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Early Music - Schütz: German Requiem, Etc / Helbich


Release Date: 06/15/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Jan KobowHenning KaiserVeronika WinterRalf Grobe,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alsfeld Vocal EnsembleFebi ArmoniciHimlische Cantorey
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Before you judge that the playing time is a bit short, notice the well-chosen group of works that make up such a homogeneous program and remember the price of the disc. Wolfgang Helbich and his Alsfelder group have appeared in similar repertoire on full-priced labels, but this recording, made at St. Peter’s cathedral in Bremen just three years ago, ranks with the best performances on disc of any of the selections. In fact, we had the two major works on a Berlin Classics CD, but even without two fillers, the playing time was longer than this, for the older Dresden performances were slower and heavier than we hear nowadays.

While the two motets from Geistliche Chormusik are familiar, the two larger works are favorites among the
Read more mid-length compositions, longer than the little pieces that make up published books but not as imposing as the historiae and the passions. One a funeral service, the other a meditation on Good Friday, they have been recorded separately over a dozen times each, even if couplings are varied in the CD era.

The soloists are ensemble singers rather than famous names. It’s not clear whether the seven named singers make up the Himlische Cantorey, a new formation. The Febiarmonici is also a new group of period-instrument players. Most enthusiasts will probably have all these works, but a newer collector intent on building a Schütz library should grab this disc to fill one of the slots. He will probably return to it again and again, for it is such a satisfying realization of this deeply felt music.
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Works on This Recording

1. Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7/SWV 279-81 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Henning Kaiser (Tenor), Veronika Winter (Soprano),
Ralf Grobe (Bass), Ulrich Maier (Bass), Beate Röllecke (Organ),
Henning Voss (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble,  Febi Armonici,  Himlische Cantorey
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Germany 
Language: German 
2. Die sieben Worte unsers lieben Erlösers, SWV 478 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Beate Röllecke (Organ), Henning Kaiser (Tenor), Jan Kobow (Tenor),
Veronika Winter (Soprano), Henning Voss (Countertenor), Ralf Grobe (Bass),
Ulrich Maier (Bass)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble,  Febi Armonici,  Himlische Cantorey
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
3. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: Die mit Tränen säen, SWV 378 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Henning Kaiser (Tenor), Ralf Grobe (Bass),
Henning Voss (Countertenor), Ulrich Maier (Bass), Beate Röllecke (Organ),
Veronika Winter (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble,  Febi Armonici,  Himlische Cantorey
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Language: German 
4. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397: So fahr ich hin zu Jesu, SWV 379 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Ralf Grobe (Bass), Henning Kaiser (Tenor), Veronika Winter (Soprano),
Henning Voss (Countertenor), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Beate Röllecke (Organ),
Ulrich Maier (Bass)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble,  Febi Armonici,  Himlische Cantorey
Period: Baroque 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Concert in Form einer teutschen Begrabniss-Missa
Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Concert in Form einer teutschen Begrabniss-Missa
Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Motette: Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe
Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Canticum B. Simeonis: Herr, nun lassest du deinen Diener
Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Introitus: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund
Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Symphonia
Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Und es war um die dritte Stunde
Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Symphonia
Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Conclusio
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: Die mit Tranen saen, SWV 378
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ, SWV 379

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