Schütz: Symphoniae Sacrae

Schütz: Symphoniae Sacrae
Composer Heinrich Schütz
Artist Capella Augustana
Matteo Messori organ and concert master
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93953
EAN code 5028421939537
Release July 2009

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About this release

Heinrich Schütz lived a long and successful life, and studied with some of the greatest masters of the time, including Monteverdi and Giovanni Gabrieli. He is generally considered to be the greatest German composer of the early Baroque.

Travelling between positions in Copenhagen, Kassel and Dresden, his life was hit by personal tragedies – he outlived his wife and all his children, and the Thirty Years War severely disrupted his employment.

This CD contains selections from two of his three sets of Symphoniae Sacrae. The first set, composed in 1629, uses Latin texts, whilst the second and third sets are set to German texts. Schütz’s genius lay in his ability to set words to music. The rhythmic strength of his music lies in his ability to capture the nuances of the words, and this skill enabled him to make a major contribution to Luther’s aim of establishing the vernacular as the literary and liturgical language of the Protestant religion. A similar move had been made in England with the adoption of English rather than Latin in sacred music with the introduction of The Book of Common Prayer in the mid-16th century.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2003.
- Capella Augustana has recorded the complete works of Schütz (BC94361).
- Comprehensive booklet essay and sung texts included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. From Symphoniae Sacrae Op.6 (1629): XI. Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore (a, d, g, m)
  2. From Symphoniae Sacrae Op.6 (1629): XIII. Fili mi, Absalon (f, q, r, s, t)
  3. From Symphoniae Sacrae Op.6 (1629): XVIII. Veni, dilecte mi, in hortum meum (b, d, a, e, q, t)
  4. From Symphoniae Sacrae Op.6 (1629): XX. Jubilate Deo in chordis et organo (e, d, g, m, n)
  5. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): XXVI. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (b, a, f)
  6. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): III. Herr, unser Herrscher, wie herrlich ist dein Nam’ (a)
  7. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): IV. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (b, j, k (violins and viole), l, m, p, o, u)
  8. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): VIII. Herzlich lieb hab’ich dich, o Herr (c)
  9. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): XVI. Es steh’ Gott auf (a, b)
  10. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): XI. Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener im Friede fahren (f)
  11. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): X. Lobet den Herrn in seinem Heiligtum (d)
  12. From Symphoniarum Sacrarum Secunda Pars Op.10 (1647): XXVII. Freuet euch des Herren, ihr Gerechten (c, e, f)