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The Passions of Albrecht Durer

Catherine Bott travels to Nuremberg to explore the influence of 16th-Century German artist Albrecht Durer on early music and the culture of his time.

"Art and Early Music Month." Albrecht Dürer was one of the most influential artists in Germany. Living during the time of Martin Luther's Reformation; the establishment of the printing-press in the disemination of art and ideas; and the advent of new humanist thought, Dürer proved to be a true "Renaissance Man" - as steeped in the intellectual thinking of his day as he was the myriad of means of artistic expression. He lived the best part of his life in Nuremberg and played a significant role in establishing the medieval city as the "centre" of Europe in the 16th century - a city as important culturally as it was politically. Catherine Bott travels to Nuremberg, looks back on the significance of Nuremberg's contribution to culture, and visits the Dürerhaus which is now a Dürer museum. She meets the Director Jutta Tschoeke and considers the Dürer zeitgeist through his art and the music of his day. She also considers the Dürer legacy and how it is mirrored in aspects of German music in later years.


ANONYMOUS “Mein herz in Freuden sich erquicket”
(Lochamer Liederbuch 1452-60)
Il Curioso/Hedos Ensemble/Bernhard Böhm
NAXOS 8.557138 Track 1

JOSQUIN DESPREZ “Agnus Dei” from Missa La sol fa re mi
Munich Capella Antiqua/Konrad Ruhland
RCA Victor GD71966 Track 6

ADAM VON FULDA “Pange lingua gloriosi”
Blaser Collegium Leipzig
Raumklang RK9501 Track 21

SENFL “Nun wöllt ihr horen neue Mär”
Ensemble Villanella/Sven Berger
NAXOS 8.553352 Track 15

MARTIN LUTHER: “Durch Adams Fall”;
CASPAR OTHHMAYR: “Durch Adams Fall”;
JOHANN WALTER: “Durch Adams Fall”
Himlische Cantorey
CPO 777 2752 Tracks 15-17

LEONHARD LECHNER St John Passion of 1594 Nuremberg:
“Jesu aber betete und sprach”
Kammerchor der Augsburger Domsingknaben/Reinhard Kammler
DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 2138497 Tracks 5 & 6

SCHUTZ St John Passion (1665): “Darnach als Jesus wusste”
Peter Schreier (Evan)
Peter –Volker Springborn (Jesus)
Dresdener Kreuzchor/Martin Flämig
BERLIN CLASSICS 0090092BC Tracks 15-16

JS BACH Matthew Passion (1727): “Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen!”
Concentus musicus Wien/Wiener Sängerknabenschor/
Arnold Schoenberg Choir/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
TELDEC 8573-81036-2 CD1 Track 1

The programme includes readings by Olwen May from ‘The History of the Life of Albrecht Durer of Nuremberg with a Translation of His Letters and Journal and Some Account of His Works’ by Mrs Charles W. Heaton, published by

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