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Zurich, Arise!

​Catalogue no: Guild GMCD 7175

Price: £13.00 (including postage and packaging)

The music history of Zurich before 1800 has hitherto largely been ignored by historians as well as by practising musicians. The famous ban on music in the churches, though it lasted less than a century, has led to post-Reformation Zurich being considered something of a ‘land without music’. But outside the church, a musical life developed over the ensuing centuries to whose richness this CD bears witness.

1. Ich glaub in Gott (unison)
2. Herr, nun heb den wagen selb – Vers 1 (Huldrych Zwingli)
3. Herr, nun heb den wagen selb – Vers 2 (Huldrych Zwingli)
4. Herr, nun heb den wagen selb – Vers 3 (Huldrych Zwingli)
5-16. Intabulations from the Clemens Hör organ book
17. Auf, Zürich, auf!, from the Freud-Cantata (Johannes Schmidlin)
18. Ich kan dir nicht vil geben (Johannes Schmidlin)
19. Ich senke mich in dein Erbarmen (Johannes Schmidlin)
20. Komm, o Demuth! (Johannes Schmidlin)
21. Was sorgest du? (Johann Jakob Walder/Johann Heinrich Egli)
22. Nicht ist, Jesus, deines Gleichen (Johann Jakob Walder/Johann Heinrich Egli)
23. Mein Jesus, A und O (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
24. Ach, was kann die Welt (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
25. Vater, lass dein Herze brechen (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
26. O ew’ger Fürst der Cherubinen (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
27. Welt, ich achte deiner nicht (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
28. Lobe Zion (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
29. Das alte Jahr (Johann Caspar Bachofen)
30-41. Trauer – Cantata for Johannes Fries (Johannes Schmidlin)

Performances are immaculate, with some lovely solo and ensemble singing.
Choir and Organ

Reviews

Performances are immaculate, with some lovely solo and ensemble singing.

Choir and Organ, July/August 2000 

 

Caius illuminates yet another overlooked musical byway.

Classic CD, May 2000

 

It may be rare for an English choir to perform this music from Zürich's Renaissance and Baroque eras, but the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, convinces the listener with an excellent body of sound and extraordinarily agile voices.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 January 2000