Carus Verlag's Gottfried August Homilius: Erwachet, ihr Christen was recorded in the Frauenkirche Dresden in March 2009 and features an ad hoc ensemble -- actually several ensembles --performing chorale-based compositions of Homilius, ranging from full cantata settings to short chorale preludes for solo instrument and organ, and in several cases the soloist is legendary trumpeter Ludwig Güttler, who also seems to be in charge of this whole deal. In the midst of the program is a solo sonata for oboe, played by Andreas Lorenz, and each chorale prelude is preceded by the original chorale melody from which the prelude is taken. Despite its wide variety of offerings, it isn't a very interesting album; it's reasonably well played apart from a slightly distracted sounding string section in the cantata Fahre hin, du Lust der Welt. However, Homilius' music is as a plain as the day is long, and this selection of sacred music shows him hard at work, creating music suitable for the church in an only occasionally inspired, workmanlike 18th century milieu. Homilius is a major concern for the Carus Verlag publishing house, and naturally it makes sense to record their editions rather than have them mangled in performances by others made out of their control. However, the star of this show is neither Güttler nor Homilius, but the generous reverb of the Frauenkirche as it supplies the disc with its most interesting moments, particularly when a solo instrument or singer is heard. Otherwise, Carus Verlag's Gottfried August Homilius: Erwachet, ihr Christen is often pleasant, but mostly rather boring.
AllMusic Review by Uncle Dave Lewis
|Kantate: Fahre hin, du lust der Welt HoWV II.172|
|Sonate füe Oboe und Basso continuo HoWV XI.1|
|Kantate: Erwachet, ihr Christen, HoWV II.57|