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Schutz: Italiensiche Madrigale / Rademann, Dresdner Kammerchor

Schuetz / Dresdner Kammerchor / Rademann
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83237  
Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SCHÜTZ Italienische Madrigale, op. 1 • Hans-Christoph Rademann, dir; Dresden CCh • CARUS 83.237 (57:21 Text and Translation)

"When I started reviewing Heinrich Schütz’s madrigals, it was easy to regard one voice to a part as normal in these works, for Denis Stevens, Dietrich Knothe, René Jacobs, and Anthony Rooley all recorded them that way (the first of these with an incomplete group of five pieces). Only Jürgen Jürgens and three early incomplete sets employed a choral ensemble. Since then, this is the third CD to offer a similar ensemble, while in that time only Matteo Messori (Fanfare 30:5) has used solo voices, uniquely with harpsichord. But even with 18 singers, Hans-Christoph Rademann
Read more elicits a light airy tone that does no violence to his conception of the music. Some might object more to Messori’s harpsichord. The competing versions vary only slightly in tempo."

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Works on This Recording

Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1/SWV 1-19 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Be Italian! April 7, 2013 By Jim  D. See All My Reviews "Although he is best known for his many sacred compositions, these Italian madrigals are among Schutz's earliest vocal works. Those who only know those later pieces may be surprised to hear a hint of Gesualdo here, but the composer learned the style during his studies in Venice. The entire set was never meant to be heard in one go--like any sweet stuff, it has to be spaced out--so sample, if you can, the eighth in the set, "Fuggi, fuggi o mio core," with its rushing figures and alternating meters, or number 15, "Dunque addio, care selve," which comes, after four minutes of harmonic twisting, to inevitable and perfect rest. While I'm not entirely sold on performing this music with so many voices on a part (not that 18 singers is a huge choir), there's little fault to be found with the singing itself. Texts are provided, but the English is printed on different pages than the Italian being sung." Report Abuse
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