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Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schutz: Polychoral Splendour

Schuetz / Cappella Murensis / Les Cornets Noirs
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 92652   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützGiovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella MurensisLes Cornets Noirs
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

G. GABRIELI Canzon primi toni à 8. Canzon quarti toni à 15. Canzon VIII à 8. Sonata XVIII à 14. Canzon in echo duodecimi toni à 10. Canzon septimi toni à 8. SCHÜTZ Warum toben die Heiden. Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich?. Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott. Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen. Vater unser, der du bist in Himmel. Zion spricht: Der Herr hat mich verlassen. Alleluja! Lobet den Herrn Johannes Read more Strobl, cond; Cappella Murensis; Les Cornets Noirs AUDITE 92.652 (SACD: 73:07 Text and Translation)


The coupling of works by Giovanni Gabrieli and his star pupil Heinrich Schütz is so self-evidently logical that one is surprised not to find it done more often. This disc (titled “Polychoral Splendour”) alternates seven sacred concerti of the German master with six of the instrumental canzoni and sonatas for brass of his teacher. In addition, these works were recorded in the four galleries of the Abbey Church in Muri, near Basel in Switzerland, to reproduce some of the spatial sonic configurations of the fabled St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice where the two composers labored together. The final draw is the use of SACD recording technology.


The overall result is commendable if not ideal. The Cappella Murensis, consisting of eight members (two sopranos, four tenors, and two basses), is a polished ensemble that has no trouble filling the available acoustic space. Les Cornets Noirs consists of two violins, two violones, two cornetts, six trombones, and four (!) organs; its members play ably and are well balanced with the singers. The SACD recording technology provides some extra amplitude and richness, but I have heard other SACD discs produce considerably more powerful results. The performances are scrupulously clean and stylish, but a little too correct and on the cool side where more fervor is desirable. Complete German-English texts are provided; the booklet thoughtfully also uses a small diagram and coding system to show not only which performers play or sing in which pieces, but also their respective stations inside the abbey church. However, full names are not provided for the abbreviations used to designate singers and instruments; while most can be figured out without any difficulty, it remains a mystery to me exactly what “EpO,” “EvO,” and “TrO” stand for in designating the different organs used. If you want to hear Venetian polychoral splendor in SACD sound and cannot wait, this disc can be safely recommended, but I expect even better to follow soon.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 12: Saul, Saul, was verfolgst, SWV 415 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1650; Germany 
2.
Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 12: Komm, heiliger Geist, SWV 417 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
3.
Psalms of David, Op. 2: Warum toben die Heiden, SWV 23 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
4.
Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 12: Vater unser, der du bist, SWV 411 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1650; Germany 
5.
Psalms of David, Op. 2: Zion spricht, der Herr..., SWV 46 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
6.
Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich danke dem Herrn, SWV 34 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
7.
Psalms of David, Op. 2: Alleluja! Lobet den Herren, SWV 38 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
8.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzona quarti toni a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
9.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon septimi toni a 8, C 172 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
10.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon primi toni a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
11.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
12.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Sonata XVIII a 14 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
13.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon VIII a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Murensis,  Les Cornets Noirs
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47: Warum toben die Heiden, SWV 23, "Psalm 2"
Sacrae symphoniae (1597): Canzon primi toni a 8
Symphoniarum sacrarum III, Op. 12, SWV 398-419 (text by Bible - New Testament): No. 18. Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich, SWV 415
Sacrae symphoniae (1597): Canzon quarti toni a 15
Symphoniarum sacrarum III, Op. 12, SWV 398-419: No. 20. Komm, heiliger Geist, SWV 417
Canzoni et sonate (1615): Canzon VIII a 8
Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47: Ich danke dem Herrn, SWV 34, "Psalm 111"
Canzoni et sonate (1615): Sonata XVIII a 14
Symphoniarum sacrarum III, Op. 12, SWV 398-419 (text by Bible - New Testament): No. 14. Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, SWV 411
Sacrae symphoniae (1597): Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10
Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47: Zion spricht, der Herr hat mich verlassen, SWV 46
Sacrae symphoniae (1597): Canzon septimi toni a 8
Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47: Alleluja, lobet den Herren, SWV 38, "Psalm 150"

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