Heinrich Schütz: German Music & The Reformation

February 28, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Dresden Chamber Choir (Photo: Stephan Floss)

Regarded not only as the Father of German Protestant music, Heinrich Schütz was the first German composer to be known throughout Europe. His choral works reveal a musical theologian of depth and sensuality. Beginning with the Italian madrigals of 1611 all the way to his spiritual choral music of 1648, Heinrich Schütz’s creation and refinement of a musical interpretation worthy of its text would fascinate and inspire Bach, Mendelssohn, as well as future generations of composers.

The Dresden Chamber Choir, under the direction of its founder Hans-Christoph Rademann, was recorded live in concert September 14, 2017 in St. Mary’s Church in Dortmund, Germany, as part of the International Congress of the Choir World.


Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672):

From the First Book of Madrigals (1611):
O primavera (O Spring)
Vasto mar (Vast sea)

From Psalms of David (1619):
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Psalm 98)
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Psalm 84)
Aus der Tiefe ruf ich, Herr, zu Dir (Psalm 130)

From the Becker Psalter (1628-61):
Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (Psalm 23)
Lobt Gott in seinem Heiligtum (Psalm 150)

From Cantiones Sacrae (Sacred Chants) (1625):
Cantate Domino canticum novum (Psalm 149)
Veni, rogo, in cor meum

From Little Spiritual Concerti (1636-38):
Siehe, mein Fürsprecher ist Himmel (SWV 304)
Was betrübst Du dich, meine Seele (SWV 335)

From Spiritual Choir Music, Opus 11 (1648):
Herr, auf Dich traue ich (Psalm 71)
Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich
Gib unsern Fürsten

From 12 Spiritual Songs, Opus 13 (1657):
Dank sagen wir Gott, unserm Herrn

Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, (Psalm 19) from Spiritual Choir Music, op. 11′ (encore)

Dresden Chamber Chorus; Beate Röllecke, organ; Matthias Müller, violone; Magnus Andersson, theorbo; Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Piva by Joan Ambrosio Dalza, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)