In the booming early music recording market the opportunity to present new discoveries is a special privilege. Here the La Ricordanza ensemble performs fascinating dance and instrumental pieces and arias by the baroque composer Reinhard Keiser.
Music scholars such as Johann Adolph Scheibe or the feared Mattheson saw in Reinhard Keiser simply "the greatest original genius that Germany has ever produced." In fact, the brilliant composer celebrated triumphs in the opera house as well as in the church, and his highly dramatic style became the model for many composers who after him went on to write music history.
High drama and impact are indeed very much a part of the Verdammte Staat-Sucht, and Nebuchadnezzar experiences all the musical heights and depths in the Gestürzter and wieder erhöhter Nebukadnezar. In its time the opulent stage technique of the Hamburg Theater produced flashes of lightning and magic effects. These stage innovations and Keiser's captivating works combined to produce action thrillers attracting spectators to Hamburg by the droves.
Art, Research, and Song
La Ricordanza, founded by students from The Hague and Hanover in 1991, specializes in music of the seventeenth century and early eighteenth century and today occupies an outstanding place in international cultural life. The members are active in the artistic sphere on the highest interpretive level and do a good deal of musicological research. Through their work numerous undiscovered treasures have once again been made available. The ensemble has found a talented partner for its MDG debut: as a specialist in baroque song, the soprano Elisabeth Scholl is a regular guest at the world's leading festivals of early music.