Verg ESSEN e Komponisten (Forgotten Composers) – Fiedler, Witte, Nedelmann




Led by Patrick Jaskolka, the Philharmonic Choir of Essen celebrates its 180th Anniversary with premiere recordings of Romantic vocal music by three almost-forgotten composers. All three were closely connected with the history of the choir which has uncovered some real gems of West German choral music, allowing them to come to light once again after decades of silence.

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MAX FIEDLER (1859 – 1939)

Zwei Gesänge für gemischten Chor op. 16
01 Ach, arme Welt 04:59
02 Zwei Königskinder 05:33

03 Im Frühling op. 4, Nr. 1 01:53
für Sopran und Klavier

04 Terzett »Frühling ist’s« 01:40
für Chor a cappella

05 Im Garten op. 4., Nr. 4 03:02
für Sopran und Klavier

06 Früh, wenn Thal, Gebirg und Garten 06:04
für Chor und Klavier

07 Morgenständchen 03:44
für Chor a cappella

08 Beim Abschied 05:25
für Chor a cappella

GEORG H. WITTE (1843 – 1929)

09 Nachts 03:28
für Sopran und Klavier

10 An die Sonne op. 17 17:04
für Chor und Klavier

Fünf Lieder op. 6
für Sopran und Klavier
11 Ich war ein Blatt am grünen Baum 01:37
12 Vom wilden Röschen 02:26
13 Könnt ich die schönsten Sträuße winden 01:57
14 Lenz überall 01:49
15 Ich weiß nicht, wie es gekommen 02:49

JOHANN W. G. NEDELMANN (1785 – 1862)

16 Die Lerche 02:25
für Sopran, Chor und Klavier

Drei Stücke für Sopran und Klavier
aus »Deutscher Liederkranz«
17 Zufriedenheit 02:48
18 Das Lied vom Glück 03:47
19 Das Abendläuten 03:04

20 Nachtwächterruf 03:43
für Männerchor
Tenor-Solo: Felix Schmidt

Marie Heeschen

Marie Heeschen studied voice with Christoph Prégardien and Lioba Braun at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne, where she also pursued the study of New Music with David Smeyers and Barbara Maurer. During her student years ­Heeschen also worked with Klesie ­Kelly-Moog, Ruth Ziesak, Martin Kränzle and Jil Feldman.
The versatile Heeschen is active in a wide range of classical music genres. As a soloist, she has performed in concerts and opera productions, appearing at the Handel Festival in Halle, the Frankish Summer Music Festival, the Oude Muyiek Fest in Utrecht, and the Acht Brücken Festival held in Cologne’s Philharmonie. She was a prize winner at the 2013 Biagio ­Marini Competition with her ensemble “paper kite”, with whom she also won prizes at the Premio Selifa in 2013 and 2015. In 2017 Heeschen released her debut CD felice un tempo. Her New Music ensemble BRuCH was the recipient of a grant from the Deutsche Musikrat for the 2017/18 season, collaborating with young composers such as Ricardo Eizirk and Matthias Krüger.
Maria Heeschen was a member of the Junges Ensemble in Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen in 2014/15. In the 2015/16 season she performed at the Bonn Opera in the role of Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in conjunction with Cologne’s University of Music and Dance. Since the 2017/18 season she has also been a regular ensemble member of the Bonn Opera and has filled in for roles including Musetta (La Boheme), Papagena (The Magic Flute), and Barbarina and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro).

