Constantin Emanuel

Constantin Emanuel sings from Schemellis Gesangbuch

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917226324
Catnr: CC 72263
Release date: 06 January 2015
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€ 19.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72263
Release date
06 January 2015

About the album

TON KOOPMAN: Georg Christian Schemelli (ca. 1676-1762) is known to us primarily because of the book of songs he published, the Musicalisches Gesang-Buch (Leipzig, 1736). This book contains 954 songs, 69 of which have melodies and a figured bass. It was long assumed that Johann Sebastian Bach, who is mentioned in the preface to the volume, played a major part in the completion of these songs, or at least in writing the figured bass lines. The 69 songs are therefore included in the corpus of the Bach Werke Verzeichnis (BWV catalogue). Although Schemelli’s volume was not particularly successful when it first appeared, being sold off at remainder prices, the position has changed quite radically now. These occasionally simple, directly appealing melodies and texts now form part of the day-to-day repertoire of many singers. Editions of what has become a well-loved volume are available in all sorts of transpositions.
This CD displays the talents of a boy treble who turned 15 a few months ago and who is still singing as a treble – quite unusual these days but absolutely normal in Bach’s time, when boys’ voices would often ‘break’ at around the age of 16. I think it is important for us to document a voice of this sort. Since the days of Sebastian Hennig, whose voice can be followed from the age of 11 through to 15 on many of Gustav Leonhardt’s recordings of Bach cantatas, Constantin is one of the very few boy trebles whose voice transcends the ‘sweet’ and who has something to say in musical terms.
Een collectie werken van de grootste Barokcomponisten die zelden wordt opgenomen
Georg Christian Schemelli (ca. 1676- 1762) is ons voornamelijk bekend dankzij de het liedboek dat hij publiceerde, het Musicalisches Gesang-Buch (Leipzig, 1736). In dat boek staan 954 liederen, waarvan 69 met melodie en becijferde bas. Lange tijd is aangenomen dat Johann Sebastian Bach, die in het voorwoord van de bundel genoemd wordt, een grote rol heeft gespeeld bij het tot stand komen van deze liederen of in ieder geval bij het componeren van de becijferde bas. De 69 liederen zijn dan ook ook opgenomen in de Bach Werke Verzeichnis. Inmiddels is echter duidelijk geworden dat Johann Sebastian Bach waarschijnlijk slechts in drie liederen de hand gehad heeft en dat de rest eigenlijk ten onrechte aan hem is toegeschreven. Veel van de melodieën stammen uit de zeventiende eeuw, van sommige zijn ook de componisten bekend: Johann Schop, Johann Rudolph Ahle, Johann Crüger en Jacob Hintze.

De ster van dit album is de vijftienjarige jongenssopraan Constantin Emanuel. Ton Koopman begeleidt hem op het orgel. In Bachs tijd was het normaal dat jongens op deze leeftijd sopraan kunnen zingen, omdat de stembreukleeftijd toen rond de 16 jaar lag. Tegenwoordig is het echter ongebruikelijk. Constantin is sinds Sebastian Henning, die te horen is in de Gustav Leonard’s opnames van de Bachcantates, een van de weinige jongenssopranen wiens stem het zoete overstijgt en echt iets te vertellen heeft.
Georg Christian Schemelli ist heute vor allem durch sein Musicalisches Gesang-Buch, einer Sammlung von weit über 900 Liedern, bekannt. Zur Zeit der Veröffentlichung nur wenig erfolgreich bietet das Gesang-Buch nun vielerlei ansprechende Melodien und Texte für Repertoire vieler Sänger. Einer dieser Sänger ist Constantin Emanuel, der auch trotz seiner bereits 15 Jahre noch immer Sopran singt. Zu Bachs Zeiten war dies durchaus üblich; heute ist es eine Rarität, die dokumentiert werden muss, findet Tastenkoryphäe Ton Koopman, der hier auf der Orgel begleitet: „Constantin ist einer der wenigen Knabensoprane, dessen Stimme eine reine Lieblichkeit übersteigt, und der auch musikalisch etwas zu sagen hat."
«Georg Christian Schemelli (ca. 1676-1762) ci è noto principalmente per la raccolta di Lieder pubblicata a Lipsia nel 1736, il Musicalisches Gesang-Buch. Questa raccolta contiene 954 Lieder, 69 dei quali si limitano alla melodia con l’accompagnamento di un basso continuo. Si è a lungo ritenuto che Johann Sebastian Bach, citato nella prefazione al volume, abbia giocato un ruolo importante nella realizzazione di questa raccolta, quantomeno nella stesura delle linee del basso continuo. Il 69 Lieder sono perciò inclusi nel corpus del Bach Werke Verzeichnis (il catalogo BWV). Benché alla sua apparizione il volume di Schemelli non abbia avuto un particolare successo, essendo svenduto a basso prezzo, la sua considerazione è ora mutata radicalmente. Queste melodie dai testi semplici e immediati, fanno ora parte del repertorio quotidiano di molti cantanti. Edizioni di quello che è diventato un apprezzato volume sono disponibili in ogni tipo di trasposizione.

