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Home » Composers » German Composers » Rolle

Johann Heinrich Rolle (1716-1785)

Johann Heinrich Rolle. Christmas Oratorio (1769?). cpo 999 514-2 (1 CD 1997). ("Ach! ach! daß du den Himmel zerrissest und führest herab"). Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein, Kammerchor Michaelstein. Tochter Zion des neuen Bundes / Andact: Gundula Anders, soprano; Tochter Zion des alten Bundes: Dorothee Mields, soprano; Freude: Britta Schwarz, contralto; Wilfried Jochens, tenor; Glaube / Vertauen: Dirk Schmidt, bass. This is one of the finest Christmas works yet recorded, at least comparable in quality to Telemann's setting of Die Hirten an der Krippe zu Bethlehem (Rémy et al., cpo 999 419-2). It begins with a festive sinfonia for two trumpets in D major, followed immediately by a contrasting chorus in d minor that is interrupted twice by accompanied recitative by the second soprano. The text is brief, and the oratorio moves along with minimal recitative and fine da capo arias. The accompanying liner notes by Brit Reipsch are excellent. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Johann Heinrich Rolle. Der Tod Abels (1769). Capriccio 10 825 (1 CD 1998). Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. Adam: Harry van der Kamp, bass; Eva: Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano; Kain: Stephan Schreckenberger, bass; Abel: Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Mehala: Carmen Schüller, contralto; Thirza: Veronika Winter, soprano. This oratorio proceeds mainly through accompanied recitative and simple short arias. In contrast to the other characters, Mehala sings a difficult, virtuosic aria that sounds as if it might have been written for an Italian opera star. Unfortunately, the booklet includes no translations of the German libretto. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Johann Heinrich Rolle. Thirza und ihre Söhne (1779). Capriccio 10 868/69 (2 CDs 2000). Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. Priester: Koen van Stade, bass; Epiphanes: Ekkehard Abele, bass; Chryses: Markus Schäfer, tenor; Thirza: Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano; Joel: Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Jedidia: Kai Wessel, countertenor; Selima: Dorothee Wohlgemuth, soprano; Israelitin: Larissa Malikowa, soprano; Syrer: Christoph Burmeister-Streffer, tenor. Although the oratorio apparently was not staged, Rolle included detailed stage directions. Unfortunately, the booklet includes no translations of the German libretto. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

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