Schutz: Sacred Music / Mauersberger, Dresdner Kreuzchor

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Catalog Number: BRI94697
Number of Discs: 5

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Seculi sui Musicus excellentissimus" was the epitaph inscribed on his tombstone in the old Frauenkirche of Dresden -- to his contemporaries, the Saxon-born Heinrich Schütz was one of the most outstanding composers of the century, and even writers of music history today refer to him as 'Musicus poeticus ecclesiasticus', whose works were and are still the epitome of Protestant church music.

This collection is a tribute to the great Baroque composer, who received most of his training in Venice from the organist of St Mark's, Giovanni Gabrieli. The richness of colour and musical splendour of the Psalmen Davids, scored for several choruses and first to feature on the release, reflects the arts-minded Saxon court for which they were composed; next comes a collection of motets, which similarly follow in the footsteps of Venetian composition through 'painting in sound' the content of the text and dividing the choir into two or more tonal groups. The motet played a significant role in church service music, and Schütz also wrote a number of polychoral concertos for festive occasions, the affective Magnificat anima mea SWV468 for Christmas among them. Rounding off the compilation is the composer's Schwanengesang, literally meaning 'Swan Song' and deemed to be his parting gift to the world -- here Luther's version of the 'German Magnificat' at the end of the piece reveals Schütz's taking on the role of musical interpreter in the cause of Lutheran teaching.

The renowned Dresden Kreuzchor became closely associated with the works of Schütz under the directorship of Rudolf Mauersberger, who made the choir an instrument of singular appeal. Here they feature alongside a number of other distinguished German choral groups and ensembles, including the Berliner Solisten, to perform the works of a composer who represented an important transitional phase in sacred music.

Other information:
- Recordings made in 1965, 1970 and 1983--4.
- Heinrich Schütz was no doubt one of the most important composers from the period of transition from Renaissance to Baroque, a German who imbued the strict german polyphony with Italian melos of warmth and emotion. Johann Sebastian Bach considered him the greatest of his predecessors.
- Brilliant Classics has given Schütz ample due in its Schütz Edition volumes 1-4, and this new set presents some of his grandest works, the splendid Psalms of David, Polychoral Concertos and Motets and his moving Schwanengesang, music both magnificent and intimate.
- Performances in the best german choral tradition by the famous Dresdner Kreuzchor, Capella Fidicina and the Berliner Solisten.
- Booklet contains detailed notes on the composer and his music.
Works on This Recording
1. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Warum toben die Heiden, SWV 23 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
2. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ach Herr, straf mich nicht, SWV 24 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
3. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, SWV 25 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
4. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt, SWV 28 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
5. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Wie lieblich sind, SWV 29 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
6. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich hebe meine Augen auf, SWV 31 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
7. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Der Herr ist mein Hirt, SWV 33 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
8. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich danke dem Herrn, SWV 34 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
9. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, SWV 35 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
10. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Jauchzet dem Herren, SWV 36 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
11. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Nun lob, mein Seel, SWV 41 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
12. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ich hebe meine Augen auf, SWV 31 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
13. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Nun lob, mein Seel, SWV 41 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
14. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 12: Komm, heiliger Geist, SWV 417 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Period: Baroque
15. Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben, SWV 464 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1620 ; Germany
16. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Ach Herr, straf mich nicht, SWV 24 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
17. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494 "German Magnificat" by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
18. Machet die Töre weit, SWV Anh 8 [doubtful; also attrib. to S. Rüling] by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Positive), Ernst-Ludwig Hammer (Viola da Gamba), Werner Jaroslawski (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
19. Sumite psalmum by Anonymous
Performer: Hans Otto (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir, Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque
20. Magnificat anima mea, SWV 468 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Kreuz Choir, Capella Fidicinia
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1665 ; Germany
21. Surrexit pastor bonus, SWV 469 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Fidicinia, Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
22. Domini est terra, SWV 476 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Walter Heinz Bernstein (Organ), Hans Otto (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Fidicinia, Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
23. Der Gott Abraham by Anonymous
Performer: Henrik Pitt (Countertenor), Hans Otto (Organ), Hermann-Christian Polster (Bass), Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Fidicinia, Dresden Kreuz Choir
Period: Baroque
24. Da pacem, Domine, SWV 465 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Hans Otto (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Fidicinia, Dresden Kreuz Choir
25. Der Schwanengesang: Wohl denen, die ohne Wandel, SWV 482 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Jochen Kowalski (Tenor), Werner Marschall (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
26. Der Schwanengesang: Tue wohl deinem Knechte, SWV 483 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
27. Der Schwanengesang: Zeige mir, Herr, den Weg, SWV 484 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
28. Der Schwanengesang: Gedenke deinem Knechte, SWV 485 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
29. Der Schwanengesang: Du tust Guts deinem Knechte, SWV 486 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
30. Der Schwanengesang: Meine Seele verlanget, SWV 487 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
31. Der Schwanengesang: Wie habe ich dein Gesetze, SWV 488 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
32. Der Schwanengesang: Ich hasse die Flattergeister, SWV 489 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
33. Der Schwanengesang: Deine Zeugnisse sind wunderbarlich, SWV 490 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
34. Der Schwanengesang: Ich rufe von ganzem Herzen, SWV 491 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
35. Der Schwanengesang: Die Fürsten verfolgen mich..., SWV 492 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
36. Der Schwanengesang: Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, SWV 493 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
37. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494 "German Magnificat" by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Werner Marschall (Tenor), Jochen Kowalski (Tenor)
Conductor: Dietrich Knothe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1671 ; Germany
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