Heinrich Schutz, Volume 20

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Program: #19-39   Air Date: Sep 16, 2019

This indispensable series on Carus of the complete works by the great German composer continues with a two-CD set of Psalm settings.

NOTE: All of the music on this program features the Dresden Kammerchorabd soloists directed by Hans-Christoph Rademann.

For more information: https://www.carus-verlag.com/en/recordings/artists/all-artists/schuetz-psalmen-friedensmusiken-complete-recording-vol-20.html

A brilliant conclusion to the first Heinrich Schütz complete recording: With the Psalmen & Friedensmusiken (Psalms & Music for Peace), Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresdner Kammerchor bring this groundbreaking project to a magnificent close. The recording features mostly unknown, but particularly sumptuous and mostly multi-choral works, which Schütz wrote between 1618 and 1648 for important political occasions or thanksgiving celebrations. Groups of soloists and choristers create a colorful sound experience in interplay with strings, trombones, cornetts and viols. A truly worthy conclusion to this award-winning series.
From Classics Today: The complete recording of his work creates an important monument in sound to Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), the first German composer of international repute. Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresdner Kammerchor have completed the first recording of Schütz’s entire multifaceted oeuvre in 20 volumes on 27 CDs. On this occasion, the festive opening concert of the 68th ION Music Festival in Nuremberg was dedicated to Heinrich Schütz. Rademann, founder and principal conductor of the Dresdner Kammerchor, artistic director of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart, winner of the International Schütz Prize, and initiator of the complete recording, selected the Psalms of David for the program. This cycle of works, created 400 years ago, is a highlight – both of Heinrich Schütz’s oeuvre and of the complete recording.

The ambitious project of a complete Schütz recording began in 2009 as part of an intensive cooperation between Rademann and the Carus publishers Günter and Dr. Johannes Graulich. It was based on the musicological text of the Stuttgart Schütz Edition, Carus-Verlag’s complete edition. In the following years, the recording was prepared in close cooperation with many Schütz specialists, such as Prof. Werner Breig, Prof. Michael Heinemann, Ludger Rémy, Dr. Uwe Wolf and Dr. Helmut Lauterwasser. The final CD – Vol. 20, Friedensmusiken und Psalmen (Carus 83.278) – has now been released. For the first time, Schütz’s wonderful music can be experienced entirely in all its many facets in an excellent recording.

Hans-Christoph Rademann on the recording: “I feel deeply grateful that we were able to master such a large project. Furthermore, I feel enormously enriched – and all musicians would surely feel the same – because Schütz’s music testifies to the greatest mastery. The term ‘father of German music’ is absolutely justified. Schütz is able to express an enormous amount with his music; he is, so to speak, an ‘illuminator’ of the word – with powerful musical images. Painting and music move very close together, one learns to see with one’s ears, so to speak.”

Carus publisher Dr. Johannes Graulich on the recording: “The fact that we have succeeded in producing the entire work of the great composer Schütz at the highest artistic and technical level, and that in only 10 years, is an enormous achievement of which we are very proud. Some of his works have been recorded for the first time; much of the music sounds wonderfully new and surprising, thanks to Rademann’s refreshing interpretation and the insights of historically informed performance practice. I thank Hans-Christoph Rademann, the musicians, MDR KULTUR, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, BR KLASSIK and the sponsors for their support in this epochal recording project.”

From Ralph Graves, WJTU: The Carus traversal of Heinrich Schutz works ends with a collection of commissioned works. For the most part, the music on this 2 CD set marks important occasions in the Dresden court. Some were commissioned for birthdays, others for treaty signings, and so on.

Schutz studied in Venice with Giovanni Gabrielli (and perhaps with Claudio Monteverdi). There are many elements of Gabrielli’s style in these works. Small choirs echo each other across space. Sometimes they’re also treated contrapuntally. The extensive use of brass adds a noble air.

If you’ve been following the series, you’ll hear many familiar voices. Dorothee Mields, Gerlinde Sämann, David Erler, and Georg Poplutz (just to name a few) deliver fine performances. In fact, everyone involved maintains the same high performance standards set by earlier recordings in the series.

After 19 volumes, these artists and ensembles have internalized Schutz’s style — and Hans-Christoph Rademann’s interpretation of it. As always, these are models of clarity. No matter how complex Schutz’s writing, vocal lines sound clean and transparent.

The release even includes a world premiere recording, “Trostlied” SWV 502. This simple and beautiful work was written in memorium for an infant. It’s Schutz at his most personal, and a fine way to end the series.

Wo der Herr nicht das Haus SWV 473; 
Herr, wer wird wohnen SWV 466; 
Veni Sancte Spiritus SWV 475; 
Wo Gott, der Herr SWV 467; 
an den Wassern zu Babel SWV 500; 
Herr, der du bist vormals SWV 461; 
Das ist mir lieb SWV 51; 
Herr, unser Herrscher SWV 449; 
Auf dich, Herr, traue ich SWV 462; 
Da pacem, Domine SWV 465; 
Gesang der drei Männer SWV 448; 
Tugend ist der beste Freund SWV 442; 
Danklied "Fürstliche Gnade SWV 368; 
Teutonam dudum belli SWV 338; 
Syncharma musicum "En novus Elysiis" SWV 49; 
Vater Abraham, erbarme dich mein SWV 477; 
Osterdialog "Weib, warum weinest du" SWV 443; 
Mit dem Amphion zwar SWV 501; 
Trostlied SWV 502     

Composer Info

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672),