SCHÜTZ – A German in Venice

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One of the key German composers before Bach with more than 500 surviving individual pieces, Heinrich Schütz wrote mainly church music, and is credited with bringing the Italian style to Germany and continuing its evolution from the Renaissance into the early Baroque. Although he lived most of his long life in Germany, in his twenties Schütz made two visits to Venice. The first was between 1609 and 1613 when he was taught by Giovanni Gabrieli; and the second in the late 1620s to meet and possibly study under Monteverdi. The two trips greatly influenced Schütz’s music as he absorbed and began to combine the ornate and theatrical Venetian style with the more understated Lutheran tradition in which he grew up.

This album explores his solo cantatas alongside examples of the brilliant and virtuosic Venetian style instrumental music.

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Released: 19 April 2024

SCHÜTZ – A German in Venice

David de Winter tenor

The Brook Street Band
Rachel Harris, Kathryn Parry violin
Tatty Theo cello
Carolyn Gibley harpsichord, organ
Lynda Sayce theorbo, lute
Lisete da Silva Bull, Emily Bannister recorder

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585–1672)
1. Lobet den Herrn, SWV 350 (from Symphoniae sacrae II, Op. 10, pub. 1647)

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Messa a quattro voci et salmi concertati (pub. 1650)
2. No. 4, Confitebor tibi Domine, SV 193

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
3. O süßer, O freundlicher, SWV 285 (from Erster Theil kleiner geistlichen Concerten, Op. 8, pub. 1636)

Salamone ROSSI
Il terzo libro de varie sonate, sinfonie, gagliarde, brandi e corrente, Op. 12 (pub. 1623):
4. Sonata sopra l’aria di Ruggiero

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
5. Exultavit cor meum, SWV 258 (from Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, pub. 1629)

Giovanni Felice SANCES (1600–1679)
6. Stabat Mater (pub. 1638)

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
7. Paratum cor meum, SWV 257 (from Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, pub. 1629)

Alessandro GRANDI (1586–1630)
8. Lauda Sion Salvatorem (pub. 1621)

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
9. Ich werde nicht sterben, SWV 346 (from Symphoniae sacrae II, Op. 10, pub. 1647)

Salamone ROSSI (1570–1630)
Il terzo libro de varie sonate, sinfonie, gagliarde, brandi e corrente, Op. 12 (pub. 1623):
10. Sonata ottava sopra l’aria È tanto tempo hormai

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
11. Cantabo Domino in vita mea, WAB 260 (from Symphoniae sacrae I, Op. 6, pub. 1629)

Francesco CAVALLI (1602-1676)
12. O quam suavis est (pub. 1625)

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
13. Herr, unser Herrscher (Psalm 8), SWV 343 (from Symphoniae sacrae II, Op. 10, pub. 1647)

Alessandro GRANDI
14. Decantabat populus Israel (pub. 1641)

Heinrich SCHÜTZ
15. Ich danke dir Herr, SWV 347 (from Symphoniae sacrae II, Op. 10, pub. 1647)

Recorded at The Great Barn, Oxnead Hall, Norfolk, UK, 6-8 February 2023
Produced by Ben Parry
24bit, 96kHz high resolution recording, editing and mastering by David Jones (Sonus Audio)

Available as a DigiSleeve CD and for streaming/download on all digital platforms