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With its ciaconna bass, Hammerschmidt’s sacred concerto Nun danket alle Gott perfectly exemplifies the programme of this recording devoted to the influences of the Italian Baroque on the works of seventeenth-century Lutheran composers. The vast majority of the repertory gathered here comes once again from the exceptionally rich library assembled at the end of the seventeenth century by Gustav Düben, organist of the German Church in Stockholm. His collection contains the only known copy of a Confitebor tibi Domine by Claudio Monteverdi. Other composers such as Bernhard and Rosenmüller had very close links with Italy and were among those who helped to disseminate Italian practices in the German-speaking lands. In all this sacred repertory, the role of instruments, and particularly that of the violin (the emblematic instrument of Italy), is highly developed. The instruments accompany the voice and comment on the texts in most expressive fashion. This programme also offers a chance to discover some gems by lesser-known composers such as Hanff, Pfleger and Pohle.

"In any case, the programme with rarely heard and only very rarely recorded compositions makes one sit up and take notice. This is of course also ensured by the very lively Clematis ensemble, which not only provides the soloist with a sovereign and warm sounding foundation, but also leaves no emotion unaffected. With her clear soprano, Julie Roset also ensures adequate portrayal of emotions, which play a very prominent role in this music - even if her voice occationally becomes a little sharp in the high register."
"As appealing as these works are brought to life by the vital Ensemble Clematis, the real sensation of this recording is the voice of the young French soprano Julie Roset (...) Her light soprano coloratura voice has the purity and clarity of a boy's soprano, coupled with great expressiveness, very close to the meaning of the text. This makes Julie Roset an ideal singer for the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries at a young age. I am sure we will hear a lot more from her, because such talents are rare. A terrific recording!"
"A nice and meaningful contribution to the catalogue of German sacred music of the 17th century. "
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