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Schütz: Christmas Vespers

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"As it might have been celebrated at the Court of Dresden c. 1664." The subtitle of this recording is the key: there's no Schütz work called 'Christmas Vespers,' but by combining research in church archives with what is known of service music in Schütz' time, a Vespers service for Christmas can be reconstructed. Paul McCreesh is becoming somewhat of a specialist in such projects.

Christmas Vespers in 17th-century Dresden, where Schütz was the senior Kapellmeister, would have been a musically elaborate culmination to a day already full of celebration and church-going. The eighty minutes of music here, while a substantial portion of the service, aren't actually the complete Vespers service (the sermon is omitted). What is here, however, is a disc chock-full of Christmas Schütz sung in a cathedral. The church acoustic gives the disc a sense of occasion; there are even two congregational hymns included, recorded from a different perspective than the choral portions of the service, giving an even greater sense of this being a recording of a church service rather than a studio recording. The effect of the whole is marvelous--Schütz' music is unparalleled and McCreesh and company give it an immensely successful presentation.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:51 Amazon
2 1:01 Amazon
3 3:54 Amazon
4 6:51 Amazon
Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, for chorus, instruments & continuo, SWV 435
5 1:09 Amazon
6 3:06 Amazon
7 2:59 Amazon
8 0:15 Amazon
9 2:00 Amazon
10 0:15 Amazon
11 1:25 Amazon
12 2:58 Amazon
13 1:52 Amazon
14 0:39 Amazon
15 2:43 Amazon
16 0:28 Amazon
17 2:05 Amazon
18 2:18 Amazon
19 1:33 Amazon
20 3:36 Amazon
21 1:32 Amazon
22 2:01 Amazon
23 2:11 Amazon
Magnificat anima mea, for soloists, 2 violins, 3 trombones, chorus ad lib & continuo, SWV 468
24 3:14 Amazon
25 2:00 Amazon
26 2:40 Amazon
27 1:17 Amazon
28 2:51 Amazon
29 1:51 Amazon
30 1:56 Amazon
31 6:47 Amazon
32 4:35 Amazon
33 1:35 Amazon
34 2:11 Amazon
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