Western religious music from different centuries. In this episode, we’ll listen to a Funeral cantata by the 18th-century German composer Joseph Martin Kraus, Court Kapellmeister of the Swedish king Gustav III. In the year of his own passing, 1792, Kraus wrote this cantata for the shot and killed king, who died earlier that same year.
Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792)
1. Funeral cantata for King Gustav III, who died on 29 March 1792.
Performed by Loriana Castellano and Hanna Husáhr, soprano. Krystian Adam, tenor. Johannes Schendel, bass. L’Arte del Mondo and the RIAS Kammerchor conducted by Werner Ehrardt
(CD label Deutsche Harmonia Mundi no. 88883764542)
Jan Josef Ignác Brentner (1689-1742)
2. From the bundle ‘Harmonica duodecatometria ecclesiastica’, Opus 1/X: ‘Desidero te’
Performed by Markéta Böhmová, soprano. Piotr Olech, counter tenor. Jaroslav Brezina, tenor. Jirí Miroslav Procházka, bass. Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra & Choir conducted by Roman Válek
(CD label Supraphon no. SU 4240-2)
Johann Ludwig Krebs (1712-1780)
3. Fantasia about the Choral ‘Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele’
Annette Unternährer-Gfeller, organ
(CD Genuin, no. GEN 16399)
Picture: King Gustav III of Sweden