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Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott / Meunier, Jacobs, Vox Luminis

Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 153  
Composer:  Heinrich ScheidemannMichael AltenburgAndreas HammerschmidtPaul Siefert,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new release is devoted to the Lutheran liturgical repertory from Martin Luther himself to Heinrich Schutz. The first half of the release comprises compositions specific to the Lutheran liturgy: Deutsche Messe, Deutsches Magnificat, Deutsche Passion (the first German polyphonic Passion, by Joachim von Burck) and even a reconstruction of a Deutsches Requiem drawn from polyphonic works that set the same texts as those Brahms was later to use for his Deutsches Requiem. The second half presents a selection of motets arranged according to the liturgical calendar, from Advent to Trinity. These polyphonic pieces were written by a wide range of composers including Martin Luther, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Michael Praetorius, Joachim von Burck, Read more Christoph Bernhardt, Heinrich Schu¨tz, Thomas Selle, Melchior Franck, Caspar Othmayr, Michael Altenburg, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein and Johann Walter. The organist Bart Jacobs completes the programme with a few organ pieces by seventeenth-century composers. Read less

Works on This Recording

Praeambulum for Organ in D minor by Heinrich Scheidemann
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland by Michael Altenburg
Freude, Freude, grosse Freude by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Puer natus in Bethlehem by Paul Siefert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Period: Baroque 
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, canon for 4 voices, SSWV 117 by Samuel Scheidt
Period: Baroque 
O Jesulein, mein Jesulein by Johann Hermann Schein
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Lass mich Dein sein (Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder) by Delphin Strungk
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 A Mighty Fine Collection May 16, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This is a great collection for anyone interested in the music of the early Protestant church. Ein Fiest Burg spans about 120 years, from the first hymns by Luther through settings by Heinrich Schutz. The release includes sacred music by Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, Hermann Schein, Melchior Frank, and others. The first disc arranges selections according to the liturgical calendar. Many of the tunes may sound familiar -- such as Praetorius' setting of "Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen." Some of these tunes have found their ways into various mainstream Protestant hymnals, and some were incorporated into cantatas (including some by Bach). The second disc is of special interest. It includes the Deutsches Passion by Joachim von Burck, the first such in the German language. The language for the Deutsches Requiem was set by Thomas Selle, Andreas Hammerschmidt, and Heinrich Schutz, all represented here. It was the same text Brahms would later use for his Deutsches Requiem. The program is also thoughtfully organized. Vox Luminis performs some selections a capella, and some with organist Bart Jacobs. Jacobs performs several solo works. Two different organs are used, providing even more sound variety. As always, the ensemble sings with a seamless blend. Their clear, transparent sound adds to the beauty -- and the spirituality -- of the music. This is one of the best (and best-sounding) collections of early Protestant music I've heard to date." Report Abuse
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