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Schutz: Sacred Music / Mauersberger, Dresdner Kreuzchor

Schutz / Dresdner Kreuzchor / Mauersberger
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94697   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützAnonymous
Performer:  Hans OttoErnst-Ludwig HammerWerner JaroslawskiWalter Heinz Bernstein,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf MauersbergerDietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz ChoirDresden Staatskapelle membersCapella Fidicinia,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"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
Read more 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Warum toben die Heiden, SWV 23 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
2. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ach Herr, straf mich nicht, SWV 24 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
3. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, SWV 25 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
4. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt, SWV 28 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
5. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Wie lieblich sind, SWV 29 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
6. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich hebe meine Augen auf, SWV 31 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
7. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Der Herr ist mein Hirt, SWV 33 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
8. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich danke dem Herrn, SWV 34 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
9. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, SWV 35 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
10. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Jauchzet dem Herren, SWV 36 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
11. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Nun lob, mein Seel, SWV 41 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Language: German 
12. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich hebe meine Augen auf, SWV 31 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Nun lob, mein Seel, SWV 41 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba), Hans Otto (Positive)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 12: Komm, heiliger Geist, SWV 417 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba), Hans Otto (Positive), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Staatskapelle members
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben, SWV 464 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba), Hans Otto (Positive)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1620; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ach Herr, straf mich nicht, SWV 24 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba), Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
17. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494 "German Magnificat" by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Machet die Töre weit, SWV Anh 8 [doubtful; also attrib. to S. Rüling] by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Positive), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da gamba), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
19. Sumite psalmum by Anonymous
Performer:  Hans Otto (Organ)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
20. Magnificat anima mea, SWV 468 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Organ)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1665; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
21. Surrexit pastor bonus, SWV 469 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Organ)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22. Domini est terra, SWV 476 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Harpsichord), Walter Heinz Bernstein (Organ)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23. Der Gott Abraham by Anonymous
Performer:  Hermann-Christian Polster (Bass), Hans Otto (Organ), Henrik Pitt (Countertenor),
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
24. Da pacem, Domine, SWV 465 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Hans Otto (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Capella Fidicinia
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
25. Der Schwanengesang: Wohl denen, die ohne Wandel, SWV 482 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Jochen Kowalski (Tenor), Werner Marschall (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
26. Der Schwanengesang: Tue wohl deinem Knechte, SWV 483 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
27. Der Schwanengesang: Zeige mir, Herr, den Weg, SWV 484 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
28. Der Schwanengesang: Gedenke deinem Knechte, SWV 485 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
29. Der Schwanengesang: Du tust Guts deinem Knechte, SWV 486 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
30. Der Schwanengesang: Meine Seele verlanget, SWV 487 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
31. Der Schwanengesang: Wie habe ich dein Gesetze, SWV 488 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
32. Der Schwanengesang: Ich hasse die Flattergeister, SWV 489 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
33. Der Schwanengesang: Deine Zeugnisse sind wunderbarlich, SWV 490 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
34. Der Schwanengesang: Ich rufe von ganzem Herzen, SWV 491 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
35. Der Schwanengesang: Die Fürsten verfolgen mich..., SWV 492 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
36. Der Schwanengesang: Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, SWV 493 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 
37. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494 "German Magnificat" by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Children's Choir,  Berlin Soloists,  Cappella Sagittariana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671; Germany 
Language: German 

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