Category: Organ / Sacred Music , Recordings
When four brass soloists of such international standing and a organ virtuoso like the Essen cathedral organist meet, - then "brass & organ" is suddenly able to cheer and touch: JUBILISSIMO! The ancient singing form of "Jubilus", the wordless eruption into tones and melodies, can be found from the singing of birds to all religious cult forms. In wordless singing, however, not only exuberant joy but also boundless sorrow can manifest itself - as in "Gethsemane" and "Golgotha" as the two metaphors of the Christian Passion.
...its an extraordinary CD with oustanding technique of virtuosity, a pure and celestial intonation and hughe contrasts of emotion!
Movements: Id 01-03 VIVALDISSIMO for 2 trumpets and organ
1: Allegro - 2: Adagio - 3: Vivo
Id 04 EXCLAMATIO for trumpet and organ
Id 05 MARIA for organ
Id 06 GETHSEMANE for trumpet and organ
Id 07-08 GOLGATHA for trombone and organ
1: Introduction - 2: Chaconne
Id 09-10 TOCCATA & MELISMA for trumpet and organ
1: Toccata - 2: Melisma
Id 11-15 JUBILUS for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones and organ
Reinhold Friedrich / trumpet (1-3, 6, 9-15)
Hannes Läubin / trumpet (1-4, 11-15)
David Friedrich / tenor trombone (7-8, 11-15)
Brandt Attema / bass trombone (11-15)
Sebastian Küchler-Blessing / organ (1-15)
All works published by Schott Music
Publisher of notes/sheet music: All works published at Schott Music , 2020
Introduction: A WORDLESS EXULTATION OF THE SOUL
When four brass soloists of such international standing and a organ virtuoso like the Essen cathedral organist meet, - then "brass & organ" is suddenly able to cheer and touch: JUBILISSIMO! The ancient singing form of "Jubilus", the wordless eruption into tones and melodies, can be found from the singing of birds to all religious cult forms. The Church Father Augustine often defined rejoice and jubilation as "inarticulate expression of excessive joy at the sight of the greatness of creation" or as "the immediate voice of the soul beyond all words". In wordless singing, however, not only exuberant joy but also boundless sorrow can manifest itself - as in "Gethsemane" and "Golgotha" as the two metaphors of the Christian Passion.
Additional remarks: MERCI!
On this CD with a programme as exquisite as it is perfectly performed, the five soloists in particular deserve a huge thank you. It was a difficult task to fathom this difficult music between great cathedral sound and chamber music detail: many rehearsals and above all stupendous skill on the respective instrument were required... All this was brought in with enthusiasm and professional goal orientation. Thanks also to the Essen Cathedral Chapter with its provost, Msgr. Thomas Zander, and Sebastian Küchler-Blessing as the musical host for their hospitality: in the middle of the Corona pandemic we were able to move freely and experienced every support. Thanks to Jutta Schmitz (Essener Domschatz) for providing us with the photographs from the cathedral: it was a pleasure for us musicians to get to know this impressive and so historically significant architectural and art-historical gem with its treasures dating back well over 1000 years during a week of intensive stay. The Essen Cathedral as the episcopal church of the so-called "Ruhr Diocese", consecrated to Saints Cosmas and Damian and the Virgin Mary, also known as Essen Cathedral, offered so many surprises. These ranged from the secluded quiet cloister to the seven-armed candelabra, which is oversized and stands on the ground floor of the Westwerk and, dating back to the year 1000, is the best preserved seven-armed candelabra in Christendom, - and reached as far as the "Golden Madonna" as the central piece of Essen's cathedral treasure: Created around 980, it is the oldest surviving fully sculptured figure of the Virgin Mary in Western art.
Records: ambiente audio ACD 3051, 2020
Performers on recording: Reinhold Friedrich / trumpet
Hannes Läubin / trumpet
David Friedrich / tenor trombone
Brandt Attema / bass trombone
Sebastian Küchler-Blessing / organ
Recording: 29.6. – 2.7.2020 in Hoher Dom zu Essen / Cathedral of Essen (Germany)
Toms Spogis (recording & editing) Ambiente Audio