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Donald Macleod explores the life and music of German early Baroque master Heinrich Schutz. Today he dips a toe into the fertile archival territory of Schutz’s own writings.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of German early Baroque master Heinrich Schütz. Today he dips a toe into the fertile archival territory of Schütz’s own writings.

Unlike many composers from the earlier end of music history, Heinrich Schütz left plenty of documentary traces – letters, petitions, memoranda, appraisals, prefaces, poetry and, in tune with the patronage culture of the times, his fair share of fawning dedications. It’s a body of writings that opens fascinating windows onto the composer’s life and times – and provides plentiful cues for music from one of greatest composers of his age.

Cantate Domino canticum novum, SWV 281 (Cantiones sacrae, Op 4)
Capella Augustana
Matteo Messori, director

O quam tu pulchra es, SWV 265 (Symphoniae Sacrae I)
Tobias Mäthger, Georg Poplutz, tenor
Margret Baumgartl, Karina Müller, violin
Andreas Arend, theorbo
Matthias Müller, violone
Ludger Rémy, organ
Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor

Wie sehr lieblich und schöne sind doch die Wohnung dein, SWV 181 (Becker-Psalter, Op 5)
Magdalena Kircheis, soprano
Aneta Petrasová, alto
Tobias Mäthger, tenor
Martin Schicketanz, bass
Dresden Chamber Choir
Margret Baumgartl, violin
Matthias Müller, violone
Stefan Maass, theorbo
Michaela Hasselt, organ
Hans-Christoph Rademann, director

Habe deine Lust an dem Herren, SWV 311 (Kleine geistliche Concerte II, Op 9)
Gerlinde Sämann, Isabel Schicketanz, soprano
Stefan Maass, Theorbo
Matthias Müller, viola da gamba
Ludger Rémy, organ and director

Concert in Form einer teutschen Begräbnis-Missa, SWV 279 (Musikalische Exequien)
Mary Seers, Rachel Platt, soprano
Ashley Stafford, countertenor
Frieder Lang, Nicolas Robertson, tenor
Stephen Charlesworth, bass
Lawrence Wallington, bass
The Monteverdi Choir
Alastair Ross, organ
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Gedenke deinem Knechte an dein Wort, SWV 485 (Psalm 119)
Collegium Vocale Gent
Concerto Palatino
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Produced by Chris Barstow for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Heinrich Schütz

    Cantate Domino canticum novum, SWV 281

    Choir: Capella Augustana. Director: Matteo Messori.
    • BRILLIANT 94361.
    • BRILLIANT.
    • 9.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    O quam tu pulchra es, SWV 265

    Performer: Margret Baumgartl. Performer: Karina Muller. Performer: Andreas Arend. Performer: Matthias Muller. Performer: Ludger Rémy. Singer: Tobias Mäthger. Singer: Georg Poplutz. Director: Hans-Christoph Rademann.
    • CARUS 83.273.
    • CARUS.
    • 7.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Wie sehr lieblich und schöne sind doch die Wohnung dein, SWV 181

    Performer: Margret Baumgartl. Performer: Matthias Muller. Performer: Stefan Maass. Performer: Michaela Hasselt. Singer: Magdalena Kircheis. Singer: Aneta Petrasova. Singer: Tobias Mäthger. Singer: Martin Schicketanz. Choir: Dresden Chamber Choir. Director: Hans-Christoph Rademann.
    • CARUS 83.276.
    • CARUS.
    • 13.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Habe deine Lust an dem Herren, SWV 311

    Performer: Stefan Maass. Performer: Matthias Muller. Singer: Gerlinde Sämann. Singer: Isabel Schicketanz. Director: Ludger Rémy.
    • CARUS 83.271.
    • CARUS.
    • 2.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Musikalische Exequien: Concert in Form einer teutschen Begräbnis-Missa, SWV 279

    Performer: Alastair Ross. Singer: Mary Seers. Singer: Rachel Platt. Singer: Ashley Stafford. Singer: Frieder Lang. Singer: Nicholas Robertson. Singer: Stephen Charlesworth. Singer: Lawrence Wallington. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARKIV 479 0448.
    • ARKIV.
    • 5.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Gedenke deinem Knechte an dein Wort (Psalm 119), SWV 485

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC-901895.96.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 4.

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