Sebastian Breuing

Sebastian Breuing has proven himself to be a performer of great artistic and stylistic versatility, and in recent years has been equally in demand as a conductor, choral director, opera coach, and pianist.
Breuing studied conducting with an emphasis on choral directing in Cologne with Marcus Creed, and acted as Creed’s assistant for many years. Breuing’s repertoire encompasses choral literature from the Renaissance to the Modern era, and he focuses especially on the music of the Baroque and Baroque performance practice. He regularly appears as a pianist and conductor with the radio choirs of NDR, WDR, and MDR, the SWR Vocal Ensemble of Stuttgart, the Zurich Singakademie, and the ChorWerk Ruhr.
Breuing has dedicated himself to opera since his student years and has appeared at various national and international music festivals such as the Opera Festival in Aix-en-Provence, the Ruhrtriennale, the Handel Festival in Halle, Gotha’s Ekhof Festival, the Early Music Festival in Herne, as well as theatres in Bonn, Münster, and Oldenburg. He has worked with many well-known conductors, composers, and directors, including Louis Langrée, Peter Sellars, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christoph Eschenbach, Sylvain Cambreling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hans Zender, Heiner Goebbels, and René Jacobs.
Along with conducting, Breuing is also heavily involved with vocal coaching and lied accompanying, giving concerts and masterclasses both in Germany and abroad. Highlights include his work with performers and teachers such as Christoph Prégardien, Ingeborg Danz, Jan Hammar, and Helmut Deutsch.
Sebastian Breuing holds a position as instructor of correpetition at the University of Music in Nuremburg.
Philharmonic Choir of Essen
“The Essen singers have sung it so beautifully, that it is not I who composed the piece.” Thus wrote Brahms in 1885 on the occasion of the first performance of his motet Oh Saviour, open heaven wide.

Patrick Jaskolka

Patrick Jaskolka was born in 1983 and has been assistant choral director for the Aalto Music Theatre since the 2016/17 season. In this capacity, he conducts the Philharmonic Choir of Essen,  works with the Aalto Opera Chorus in productions and leads the Aalto Children’s Choir.
After training as a music educator in the areas of music and theology, Patrick Jaskolka studied choral conducting under Marcus Creed at the University of Music and Theatre in Cologne. He also studied harpsichord with Christian Rieger at the Folkwand University of the Arts in Essen.
Jaskolka has been heavily involved in preparing the choral parts for opera productions, concerts, CDs, and radio broadcasts, in conjunction with musicians such as Wayne Marshall, Jonathan Nott, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mikhail Pletnev, Tomáš Netopil and Richard Egarr. However, a good deal of his energy is still focused on the actual choral literature itself. He is noted for his artistic ability to produce finely honed choral sonorities and stylistically sensitive interpretations, as well as his creative and unusual programming choices.
As a sought-after authority on choral conducting and children›s singing, Patrick Jaskolka is in frequent demand as a special lecturer and clinician and regularly serves on the juries of choral competitions. He also acts as an advisor at the regional and federal levels for the Association of German Concert Choirs.

Philharmonischer Chor Essen

The Philharmonic Choir of Essen was founded as the Musical Association for Singing (Gesangs-Musikverein) in 1838 by the business man Johann W. G. Nedelmann. It is therefore the oldest artistic organization in the city of Essen and an important element in the cultural life of the Ruhr area. Georg Hendrik Witte, who led the choir from 1871 to 1911, founded the Essen Philharmonic in 1899.  The opening of the concert hall in 1904 was also due in no small part to the support of the Essen Musical Association.
Over the years, the choir has traditionally been involved in the Essen Philharmonic’s choral concerts and has also given its own concerts in addition to touring. In 2010 the Philharmonic Choir of Essen took part in a performance of Mahler›s Symphony of a Thousand under the direction of Lorin Maazel as part of the RUHR 2010 Kulturhauptstadtjahr.  They also sang in the highly-regarded Mahler cycle given by the Bochum Symphony in the Essen Philharmonie. The choir regularly makes guest appearances in neighbouring cities throughout the Rhein and Ruhr regions.
The choir counts composer Max Bruch, Hendrik G. Witte, and director Stefan Soltesz among its honourary members, along with many founding members and choral directors from the choir’s earliest years.
The Philharmonic Choir is also an umbrella organization for one hundred children who sing in the Aalto Children›s Choir›s various choral groups, thus ensuring that the tradition of choral singing passes on to the new generation.
The choir has been led by Patrick Jaskolka since January 2016, and since 2017 has once again been performing as a chamber choir as well. In that capacity it has taken part in a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki›s Passion According to St. Luke at the 2016 NOW Festival. The composer himself was present at that performance and commented: “The performance of the Passion According to St. Luke in the Essen Philharmonie was one of the best I have ever heard.”

Total time / Gesamtspielzeit: 79:31

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P+C 2018 Spektral, LC 15543
Best.-Nr. SRL4-18168
EAN: 4260130381684

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