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German Requiem

H. Schutz Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Concert in Form einer teutschen Begrabniss-Missa 3:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Concert in Form einer teutschen Begrabniss-Missa18:32Album Only
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listen  4. Musicalische Exequien, Op. 7, SWV 279-281: Canticum B. Simeonis: Herr, nun lassest du deinen Diener 3:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Introitus: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund 2:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Symphonia 1:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Und es war um die dritte Stunde10:44Album Only
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listen  9. Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478: Conclusio 1:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: Die mit Tranen saen, SWV 378 3:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ, SWV 379 2:44$0.89  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0001Z65IU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Schütz Works Radiantly Performed September 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The two important works here are the 'German Requiem' ('Musicalische Exequien'), SWV 179-181 and 'The Seven Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross' ('Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz'), SWV 478. The two short works that fill out the CD are the five-part tenth and eleventh motets from 'Geistliche Chor-Musik' ('Sacred Choir Music'): the 26th Psalm ('Die mit Tränen säen' ['They that sow in tears']), and 'So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ' ('So onward I go to Jesus Christ') whose text it taken from a funeral choral 'Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist' ('When my hour is come').

The German Requiem and the 'Seven Words' are well-known and well-loved. They have many recordings. These are done by a a small group of soloists, the Himlische Cantorey, and a small choir, the Alsfelder Vokalensemble Bremen, all dedicated to presenting ancient music. The orchestra is the Barockorchester I Febiarmonici, all conducted by Wolfgang Helbich. All the participants are expert; one notes particularly the purity of tone of the singers. The recording was made at the St. Petri Dom in Bremen and the sound is that of a spacious cathedral whose warm acoustic lends a rich and lovely ambience to the music. It's really quite extraordinarily well recorded.

What can one say about the stunningly beautiful music of Schütz, surely the most celebrated German composer of the 17th century? His use of anguished suspensions, open fourths and fifths and slow harmonic motion all allow for the ringing tone of a cathedral acoustic and yet preserve absolute clarity of text. Having sung just last year in the 'Seven Words,' I can still remember the goosebumps that one gets from performing this serenely beautiful music.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless January 5, 2007
By JoJo
Format:Audio CD
I cannot say enough about this disc. My introduction to Schutz's music occurred 5 years ago, when I stumbled upon an LP recording of the German Requiem, and this Naxos CD served as my reintroduction to this work and Schutz in general. I find it interesting that these two major works were recorded onto the same CD, since they represent two of Schutz's most personal expressions in music.

The German Requiem was composed in the mid-1630s on the death of Schutz's good friend Heinrich von Reuss, on texts which were engraved onto Reuss's coffin (this work was written to be performed at the burial, hence the formal title 'Concerto in the Style of a German Burial Mass'). Comparable to his other output, this work is harmonically conservative, and very much in the old contrapuntal style cultivated in the 16th century. The soloists, choir and instrumentalists (viols and continuo instruments on this piece) do an outstanding job of portraying the deep emotional undertones present in the piece. The chorale settings in Part I (Track 2) truly dance, and the brilliant portrayal of seraphims and the Beata Anima by 2 soprano and a baritone soloist against the choir in Part III are executed well. In agreement with Mr. Morrison, the purity of voices and flawless execution on this disc is phenomenal.

The Seven Words of Christ is a later work, and also one of Schutz's most personal (this is speculated, since it remained in manuscript and was never published). On this recording, the choir sounds fantastic (similar to the Requiem) on the Introit and Conclusion. The instrumental sections (for viols and organ), Parts II and IV are convincingly meditative, as if to first prepare the listener for Christ's words, and then to allow him to reflect afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance for a great price January 7, 2014
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If you do not know Shütz too well, the main work on this CD, the Musikalische Exequien, here termed "German Requiem" after the subtitle of the first section, is one of his most touching works. This is a decent performance for an excellent price.
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The work of Schutz is too little recorded and performed. Here's another proof that it should be more of a staple of the repertoire.
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