Questo CD rivela il talento di una voce bianca che ha compiuto 15 anni qualche mese fa e che sta ancora cantando da soprano – un fatto oggigiorno piuttosto insolito ma assolutamente normale all’epoca di Bach, quando le voci dei ragazzi ‘mutavano’ spesso intorno ai 16 anni. Penso sia per noi importante documentare una voce di questo tipo. Dai giorni di Sebastian Hennig, la cui voce può essere seguita dagli 11 ai 15 anni in molte delle registrazioni delle cantate di Bach dirette da Gustav Leonhardt, Constantin è una delle pochissime voci bianche la cui voce trascende la ‘dolcezza’ e che ha qualcosa da dire in termini musicali.»

Ton Koopman, dalle note di copertina


Ton Koopman was born in Zwolle in 1944. After a classical education he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments. From the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated by authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship and in 1969, at the age of 25, he created his first Baroque orchestra. In 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra followed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992.

Koopman's extensive and impressive activities as a soloist, accompanist and conductor have been recorded on a large number of LPs and CDs for labels like Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips and DG, besides his own record label “Antoine Marchand”, distributed by Challenge Records.

Over the course of a forty-five-year career Ton Koopman has appeared in the most important concert halls and festivals of the five continents. As an organist he has performed on the most prestigious historical instruments of Europe, and as a harpsichord player and conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir he has been a regular guest at venues which include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Philharmonie in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York and leading concert halls in Vienna, London, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Salzburg, Tokyo and Osaka.

Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman has been engaged in a unique project, conducting and recording all the existing Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, a massive undertaking for which he has been awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis "Echo Klassik", the BBC Award 2008, the Prix Hector Berlioz, has been nominated for the Grammy Award (USA) and the Gramophone Award (UK). In 2000 Ton Koopman has received an Honorary Degree from the Utrecht University for his academic work on the Bach Cantatas and Passions and has been awarded both the prestigious Silver Phonograph Prize and the VSCD Classical Music Award. In 2006 he has received the « Bach-Medaille » from the City of Leipzig.

Recently Ton Koopman has embarked on another main project: the recording of the whole works by Dietrich Buxtehude, one of the great inspirer of the young J.S. Bach. The recording will be accomplished in 2010 with the release of 30 CDs. Ton Koopman is President of the “International Dieterich Buxtehude Society”.

Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor and he has collaborated with many prominent orchestras in Europe, USA and Japan. He has been Principal Conductor of the Netherland Radio Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, DSO Berlin, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Wiener Symphoniker. In the following season he will work on new programmes with the New York Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Orchestra RAI in Turin, Stockholm Philharmonic, Tonhalle in Zurich. After the great success of his tour at the beginning of 2008, Ton Koopman has been nominated Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra for three consecutive years starting in 2011.

Ton Koopman publishes regularly and for a number of years he has been engaged in editing the complete Händel Organ Concertos for Breitkopf & Härtel. Recently he has published Händel’s Messiah and Buxtehude‘s Das Jüngeste Gericht for Carus. Ton Koopman leads the class of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, is Professor at the University of Leiden and is a Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Ton Koopman is artistic director of the French Festival “Itinéraire Baroque”.


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