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Schütz: Psalmen Davids /Junghänel, Concerto Palatino, Et Al

Release Date: 09/08/1998 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 901652   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Stephan MacLeodElisabeth SchollElisabeth PopienAnnette Labusch,   ... 
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto PalatinoCantus Cölln
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 23 Mins. 

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This set was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for "Best Choral Performance."
Heinrich Schütz is regarded as the most significant German composer of the 17th century and the first from Germany to earn an international reputation. In 1615 Schütz' services as court composer, or Kapellmeister, were retained by Johann Georg I and within a few years the composer produced his first major collection of sacred music, the polychoral 'Psalms of David.' The work's grand scale, massive sonorities and remarkable variety of color are rooted in part in Schütz' counterpoint studies with Giovanni Gabrieli and the madrigal style most associated with the Italian composer. In addition, Schütz avoided the formal tendencies that often occur when writing
Read more for double and multiple choirs as well as exploring fresh compositional techniques (such as requiring the singers in the "Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt" movement to "imitate" the sounds of the instruments--harp, trumpet, cornet and others--mentioned in the text). So great was this work's reception in 1619 that it remained a powerful influence on other composers throughout the 17th century. As for modern listeners, this sumptuous and opulent new recording, performed by the Cantus Cölln vocal ensemble and the instrumental ensemble Concerto Palatino, has to be regarded as one of the best in the catalog. Read less

Works on This Recording

Psalms of David, Op. 2/SWV 22-47 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Stephan MacLeod (Bass), Elisabeth Scholl (Soprano), Elisabeth Popien (Alto),
Annette Labusch (Soprano), Stratton Bull (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Wilfried Jochens (Tenor), Jörn Lindemann (Tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag's Church, Neustadt-Mandelsloh 
Length: 142 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 

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