– C. P. E. Bach: Klopstocks Morgengesang am Schöpfungsfeste, Wq 239 (BR-CPEB G 1) – G. P. Telemann: Die Tageszeiten, TWV 20: 39 – J. S. Bach: Dem Gerechten muss das Licht, BWV 195
Gerlinde Sämann (soprano), Katja Stuber (soprano), Anke Vondung (alto), Julian Prégardien (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass), Dresdner Kammerchor, Olaf Katzer (preparation of the choir), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, direction: Hans-Christoph Rademann
With the advance of science and exploration of the globe, in the eighteenth century a rational world view emerged. With it, people’s religious outlook also underwent a transformation. Anything which gave an impression of confusion was discredited; the ideal of »noble simplicity« and »sensibility« gained favour. The aim of sacred music which was no longer restricted to churches was to convey an immediate sense of the majesty and beauty of divine creation to the audience. For example, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s »Morgengesang am Schöpfungsfeste« (»Morning Song at the Festival of Creation«, based on a poem by Klopstock) depicts in hymn-like tones the rising of the sun as a daily reminder of the world’s creation and the resurrection of the dead. Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata cycle »Die Tageszeiten«, in which morning, midday, evening and night are likened to stations in a person’s life, pursues a similar idea.