Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, K35

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Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, K35

Label:

Signum

Catalogue No:

SIGCD343

Discs:

2

Release date:

30th Sept 2013

Barcode:

0635212034323

Medium:

CD
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Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, K35


Allan Clayton (Christian), Andrew Kennedy (Spirit of Christianity), Sophie Bevan (Spirit of Worldliness), Cora Burggraaf (Divine Justice), Sarah Fox (Divine Mercy)

The Orchestra of Classical Opera, Ian Page

CD - 2 discs

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The first release in a new partnership between Classical Opera and Signum Records begins with Mozart's remarkable sacred singspiel, composed when he was just 11.

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 these efforts 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?

September’s release of 'Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots' is the second in Classical Opera’s ambitious 20-volume series (following the release of 'Apollo et Hyacinthus' on Linn Records last year) with plans to release one Mozart opera and one further disc a year on Signum.

Next in the series is a new recording of 'Mitridate', due for release in autumn 2014, featuring Miah Persson, Sophie Bevan, Andrew Kennedy and Robert Murray under the baton of Ian Page.

The second disc in this 2CD set is an Enhanced CD, featuring an exclusive 10-minute feature on the making of the recording. The booklet includes full texts and translations of the libretto.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, K35

Sinfonia

Recit: Die löblich' und gerechte Bitte

No. 1, Aria: Mit Jammer muss ich schauen

Recit: So vieler Seelen

No. 2, Aria: Ein ergrimmter Löwe brüllet

Recit: Was glaubst du

Recit - Wenn aus so vieler Tausend Mund

No. 3, Aria: Erwache, fauler Knecht

Recit: Er reget sich

Recit: Wie, wer erwecket mich?

No. 4, Aria: Hat der Schöpfer dieses Leben

Recit: Dass Träume Träume sind

No. 5, Aria: Jener Donnerworte Kraft

Recit: Ist dieses, o so zweifle nimmermehr

No. 6, Aria: Schildre einen Philosophen

Recit: Wen hör' ich nun hier in der Nähe?

No. 7, Aria: Manches Übel will zuweilen

Recit: Er hält mich einem Kranken gleich

Recit: Hast du nunmehr erfahren

No. 8, Terzetta: Lasst mir eurer Gnade Schein

Gramophone Magazine

October 2013

“Page and the Orchestra of Classical Opera have an unerring knack for making the most out of the young Mozart's characterful music...tenors Andrew Kennedy and Allan Clayton sing with an ideal synthesis of muscular directness and Mozartian elegance...[Worldliness's arias] are both sung with mischievous elan by Sophie Bevan.”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas Issue 2013

“The piece is performance to a high standard, with tenors Andrew Kennedy and Allan Clayton making the most of the Spirit of Christianity and the Half-Hearten Christian respectively. Soprano Sophie Bevan suggests all the pleasures of Worldliness, and soprano Sarah Fox exemplifies a compassionate Divine Mercy.”

MusicWeb International

27th November 2013

“the relatively small orchestra, clear textures and buoyant pacing convinces the listener that this is no dull oratorio but a genuinely dramatic work...The whole cast are admirable...All sing with clarity and freshness, similar virtues to those displayed by the orchestra, and Ian Page’s pacing is unerringly convincing.”

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