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Mozart - Die Schuldigkeit Des Ersten Gebots

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Cora Burggraaf

- (mezzo-soprano)

Sarah Fox

- (soprano)

Sophie Bevan

- (soprano)

Andrew Kennedy

- (tenor)

Allan Clayton

- (tenor)


Blackheath Halls, London

29-31 August 2012


Philip Hobbs


Philip Hobbs

Record Label


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 84:29
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Die Schuldigkeit Des Ersten Gebots, K.35

1 Sinfonia 3:20
2 Recitative 'Die löblich' und gerechte Bitte' 1:46
3 No.1, Aria: 'Mit Jammer muß ich schauen' 6:05
4 Recitative: 'So vieler Seelen Fall' 1:59
5 No.2, Aria: 'Ein ergimmter Löwe brüllet' 6:14
6 Recitative: 'Was glaubst du' 0:51
7 Accompanied recitative: 'Wenn aus so vieler Tausend Mund' 2:20
8 No.3, Aria: 'Erwache, fauler Knecht' 7:36
9 Recitative: 'Er reget sich' 0:18
10 Accompanied recitative: 'Wie, wer erwecket mich?' 3:56
11 No.4, Aria: 'Hat der Schöpfer dieses Leben' 7:14
12 Accompanied recitative: 'Daß Träume Träme sind' 1:28
13 No.5, Aria: 'Jener Donnerworte Kraft' 9:37
14 Recitative: 'Ist dieses, o so zweifle nimmermehr' 1:43
15 No.6, Aria: 'Schildre einen Philosophen' 5:14
16 Recitative: 'Wen hör' ich nun hier' 4:06
17 No.7, Aria: 'Manches Übel will zuweilen' 7:29
18 Recitative: 'Er hält mich einem Kranken gleich' 2:26
19 Recitative: 'Hast du nunmehr erfahren' 1:11
20 No.8, Trio: 'Laßt mir eurer Gnade Schein' 9:36

The first release in a new partnership between Classical Opera and Signum Records begins with Mozart’s remarkable sacred singspiel Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, composed when he was just eleven. The music is full of tender beauty, dynamism and descriptive flair, and the young composer’s innate sense of understanding and sympathy for the human condition already shines through. The story follows the efforts of The Spirit of Christianity (Andrew Kennedy) – aided by Divine Justice (Cora Burggraaf ) and Divine Mercy (Sarah Fox) – to win back the heart of a Lapsed Christian (Allan Clayton) as he lies fast asleep. In opposition to this however stands The Spirit of Worldliness (Sophie Bevan), who urges the Christian to forget what The Spirit shows him and to follow her pleasure-seeking philosophies. As Justice and Mercy withdraw to observe, The Spirit of Christianity seeks to win back the lapsed Christian, but will this lost soul be able to resist the temptations of indulgence and short-term satisfaction that Worldliness offers? 


"... enthusiastic playing of the pungent instruments of the orchestra under Ian Page. The soloists are all effective. Outstanding are Andrew Kennedy, wit his clear ringing tenor, and the pure bright soprano of Sarah Fox ..."

Ralph V Lucano - American Record Guide - March/April 2014

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