1993  
Telemann: Die Donner Ode; Deus judicium tuum – CM90, Hickox

Telemann’s dramatic cantata Die Donner-Ode (The Thunder Ode) was a product of his extraordinarily creative old age. The first part is based on paraphrases of Psalms 8 and 29, which celebrate the majesty and strength of God, and was written in 1756 to commemorate the Lisbon earthquake. To modern sensibilities, the triumphalism of the work might seem to be a prime example of Panglossian Enlightenment complacency. But it is the persuasiveness and skill of that very triumphalism that make this a stunning piece of music- indeed, it proved popular enough for Telemann to add a second section. Telemann makes imaginative use of the timpani and brass delineating these thunderous Psalms, particularly in the zestful opening chorus (reprised to great dramatic effect at the end of the ode) and in the powerful duet between the two basses (sonorously sung by Stephen Roberts and Michael George). Richard Hickox extracts typically lively and incisive playing from Collegium Musicum 90, with strong performances by the soloists and choir, so Telemann’s joyful optimism here seems to anticipate Haydn. Also on this disc is the earlier Psalm setting Deus judicium tuum, written in the French manner for a Parisian audience. This is a sparser and lighter work, but still characteristically inventive. William Humphreys-Jones, BBC Music Magazine ***** Performance ***** Sound

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