Germany: The Reformation and Thirty Years’ War

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Program: #11-39   Air Date: Sep 19, 2011

Still catching up with this repertoire, we hear programs dedicated to the early years of the Reformation and one of those composers who survived the difficult religious wars of the 17th century.


I. MATTHIAS WECKMANN: Sacred Motets & Lamentations (Cantus Cölln/Konrad Junghänel) Harmonia Mundi CD HMC 902034

--WECKMANN (c. 1618-1674): Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste (from Lamentations: "How doth the city sit solitary"--written after the plague swept Hamburg, killing the composer's wife).


II. Music of the Reformation (Himlische Cantorey). CPO CD 777.275-2

--MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546): Nu bitten wir den heiligen Geist ("Now we ask the Holy Spirit").

--JOHANN WALTHER (1496-1570): Nu bitten wir den heiligen Geist

--CASPAR OTHMAYR (1515-1553): Ein feste Burg ("A mighty Fortress is our God").

--LUTHER: Mitten wir im Leben sind ("In the midst of life we are in death").

--OTHMAYR: Mitten wir im Leben sind

--WALTHER: Mitten wir im Leben sind

III. MATTHIAS WECKMANN: Sacred Motets & Lamentations

--WECHMANN: Weine nicht (from Revelation 5: "Weep not").

Composer Info

MATTHIAS WECKMANN (c. 1618-1674), MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546), JOHANN WALTHER (1496-1570), CASPAR OTHMAYR (1515-1553)

CD Info

Harmonia Mundi CD HMC 902034, CPO CD 777.275-2,