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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Album released on a DigiSleeve CD and all digital platforms: 19 April 2024

Heinrich 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

Press Quotes

‘… a well-thought-out programme… The clearly defined and lively articulation of the Brook Street Band Band inform the music with irresistible allure… David de Winter sings with careful attention to text… In addition to his accomplished singing, de Winter has contributed an elegantly written essay (**** / ***** BBC Music Magazine)

‘… intriguing programme… This album should now offer him (de Winter) the wider recognition he deserves… one is immediately struck by the clarity and confidence of both voice and ensemble… … The two instrumental sonatas by Salomone Rossi are also particularly enjoyable and The Brook Street Band are on superb form… This is a very fine disc indeed. (Gramophone)

David de Winter well captures and projects the innate character of each piece, and The Brook Street Band provide… elegance and dynamic balance throughout’  (Classical Music Sentinel)

‘Throughout the performances are excellent with David de Winter bringing great style to the music… he is finely partnered by the Brook Street Band…. We don’t hear anything like enough Schütz and this wonderfully engaging disc makes you want to explore more. (Planet Hugill)

‘It’s a programme that puts its artists through their multi-faceted paces, and it’s beautifully done… highlights include de Winter’s crisply rendered vocal embellishments and the closely attentive continuo support’ (Charlotte Gardner – DCS Audio)