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GRAUN, C.H.: Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) (Willens)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Kolner Akademie


Michael Alexander Willens


Nina Koufochristou


Texas All-State Women's Choir



Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal


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Total Time - 63:58
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GRAUN, C.H.: Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio) (Willens)

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Osteroratorium (Easter Oratorio)

1 Part I: Siehe, es hat uberwunden der Lowe (Chorus) 4:32
2 Part I: Accompagnato: O susser Ostertrost (Alto) 1:16
3 Part I: Jesum suchen und nicht finden (Alto) 6:57
4 Part I: Recitative: Doch, wie der Heiland des Verlorne suchte (Tenor) 0:35
5 Part I: Zerstreute Schafe, sammelt euch (Tenor) 4:14
6 Part I: Recitative: Lebt Jesus, was ist man betrubt (Bass) 0:57
7 Part I: Seele, freue dich mit Zittern (Bass) 5:25
8 Part I: Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ (Chorus) 1:01
9 Part II: Selig sind, die nicht sehen und doch glauben (Chorus) 3:08
10 Part II: Recitative: Ich sehe dich zwar nicht, mein Jesu, so (Alto) 0:54
11 Part II: Mein herz singt dir jetzt Freudenlieder (Alto) 5:33
12 Part II: Recitative: Zwar wollen alle meine Seelenfeinde (Bass) 0:57
13 Part II: Trotzet, ihre Feinde, vereinigt zusammen (Bass) 4:55
14 Part II: Tod, Sund, Teufel, Leben und Gnad (Chorus) 0:37
15 Part II: Jesus ist erstanden (Chorus) 0:44
16 Part II: Sagt's den Jungern, saget's allen (Tenor) 3:42
17 Part II: Accompagnato: O grossr Holl- und Todesuberwinder (Bass) 0:51
18 Part II: Die Menschen haben beigetragen (Bass) 3:56
19 Part II: Accompagnato: Wir wollen aber jetzt zum leeren Grabe gehen (Soprano) 1:13
20 Part II: O seliger Wandel, wo Jesus mitwandelt (Soprano) 4:51
21 Part II: Trost' auch andere fromme Seelen (Chorus) 0:52
22 Part III: Der Herr ist wahrhaftig auferstanden (Chorus) 1:38
23 Part III: Accompagnato: Zuletzt, o Jesu lass deiner Auferstehung Wahrheit (Tenor) 1:18
24 Part III: Ach, mein Jesu! ach bleib bei uns (Soprano, Tenor) 3:00
25 Part III: Recitative: Indessen wollen wir dein Siegesfest (Tenor) 0:19
26 Part III: Schlusschoral: Nun singet all' zu dieser Frist (Choral) 0:33
 Nina Koufochristou Soloist
 Michael Alexander Willens Conductor

The world premiere recording of Graun’s Easter Oratorio, interpreted on historical instruments by the Kolner Akademie led by Willens.  The music is imaginative and festive and displays a musical affinity to Bach’s cantata oeuvre.  The more complex, more finely crafted melodic formation stands out significantly from the simplicity of Graun’s later works. 

"...Michael Alexander Willens gives Graun’s oratorio an honest reading, drawing fine performances from the four soloists, the four ripienists who make up the choir, and an especially fine orchestra... All in all, an hour’s pleasant and uplifting listening; if you are emotionally exhausted after one Matthew Passion too many, this might be the perfect remedy."

Brian Clark - Early Music Review 159 - April 2014

"... For anyone looking to go beyond Bach and Handel for worthy examples of late-Baroque sacred music, this recording should be a prime choice, highly recommended."

James A Altena - Fanfare - September/October 2013

"... The performance is everything we expect from first-rate early music artists. The vocal soloists have the appropriate weight and tone for this music and seem entirely at home with it stylistically. They are undaunted by the  sometimes athletic vocal writing. A ripieno quartet from the Cologne Academy expands the vocal ensemble to eight for the choruses. In short, it is a performance that can be  enjoyed rather than endured, and readers with any interest in this composer and period will certainly want to acquire it..."

William J Gaten - American Record Guide - September/October 2013

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