Marek Rzepka

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Marek Rzepka
Bass Vocals

Born in Mikolow (Poland), he began his training in voice in Krakow under Prof. Adam Szybowski. In 1993 he transferred to the University of Music in Dresden. In 2000 he passed the master classes given at the Dresdner University of Music by Prof. Hans-Joachim Beyer and Prof. Rudolf Piernay. Master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier, Thomas Quasthoff and Charles Spencer round off his training. His repertoire ranges from historical works to contemporary compositions. He has sung with Helmuth Rilling conducting and given concerts with Steven Stubbs, Eduardo López Banzo and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock. Marek Rzepka has given guest performances at the Milan Auditorium, the Bologna Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, the Handel Festival in Halle, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Schwetzingen Festival. He has appeared in opera productions in Belgium, France, the USA and Australia. Since 2001 he has been teaching voice at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig.
Handel/Mozart · The Messiah / Der Messias K. 572Handel/Mozart · The Messiah / Der Messias K. 572
Handel / Mozart:
Der Messias (Messiah)
Complete recording of Mozart's reorchestration and arrangement
of the English oratorio HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel (sung in German),
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass),
the Hanoverian Court Orchestra and the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Double Album · c. 133 Minutes
2 CD
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A superior version of Mozart's unique effort

Mozart's arrangement of Handel's Messiah, made in 1789, relates to his involvement in the circle of musical connoisseurs surrounding the Baron Gottfried van Swieten, Viennese nobleman and aficionado of the monuments of Baroque music. It is, as the booklet here aptly puts it, a "cover version" (the German participle, charmingly enough, is "gecovert") of Handel's work, neither a radical rethinking nor a light rescoring.
Mozart adds a good deal of wind scoring, often arranging things so that the winds peek out with a wink toward the end of an aria. The treatments of the flute and bassoon are playful and very Mozartian, yet the music, with the exception of one number, "Wenn Gott ist für uns" (CD 2, No. 23), is Handel's. Even that number, in which the original aria is discarded in favor of a new recitative, has subtle echoes of the original intervallic structure in Mozart's new music, and in the big choruses Mozart plays it straight.
The biggest change for the casual listener is the one from English to the German of van Swieten himself, working from an earlier translation by Friedrich Klopstock and Christoph Ebeling. If "Alle Tale" does not have quite the ringing quality of "Ev'ry valley," "Herr der Herrn, der Götter Gott" gets the message across. Conductor Jürgen Budday, leading the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, offers a spirited reading that reveals many of the score's smaller details. Although the soprano of Marlis Petersen is a bit outsized for a work that was originally performed with only 12 singers and has, for all the monumentality of Handel's Messiah, a certain intimate quality, this is a superior version of Mozart's unique effort, benefiting from the edge of live performance in a sonically spectacular venue. The booklet is helpful, quoting extensively from a detailed eighteenth century essay on Mozart's effort.

Review by James Manheim - All Media Guide, allmusic.com

Review

A really excellent production with vitality and great energy

The small but enterprising German label K&K continue to regale the discerning collector with lavish productions of selected works in the magnificent setting of the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery in Germany.
After releasing what can only be termed as a rather excellent 'Messiah' they have now turned their attentions to the Mozart arrangement of the same work sung in German. With such miraculous acoustics available, the recording is truly a sonic gem especially with the distinguished and alert playing of the Hannover Chamber Orchestra which infuses the orchestral parts Mozart composed with vitality and great energy.
The quartet of soloists does not include any real big names but they are all of the highest quality. I was particularly taken with Marlies Peterson whose ethereal capacity for high notes reminds one of the more highly rated Renée Fleming. Rzepka is also very strong as the bass whilst the monastery choir sings with élan and perfect diction, being here on home ground.
Booklet notes are suitably ample as are the recording details which include some stunning photographs of the performance. If you are looking for a high quality 'Messiah' in the Mozart arrangement, then you should look no further than this really excellent German production.

Gerald Fenech on Classical Net

Vol. 09: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2006Vol. 09: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2006
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Edition
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2006

The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Anniversary Series, Vol. 9

Highlights from:
George Frideric Handel & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Der Messias, K. 572 (October 2 & 3, 2006)
The "Concert for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano" (July 15, 2006):
Camille Saint-Saëns: Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 168 · Francis Poulenc: Trio, FP 43
The concert "Human being lives and consists" (June 17, 2006):
B. Britten: A Hymn to the virgin · M. Lauridsen: O magnum Mysterium · J. Sandström: Gloria
"Glass & Stones · Concert for Glass Armonica & Verrophone" (June 16, 2006):
Antonio Vivaldi: Largo from "The 4 Seasons: "L'inverno" (Winter)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio for Glass Harmonica in C Major, K. 617a
Arvo Pärt: Pari intervallo · Ennio Morricone: Il Gatto a Nove Code
The concert "Awake, my Spirit" (June 15, 2006):
Johann Schop: O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid · Christoph Bernhard: Leb ich oder leb ich nicht
Johann Schop: Ballet for discant viola da gamba & basso continuo
Christoph Bernhard: Der Tag ist hin · Johann Rudolf Ahle: Alles vergehet, Musik bestehet
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 98 Minutes
Digital Album · 29 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
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