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A Festive Baroque Christmas / Goodwin, Academy Of Ancient Music


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 3957202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützGiovanni GabrieliMatthias WeckmannFrancesco Usper
Performer:  Richard RobertsTessa BonnerAndrew KingJulian Clarkson,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicAcademy of Ancient Music Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christmas was celebrated with particular splendor in the churches and court chapels of seventeenth-century Lutheran Germany. This attractive program draws together a wide variety of Schütz' choral motets and dialogues to form an alternative Christmas story.

R E V I E W S:

"This handsome anthology of Schutz’s Christmas music was recorded last year during the festive season. The selection spans the whole of Schutz’s career and output, ranging from large-scale polychoral pieces to the more diminutive works composed when the Thirty Years War imposed relative hardship even on the courts of kings and dukes (such as Schutz’s patron, the Elector of Saxony). The lovely Sei gegrusset, Maria combines both
Read more monumentality and intimacy, being a dialogue between the archangel Gabriel and the Virgin, framed by interventions from the choir and ensemble. Interspersed among these are instrumental pieces, mostly from the pen of Schutz’s beloved mentor, Giovanni Gabrieli. There is something inherently festive about these pieces, so their inclusion here is very apposite. Mostly they are performed with panache and verve, and count among the disc’s most satisfying moments; I particularly enjoyed the delightfully quirky canzona by Schutz’s pupil, Matthias Weckmann, in which a violin, a cornet, a sackbut and a dulcian exchange melodic material largely made up of ascending thirds (from 2'25'' onwards), an enchanting conceit treated with increasing freedom.
The sound quality throughout is most engaging, but may surprise some listeners: even in the more grandiose selections, the emphasis is not on grandeur but on a compactness, not loudness but richness. It is largely a matter of adjusting one’s expectations accordingly...but the music is so satisfying, its range so admirable as to make for compelling listening." Fabrice Fitch, GRAMOPHONE , From Review of Original Release HM 907202
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Works on This Recording

1.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk, SWV 382 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: Sei gegrüsset, Maria, SWV 333 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Richard Roberts (Countertenor), Tessa Bonner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon XI a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Magnificat anima mea, SWV 468 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Richard Roberts (Countertenor), Andrew King (Tenor),
Julian Clarkson (Bass)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1665; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: Joseph, du Sohn David, SWV 323 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Sarah Pendlebury (Soprano), Joanne Andrews (Soprano), Julian Clarkson (Bass)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Der Engel sprach..., SWV 395 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: Hodie Christus natus est, SWV 315 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Sonatas (8) à 4: no 2 by Matthias Weckmann
Performer:  Susan Addison (Sackbut), Jeremy West (Cornett), Alastair Mitchell (Dulcian),
Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
9.
Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: O Jesu, nomen, SWV 308 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Ein Kind ist uns geboren, SWV 384 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon X a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12.
Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, SWV 327 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Sarah Pendlebury (Soprano), Simon Davies (Tenor), Tessa Bonner (Soprano),
Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1639; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Das Wort ward Fleisch, SWV 385 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Sonata à 8 by Francesco Usper
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Psalms of David, Op. 2: Alleluja! Lobet den Herren, SWV 38 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Helen Groves (Soprano), Simon Davies (Tenor), Tom Phillips (Tenor),
Charles Pott (Bass), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Julian Clarkson (Bass),
Richard Roberts (Countertenor), Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Gabrielli and Schutz July 3, 2013 By Bruce Boss (Grass Valley, CA) See All My Reviews "Don't expect traditional Christmas music unless you are accustomed to hearing this Polyphonic antiphonal music in a Lutheran Church. However if you like 17th Century's greatest music, you will love this CD. The singing is terrific and the instrumental parts are great. If you like to listen to Bach at Christmas you will be pleased. As the CD says, "Easy to recommend."" Report Abuse
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