The first volume of the complete works of Heinrich Schütz!
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) is nowadays regarded as the most important forerunner of Johann Sebastian Bach. Schütz is the bridge between the severe contrapuntal style of the German Baroque and the more dramatic, rhetoric style of the Italians (like Gabrieli and Frescobaldi). In his long life he worked in both Italy and Germany, and created his own individual style, in which the meaning of the words are perfectly expressed by the music. He wrote a large output of Church Music, partly in the German language, which made it suitable for the Protestant Service.
This release contains the Symphonia Sacrae I & II, and the popular Weihnachtshistorie. Beautiful new performances by the Italian Cappella Augustana, which draws its members from all over Europe. The mastermind behind it is Professor Matteo Messori, a dedicated scholar and passionate musician, who knows the language of Schütz inside out.
- Excellent liner notes by Matteo Messori, and all sung texts are included in the booklet.