Heinrich Schütz: Die Vögel unter dem Himmel

Heinrich Schütz: Die Vögel unter dem Himmel

by National Youth Choir of Great Britain

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Heinrich Schütz: Die Vögel unter dem Himmel

The tracklist blurb for this British release allows that Heinrich Schütz "would never have heard his music performed by forces such as these and on such a scale," but claims that "surely he would have been a strong advocate of this astounding aural experience." That's the kind of thing copywriters get paid for, but Schütz more likely would have been mystified by this aural experience. The National Youth Choir of Great Britain has 140 voices, for one thing, and the group has a uniquely lush, lyrical sound forged in the recordings of contemporary music that have been their stock-in-trade. There is no instrumental accompaniment, and pieces from various publications and of various functions are put together in mix-and-match groups of two or three pieces, interspersed with organ music by Schütz's contemporaries (none of Schütz's own having survived). The whole thing is so different from a historically oriented performance of Schütz, or even the few performances by mainstream choirs, that it becomes something like a choral fantasy on Schütz's music, akin almost to one of the unique choral arrangements of French conductor Laurence Equilbey. It is what it is, and if that sounds good to you, it's well executed, with excellent intonation, a rigorous restraint of the tendency of young singers to belt syllabic passages, and plenty of sheer beauty of tone. Add in superb engineering, and you do indeed have something approaching an "astounding aural experience," and one tangentially related to the music of Schütz besides.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2008
Label: Delphian
UPC: 0801918340437
catalogNumber: 34043

Tracks

  1. Modus pleno organo pedaliter
  2. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnunge (Psalm 84), for double chorus & continuo, SWV 29 (Op. 2/8)
  3. Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt, motet for 3 sopranos, alto, tenor, 2 basses & continuo, SWV 393 (Op. 11/25)
  4. Ein Kindlein so löbelich, for chorus
  5. Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 386 (Op. 11/18)
  6. So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass & continuo, SWV 379 (Op. 11/11)
  7. Chorale prelude for organ ("Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund") (1624)
  8. Die mit Tränen säen, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass & continuo, SWV 378 (Op. 11/10)
  9. Aus der Tiefe (Psalm 130), for double chorus & continuo SWV 25 (Op. 2/4)
  10. Toccata for organ in G major, WV 43
  11. Herr, unser Herrscher (Psalm 8), for double chorus & continuo, SWV 27 (Op. 2/6)
  12. Cantate Domino canticum novem, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, bass & continuo, SWV 81 (Op. 4/29)
  13. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, for double chorus & continuo ("German Magnificat," Der Schwanengesang), SWV 494
  14. Ein feste Burg is unser Gott, for organ, SSWV 496 (Görlitzer Tabulatur-Buch)
  15. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Psalm 98), for double chorus & continuo, SWV 35 (Op. 2/14)
  16. Puer nobis nascitur (Ons is geboren een kindekijn), variations for keyboard
  17. Alleluja! lobet den Herren (Psalm 150), for double chorus & continuo, SWV 38 (Op. 2/17)

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