The list author says: "The CDs featured on this list are not simply collections of disconnected samplings of Lutheran liturgical music, but they each reproduce, to one degree or another, what a Lutheran worship service would have sounded like in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is especially so with the first ten items, which are 'liturgical reconstructions' in the fullest sense. The individual components of the services appear on these CDs in their proper liturgical sequence. To the extent that it is possible in a recording, this allows us to experience these compositions in the devotional context within which they were intended to be heard. These CDs open up for us a 'portal' to a mostly forgotten world of Lutheran liturgical church life, in Lutheranism's golden age, that many today do not realize ever existed. An addendum to this Listmania list, 'Lutheran Liturgical Music,' can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/lm/R10BNRF9DL6DK0/ This supplemental list includes additional recordings that do not fully satisfy the criteria for the featured items on the primary list, since they do not reproduce the structure and order of a Lutheran worship service as such. But the CDs on the supplemental list do contain worthwhile examples of the kind of liturgical music that Lutherans would have used in the 17th and 18th centuries. + + + 'Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe...' (Hebrews 12:28, NIV)"
"This Michael Praetorius CD reproduces most of the components of the Divine Service for Easter, including chanted Scripture and prayers. In comparison to the 'Mass for Christmas Morning' (which utilizes vernacular translations and paraphrases of the chief parts of the Mass), this CD features settings of the Latin texts. But the Venite would likely not have been used as an Easter Introit."
"This CD reproduces most of the components of a Christmas Vespers service, including chanted Scripture and prayers. Catechetical hymns, as would have been used in a Lutheran service of this kind, are also included."
"This CD reproduces most of the components of an actual service that was held at St. Gertrude's Chapel in Hamburg on April 18, 1607, including chanted Scripture and prayers. Noteworthy is Hieronymus Praetorius's setting of the Te Deum. The Kyrie and Gloria in Excelsis are sung according to beautiful settings by Orlando di Lasso. Di Lasso was not Lutheran, but his music was often used by Lutherans."
"This CD reproduces most of the components of a St. Michael's Day Vespers service, including chanted Scripture and prayers. My forebears were living in Hamburg in the days when Hieronymus Praetorius was the chief musician there. I can easily imagine that they were present for services like this in the St. Petri Church, where they were parishioners."
"This CD reproduces most of the components of a Christmas Vespers service, including chanted Scripture and prayers. The setting of O bone Jesu is quite moving. The chanting of the Nativity history is also very well done."
"This CD reproduces all of the components of the Divine Service for Epiphany, including chanted Scripture and prayers. The chanting of the Preface and Proper Preface in the Communion Rite, in familiar Latin plainsong, reflects a spirit of timeless dignity and otherworldly reverence."
"This CD reproduces most of the components of a Good Friday service. It places Bach's St. John Passion within its proper liturgical setting - as a part of such a service. For more information see http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-john-passion.aspx"
"This CD reproduces some of the important components of a Pentecost Vespers service. It also includes two chorale arrangements. The style of Demantius's compositions is generally regarded as more traditional than that of many of his 17th-century contemporaries."
"This CD intends to reproduce some of the important components of a Roman Catholic Mass (for the feast day of a martyr-bishop), but the texts could just as well have been used in a Lutheran Divine Service. One of the composers whose music is included, Hans Leo Hassler, was a Lutheran. The chief parts of the Mass are sung to settings by Orlando di Lasso, whose music was often used by Lutherans."
"This Michael Praetorius CD is a little bit of a hybrid, but it does essentially reproduce some of the important components of a Christmas Vespers service. A few of the pieces on this recording are sung in English. This CD should not be confused with the CD noted above that bears an almost identical name, but that is superior to this one in all respects."
"This CD reproduces some of the important components of a St. Mary's Day Vespers service. In the published version of Rosenmueller's music for this Vespers service, the Marian texts were altered where necessary, in order to 'Lutheranize' them. But for this recording these Marian texts were 're-Catholicized' and changed back to their pre-Reformation form."
"This CD reproduces some of the important components of a service of Compline or Evening Prayer. Rosenmueller was a Lutheran, but spent several years in Catholic Venice. Most of this music was composed with the liturgical needs of the Lutheran Church in mind, and was used by Lutherans in Germany. The final track, however, would not have been used in a Lutheran service."
"Bach's Mass in B minor, in its final form, was probably not intended for liturgical use. This recording does neverthless include a few extra liturgical elements: intonations for the Gloria and the Creed; the Preface; and the Proper Preface, and a hymnic Introit, for Pentecost. The heightened liturgical sense that these additions may produce is, however, offset by the applause at the end."
"This CD reproduces some of the important components of the Divine Service for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Yes, Lutherans in the period of "Lutheran Orthodoxy" observed such festivals. And yes, Bach composed and arranged music for such observances.) Samples can be heard at the German site: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B0029ZVNAA/"
"This CD, in effect, reproduces some of the important components of the Divine Service. Stolzer, a reform-minded ordained priest as well as a composer, died in 1526, but his music was preserved and used by Lutherans in the decades that followed his death."
"This CD begins with five hymn paraphrases of the chief parts of the Mass, according to the pattern of Luther's 'German Mass.' Several more of Luther's hymns then follow. The quality of the recording is not as good as 'Martin Luther & the Music' (see the list 'Lutheran Liturgical Music')."
"This CD reproduces some of the important components of an actual service that was held at the Castle Chapel in Dresden on October 31, 1617, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation."