Schütz: Sacred Music

Composer Heinrich Schütz
Artist Dresdner Kreuzchor
Rudolf Mauersberger conductor
Capella Fidiciana
Hans Grüß conductor
Berliner Solisten
Rundfunk-Kinderchor Berlin
Cappella Sagittariana Dresden
Dietrich Knothe conductor
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94697
EAN code 5028421946979
Release October 2013

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“Seculi sui Musicus excellentissimus” was the epitaph inscribed on his tombstone in the old Frauenkirche of Dresden – to his contemporaries, the Saxon-born Heinrich Schütz was one of the most outstanding composers of the century, and even writers of music history today refer to him as ‘Musicus poeticus ecclesiasticus’, whose works were and are still the epitome of Protestant church music.

This collection is a tribute to the great Baroque composer, who received most of his training in Venice from the organist of St Mark’s, Giovanni Gabrieli. The richness of colour and musical splendour of the Psalmen Davids, scored for several choruses and first to feature on the release, reflects the arts-minded Saxon court for which they were composed; next comes a collection of motets, which similarly follow in the footsteps of Venetian composition through ‘painting in sound’ the content of the text and dividing the choir into two or more tonal groups. The motet played a significant role in church service music, and Schütz also wrote a number of polychoral concertos for festive occasions, the affective Magnificat anima mea SWV468 for Christmas among them. Rounding off the compilation is the composer’s Schwanengesang, literally meaning ‘Swan Song’ and deemed to be his parting gift to the world – here Luther’s version of the ‘German Magnificat’ at the end of the piece reveals Schütz’s taking on the role of musical interpreter in the cause of Lutheran teaching.

The renowned Dresden Kreuzchor became closely associated with the works of Schütz under the directorship of Rudolf Mauersberger, who made the choir an instrument of singular appeal. Here they feature alongside a number of other distinguished German choral groups and ensembles, including the Berliner Solisten, to perform the works of a composer who represented an important transitional phase in sacred music.

Other information:
- Recordings made in 1965, 1970 and 1983–4.
- Heinrich Schütz was no doubt one of the most important composers from the period of transition from Renaissance to Baroque, a German who imbued the strict german polyphony with Italian melos of warmth and emotion. Johann Sebastian Bach considered him the greatest of his predecessors.
- Brilliant Classics has given Schütz ample due in its Schütz Edition volumes 1-4, and this new set presents some of his grandest works, the splendid Psalms of David, Polychoral Concertos and Motets and his moving Schwanengesang, music both magnificent and intimate.
- Performances in the best german choral tradition by the famous Dresdner Kreuzchor, Capella Fidicina and the Berliner Solisten.
- Booklet contains detailed notes on the composer and his music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Psalm 98: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, den er tut Wunder, SWV 35
  2. Psalm 1: Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt im Rat der Gottlosen, SWV 28
  3. Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, SWV 23
  4. Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, dienet dem Herren mit Freuden, SWV 36
  5. Psalm 23: Der Herr ist mein Hirt, mir wird nichts mangeln, SWV 33
  6. Psalm 84: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth, SWV 29
  7. Psalm 130: Aus der Tiefe ruf’ ich, Herr, zu dir, SWV 25
  8. Psalm 6: Ach Herr, straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn, SWV 24
  9. Psalm 121: Ich hebe meine Augen auf zu den Bergen, SWV 31
  10. Canzona. Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, SWV 41
  11. Psalm 111. Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen, SWV 34

Disk 2

  1. Psalm No. 121: lch hebe meine Augen auf, SWV 31
  2. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, SWV 41
  3. Symphoniae sacrae, Part 3 Section 2, Op. 12: No. 10, Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, SWV 417
  4. Machet die Tore weit, SWV Anh. 8
  5. Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben, SWV 464
  6. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ach, Herr, straf mich nicht, SWV 24
  7. Deutsches Magnificat, SWV 494: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren

Disk 3

  1. Sumite psalmum, SWV Anh. 9
  2. Magnificat anima mea, SWV 468
  3. Surrexit pastor bonus, SWV 460
  4. Psalm 24 “Domini est terra”, SWV 476
  5. Der Gott Abraham, SWV Anh. 3
  6. Da pacem, Domine, SWV 465

Disk 4

  1. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 1, Wohl denen, die ohne Wandelleben, SWV 482
  2. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 2, Tue wohl deinem Knechte, SWV 483
  3. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 3, Zeige mir, Herr, den Weg SWV484
  4. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 4, Gedenke deinem Knechte an dein Wort, SWV 485
  5. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 5, Du tust Guts deinem Knechte, SWV 486
  6. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 6, Meine Seele verlanget nach deinem Heil, SWV 487
  7. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 7, Wie habe ich dein Gesetze so lieb, SWV 488

Disk 5

  1. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 8, Ich hasse die Flattergeister, SWV 489
  2. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 9, Deine Zeugnisse sind wunderbarlich, SWV 490
  3. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 10, Ich rufe von ganzem Herzen, SWV 491
  4. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 11, Die Fursten verfolgen mich ohn Ursach, SWV 492
  5. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 12, Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt, SWV 493
  6. Der Schwanengesang, Op. 13: No. 13, Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494