This is my first post here on the forum, so I'll introduce myself first.
I am a student of almost twenty-one years old and I live in the Netherlands. I am very interested in the music of the Dresden court and in particular the music of Johann David Heinichen and Jan Dismas Zelenka.
I know this forum is dedicated to Zelenka, but if allowed I would like to dedicate this post to Heinichen. Johann David Heinichen is a composer who, in my opinion, does not receive the appreciation he deserves. Although a few CDs have been dedicated to him in recent years, it does not seem that these lead to an increased appreciation for his work.
When Heinichen is mentioned, he is often briefly mentioned as one of the composers who worked at the court of Dresden. It is rare that he is discussed as an individual composer.
I think that's a shame because in my opinion he has a lot to offer as a composer. The first piece of his that I heard was his Missa no. 9 in D (1726). I was quite impressed by the grand orchestration and the interesting way in which he alternates strongly emotional arias with beautiful choral parts. Although not every part of this mass is particularly complex, it reveals an emotional world that remains hidden in many baroque masses (That world is also in Zelenka's). An example of this is the beautiful Crucifixus aria. Another interesting part is the conclusion of the Credo in which the chorus descends to the realm of the dead at the word mortuorum and finally rises again.
Apart from masses 9, 11 and 12 (recorded by Rademann), as far as I know no other masses by Heinichen have been recorded. Quite strange in my opinion because you don't find many as colorful as his.
Another beautiful work by him is his Magnificat in A (1729). It is only around twelve minutes long, but because of the diversity of the movements it feels much longer. In this work there is also a strong diversity between soli and tutti passages.
I am very curious about the opinion of other members about Heinichen. How do you appreciate his work? Any additional info about him is greatly appreciated.
In any case, it seems that sacred music by him has finally been recorded again. Ensemble Polyharmonique and the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra have recorded the vespers and the Litaniae Sancti Xaverio from 1724. If my info is correct, the CD will be released next month.
Hopefully this recording will lead to more interest in Heinichen's work.