Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart
Kristen Witmer ⋅ Sopran soprano
Daniel Schreiber ⋅ Alt alto
Raphael Höhn ⋅ Tenor tenor
Wolf Matthias Friedrich ⋅ Bass bass
Bork Frithjof Smith ⋅ Zink cornett
Christine Häusler, Yosuke Kurihara ⋅ Posaune trombone
Matthias Spaeter ⋅ Laute lute
Simon Reichert ⋅ Orgel organ
Henning Wiegräbe ⋅ Posaune & Leitung trombone & direction

It has been a central topos of the Christian religion for centuries: the myth of death and resurrection. In the Protestant church, the suffering of Jesus Christ, who took it upon himself to free people from sin and suffering, is particularly emphasised. This core of faith was of course often a fertile source of inspiration for composers of sacred music, most prominently in the Passion settings by Johann Sebastian Bach. For Leonhard Lechner, a Catholic South Tyrolean who converted to Protestantism at the age of 18 and is described as an erudite theologian, the Passion of Christ is also particularly present: as early as the late 16th century, he demonstrated his special talent for combining contrapuntal writing with explicit word interpretation in songs and a motet passion. Henning Wiegräbe and the Ensemble Capricornus underline this impressively in their colourful performance.

Leonhard Lechner (ca. 1553 – 1606)
Of Death and Resurrection
1. Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet
aus: „Geistliche und weltliche Teutsche Lieder“, Nr. 14 (1589)
Blessed is he who Fears the Lord from: New Sacred and Secular German Songs, Nuremberg 1589
2. O Tod, du bist ein bittre Gallen aus: „Newe Teutsche Lieder“, Nr. 7 (1582)
Oh Death, you are a Bitter Gall fom: New Sacred and Secular German Songs, Nuremberg 1582
3. Wenn ich gedenk der Stund aus: „Newe Teutsche Lieder“, Nr. 3 (1579)
When I Think of the Hour from: New Sacred and Secular German Songs, Nuremberg 1579
4. Deutsche Sprüche von Leben und Tod
aus: „Newe gaistliche und weltliche teutsche Gsang“, Nr. 2 (1606)
German Proverbs on Life and Death from: New spiritual and secular German songs
Posthumous manuscript from 1606
5. Ein jeder Mensch bedenk eben aus: „Newe Teutsche Lieder“, Nr. 5 (1582)
Every Man Must Consider from: New German Songs, Nuremberg 1592
Historia der Passion (1593) / The story of the passion
6. Erster Teil Part One 7:53
7. Zweiter Teil Part Two 5:39
8. Dritter Teil Part Three 4:25
9. Vierter Teil Part Four 1:42
10. Fünfter Teil und Schluss Part Five and Conclusio 5:06
11. Christ ist erstanden aus: „Newe Teutsche Lieder“ Nr. 2 (1577)
Christ is risen from: New German Songs Nuremberg 1577
12. Gott bhüte dich aus: „Neue lustige Teutsche Lieder“, Nr. 7 (1586)
May God Bless You from: New German Songs, Nuremberg 1586
Total time 1:02:21

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