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Symphoniae Sacrae I - 1629 [Import]

Heinrich Schutz Audio CD
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  • Composer: Heinrich Schutz
  • Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Accent Records
  • ASIN: B000004433
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Domine, Labia Mea Aperies (SWV 271) - Barbara Borden/Douglas Nasrawi
2. Cantabo Domino In Vita Mea (SWV 260) - John Potter
3. Fili Mi, Absolon (SWV 269) - Harry Van Der Kamp
4. Paratum Cor Meum, Deus (SWV 257) - Barbara Borden
5. Anima Mea Liquifacta Est (Prima Pars-SWV 263) - John Potter/Douglas Nasrawi
6. Adjuro Vos, Filiae Jerusalem (Secunda Pars-SWV 264) - John Potter/Douglas Nasrawi
7. Jubilate Deo Omnis Terra (SWV 262) - Harry Van Der Kamp
8. In Lectulo Per Noctes (Prima Pars-SWV 272) - Barbara Borden/Rogers Covey-Crump
9. In Venerunt Me Custodes Civitatis (Secunda Pars-SWV 273) - Barbara Borden/Rogers Covey-Crump
10. O Quam Tu Pulchra Es, Amica Mea (Prima Pars-SWV 265) - John Potter/Douglas Nasrawi
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Benedicam Dominum In Omni Tempore (Prima Pars-SWV 267) - Barbara Borden/John Potter/Harry Van Der Kamp
2. Exquisivi Dominum (Secunda Pars-SWV 268) - Barbara Borden/John Potter/Harry Van Der Kamp
3. Attendite, Popule Meus (SWV 270) - Harry Van Der Kamp
4. Venite Ad Me Omnes Qui Laboratis (SWV 261) - Douglas Nasrawi
5. Veni, Dilecte Mi (SWV 274) - Barbara Borden/Nele Gramss/Douglas Nasrawi
6. Exultavit Cor Meum In Domino (SWV 258) - Barbara Borden
7. Buccinate In Neomenia Tuba (Prima Pars-SWV 275) - John Potter/Douglas Nasrawi/Harry Van Der Kamp
8. Jubilate Deo (Seconda Pars-SWV 276) - Barbara Borden/Nele Gramss/Rogers Covey-Crump/John Potter/Douglass Nasrawi/Harry Van Der Kamp

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime music and perfect interpretations November 2, 2005
This recording is a 'desert island disc' of mine. I have played it over and over again since I bought it in 1992.

There are many masterpieces here.
Fili me, Absalon and Attendite, popule meus - each featuring four trombones, solo bass voice and basso continuo. Anima mea liquifacta est/Adjuro vos filiæ Jerusalem - for two mute cornetts, two tenors and basso continuo (perhaps the best work in the set?) and the extroverted Buccinate in neomenia tuba/Jubilate Deo - both parts for two tenors and bass singers, trumpet, cornett, dulcian and basso continuo.
The two works for three dulcians and alto and soprano voices are very atmospheric and sensual.
Some of the works feature a pair of violins accompanying the singers and these are also very beautiful works.

The Symphoniæ Sacræ I of Heinrich Schütz is one of the greatest collections of works in the entire 17th century. Schütz explores a range of human emotions and moods in these works and does so with great clarity and sophistication.

The performances on these two CDs are beyond reproach. I cannot recommend this recording too highly to you - it is a great recordings of great music.
Believe me!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rapture Is at Hand February 14, 2008
Last night I had the strangest dream: In my sleep, Steve Jobs came to me and commissioned me to pre-program an iPod for every living human being with the music most likely to induce Rapture. I thought hard about an assortment, but then decided that all the works of a single composer would generate a more rapturous state of mind. Ah, but which composer? I pondered over Ockeghem, Monteverdi, Bach, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Chuck Berry, until it occurred to me that my own experience of Rapture should be my guide, at which point the choice was obvious: Heinrich Schuetz! Still in my dream, I loaded the Psalmen Davids, the Musikalishe Exequien, the Passions and Christmas Oratorio, the Geistliche Chormusik, and of course all of the Symphoniae Sacrae on my iPod prototype. Lo, as soon as Father Jobs had done his job and placed a Schuetz-loaded iPod in every person's pocket, the whole of humanity stopped its fighting and flittering and levitated rapturously into the empyrean.

On the basis of my dream, I wish to nominate Bruce Dickey, the leader of Concerto Palatino, for the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Certainly none of the other recent winners have been nearly as eloquent. I presume that Bruce would share the booty with the other members of Palatino, and perhaps even reserve a portion for the singers on this magnificent double CD of the Symphoniae Sacrae of 1629.

The Symphoniae Sacrae are essentially "chamber oratorios" - miniature masterworks for one or two voices accompanied by a few instruments and light continuo. Voices, instrumental timbres, and texts are exquisitely matched for maximum dramatic affect. Everything has to be as transparent as a mountain brook; not a single note or pitch can be masked.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! April 26, 2006
The composer: Heinrich Schutz, contemporary of Montiverdi, student of Giovanni Gabrielli, devout Catholic, and expat in Venice. Famous in his day and remains well-known. Fled to Venice to escape the 30 Years' War in his native Germany.

The Work: Symphoni? Sacr? I was written after Schutz returned to Venice. It was, in format and title, an homage to Gabrielli. A sublime piece of semi-ecclesiastical work, it is a setting for voice and instruments of many of Schutz' favorite verses from scripture, heavy on Song of Solomon, so expect a love theme. The whole work is superb but track 5- Anima Mea Liquifacta Est, Track 10- O, Quam Tu Pulchram Est, and 11- Veni di Libanon, are particularly beautiful. You can almost hear the mingling of divine and human love in the Symphoni? Sacr? I.

The performance: Period instruments are wonderful and the performance is flawless. As with their other recordings, Concerto Palatino does a wonderful job.

The Product: 2 CD's, both fine quality. Copious notes and full libretto with translations.

Flaws: Translations of the Latin are abominable in places, only fair in others. Translations to the English are generally only so-so, to German are consistently inept.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As with others by Concerto Palatino, First Rate June 13, 2000
These concertos are grander and more expansive than the Kleine Geistliche Konzerte of a few years later, and show Schutz at his most expressive and emotionally intense form.
The performances are excellent and the sound quality very fine.
What more is there to say? If you appreciate Schutz, this is a must have.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless performances December 2, 2005
By scott
I must agree with my Australian friend, as I have also owned this recording for years and regularly come back to it. The motets from Symphoniae Sacrae I are small in scale, but are all extremely beautiful. Apart from his Psalmen Davids (1619), this collection is my favorite of Schutz's published output.

The music is unfailingly expressive and innovative, plus the performances given are perfectly judged and do great justice to these fantastic works. There is constant variety of voices and instrumentation such that no two motets share the same scoring. I especially like In lectio per noctes which employs three curtals under soprano and alto voices. It's an exquisite texure.

This is a recording any fan of Schutz should not be without.
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