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Donald Macleod explores the life and music of German early Baroque master Heinrich Schutz. Things turn serious as Schutz is swept up in the convulsions of the Thirty Years’ War.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of German early Baroque master Heinrich Schütz. Today things turn serious, as Schütz is swept up in the convulsions of the 30 Years’ War.

‘War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin!’ – a sentiment that anyone living in the German states during the 30-year period from 1618 to 1648 would have had no trouble relating to. What began as a little local difficulty at Hradčany Castle in Prague – when Protestant rebels turfed the proposed new Catholic governors of Bohemia out of a third-storey window – gradually escalated into a politically driven, pan-European bloodbath in which, according to some estimates, the German states as a whole lost up to 30 percent of their population. All of this, of course, impacted hugely on musical life – court musical establishments were slimmed down; musicians were laid off, or went unpaid. You can hear the effect in Schütz’s music. His Kleine geistliche Konzerte, from the late 1630s, have an economy of means that may have been necessitated by the austerity of the time but in Schütz’s hands actually serve to intensify the music’s emotional impact.

‘O, Herr, hilf’, SWV 402 (Symphoniae Sacrae III)
Ulrike Hofbauer, Isabel Jantschek, soprano
Georg Poplutz, tenor
Dresdner Barockorchester
Hans-Christoph Rademann, director

Syncharma musicum, SWV 49
Maria Skiba, Heidi Maria Taubert, Dorothea Wagner, soprano
Tobias Hunger, Stephan Gähler, tenor
Cappella Sagittariana Dresden
Norbert Schuster, conductor

Da pacem, Domine’, SWV 465
Cantus Cölln
Musica Fiata
Konrad Junghänel, director

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, SWV 328
Isabel Schicketanz, Gerlinde Sämann, soprano
Georg Poplutz, Tobias Mäthger, tenor
Matthias Müller, viola da gamba
Ludger Rémy, organ and director

O süsser, o freundlicher Herr Jesu Christ, SWV 285
Georg Poplutz, tenor
Ludger Rémy, organ and director

Erhöre mich, wenn ich dich rufe, SWV 289
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano
Stefan Maass, theorbo
Matthias Müller, viola da gamba
Ludger Rémy, organ and director

Ist Gott für uns, SWV 329
Gerlinde Sämann, soprano
David Erler, alto
Georg Poplutz, tenor
Tobias Berndt, bass
Stefan Maass, theorbo
Matthias Müller, viola da gamba
Ludger Rémy, organ and director

Ich bin eine rufende Stimme, SWV 383; Verleih uns Frieden genädiglich, SWV 372; Das Wort ward Fleisch, SWV 385; Das ist je gewisslich wah, SWV 388 (Geistliche Chor-Music)
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich, SWV 45 (Psalmen Davids, Op 2)
Cantus Cölln
Concerto Palatino
Konrad Junghänel, director

Produced by Chris Barstow for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Heinrich Schütz

    O Herr, Hilf, SWV 402

    Singer: Ulrike Hofbauer. Singer: Isabel Jantschek. Singer: Georg Poplutz. Orchestra: Dresden Barockorchester. Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann.
    • CARUS 83.258.
    • CARUS.
    • 5.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Syncharma Musicum, SWV 49

    Performer: Tobias Hunger. Singer: Maria Skiba. Singer: Heidi Maria Taubert. Singer: Dorothea Wagner. Singer: Stefan Gahler. Ensemble: Capella Sagittariana. Conductor: Norbert Schuster.
    • raumklang: RK3001.
    • raumklang.
    • 6.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Da pacem, SWV 465

    Ensemble: Cantus Koln. Ensemble: Musica Fiata Cologne. Director: Konrad Junghänel.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI : 05472-77175.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 9.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Veni, sancte Spiritus, SWV 475

    Performer: Matthias Muller. Singer: Isabel Schicketanz. Singer: Gerlinde Sämann. Singer: Georg Poplutz. Singer: Tobias Mäthger.
    • CARUS 83.271.
    • CARUS.
    • 1.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    O süsser, O freundlicher, SWV 285

    Singer: Georg Poplutz.
    • CARUS 83.254.
    • CARUS.
    • 22.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, SWV 289

    Performer: Stefan Maass. Performer: Matthias Muller. Singer: Dorothee Mields. Singer: Ulrike Hofbauer.
    • CARUS 83.254.
    • CARUS.
    • 2.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Ist Gott für uns, SWV 329

    Performer: Stefan Maass. Performer: Matthias Muller. Performer: Ludger Rémy. Singer: Gerlinde Sämann. Singer: David Erler. Singer: Georg Poplutz. Singer: Tobias Berndt.
    • CARUS 83.271.
    • CARUS.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Ich bin eine rufende Stimme, SWV 383

    Ensemble: Japan Bach Collegium. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS : CD-831/2.
    • BIS.
    • 15.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Verleih uns Frieden genädiglich, SWV 354

    Ensemble: Japan Bach Collegium. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS : CD-831/2.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Das Wort ward Fleisch, SWV 385

    Ensemble: Japan Bach Collegium. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS : CD-831/2.
    • BIS.
    • 17.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Das ist je gewisslich wahr, SWV 388

    Ensemble: Japan Bach Collegium. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS : CD-831/2.
    • BIS.
    • 7.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Danket dem Herrn (Psalm 136), SWV 45

    Ensemble: Cantus Koln. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Director: Konrad Junghänel.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMG 501652.53.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 8.

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