Arias and Cantatas of the baroque
at the Monastery Church Riddagshausen
Nisi Dominus


This CD presents a selection of solo cantatas and arias justly known as gems of the baroque period.

Although they are often performed by countertenors, as a result of historicising intentions, a warm woman's voice has very intentionally been given preference for these interpretations – very much in line with the working title "Mezzo Goes Counter".

As with all productions by SICUSKlassik, the determining factor of this project was the principle of recording only with natural room sound in concert halls and only with dual-canal stereo microphones. In searching for a suitable recording place, the choice fell upon the High Choir of the Monastery Church Riddagshausen in Braunschweig, a Cistercian church dating from 1275. The natural echo of approximately 7 seconds is certain to communicate a penetrating spatial experience to the listener of this CD.


Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Nisi Dominus
[1] I. Nisi Dominus 3'39
[2] II. Vanum est vobis 1'26
[3] III. Surgite 1'32
[4] IV. Cum dederit 4'06
[5] V. Sicut sagittae 2'12
[6] VI. Beatus vir 1'34
[7] VII. Gloria Patri 4'55
[8] VIII. Sicut erat in principio 1'29
[9] IX. Amen 2'10

Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703)
Lamento  — 
„Ach, daß ich Wassers gnug hätte“
(Alas, That I Would have Enough of Water)
[10] Lamento „Ach, daß ich Wassers gnug hätte“ 7'43

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
(Delightful rest, belowed pleasure of the soul)

(Solo Cantata, BWV No. 170) (1979)
[11] 1. Aria: „Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust” 5'59
[12] 2. Recitativo: „Die Welt, das Sündenhaus” 1'41
[13] 3. Aria: „Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen” 7'37
[14] 4. Recitativo: „Wer sollte sich demnach wohl hier zu leben wünschen” 1'30
[15] 5. Aria: „Mir ekelt mehr zu leben” 6'57

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
aus „Neun deutsche Arien“ (Nine German Arias)
[16] Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken 9'10
[17] Künft’ger Zeiten eitler Kummer 6'21
[18] Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle 5'23

Ingeborg Hischer  ·  mezzo-soprano 

Joachim Heimbrock  ·  violin
Christian Hartmann  ·  oboe
Hans-Dieter Karras  ·  organ, harpsichord
 Concertino Braunschweig 
 conductor: Burkhard Bauche 

Recorded: June 2006, Monastery Church Riddagshausen (Braunschweig), Germany · Recording, Engineering: sonox musikproduktion · Mastering: Thomas Sandmann, master orange music · Digital Recording · Total playing time: 75'33

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