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Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

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Schütz - Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreutz & Johannes-Passion

Schütz - Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreutz & Johannes-Passion


Schütz:

Die sieben Worte Jesu Christ am Kreuz, SWV 478

St John Passion, SWV 481


The third volume in the ARS NOVA Copenhagen and Paul Hillier’s Heinrich Schütz series showcases the Johannes-Passion (St. John’s Passion) and Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreutz (Seven Last Words of Christ). Dacapo’s Schütz series aims to record all the passions and oratorios of Schütz and this is another fine example of the early Baroque vocal music that is said to have inspired J.S Bach.

“Paul Hillier paces the narrative subtly, from down-to-earth description to slow contemplation...The singers, admirably matched, are helped by the church acoustic, which warms the tone without obscuring detail...the simplicity of the bare, unadorned line is hauntingly beautiful and enhanced by excellent recording.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“The five singers of Ars Nova Copenhagen blend beautifully in the deeply expressive Introitus and the fantastic quality of consort singing is no more notable than the touching communication of the text. Each singer performs their solo lines insightfully...this spellbinding performance is well worth acquiring.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

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Dacapo - 8226093

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Schütz - Weinachtshistorie & Auferstehunghistorie

Schütz - Weinachtshistorie & Auferstehunghistorie


Schütz:

Weihnachts-Historie, SWV435

Auferstehungshistorie, SWV50


Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass), Johan Linderoth (tenor), Adam Riis (tenor) & Else Torp (soprano)

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Concerto Copenhagen & Sirius Viols, Paul Hillier

The second volume of ARS NOVA Copenhagen & chief conductor Paul Hillier’s series showcasing the passions and oratorios of Heinrich Schütz features the Christmas Story and the Resurrection History, two masterly examples of the early vocal Baroque before the time of Bach, who admired Schütz.

ARS NOVA and a team of talented Danish soloists are accompanied by players of the acclaimed ensemble Concerto Copenhagen and the viola da gamba ensemble Sirius Viols, founded by and featuring Hille Perl, one of the world’s leading viola da gamba players.

“The performance is first-rate throughout. Natural, tractable voices create characterful images - in the Christmas Story, Else Torp an ethereal angel, Jakob Bloch Jespersen a sneering Herod. The major roles of Evangelist are well narrated, in both Historien, with a natural speech rhythm paced to match the changing moods. A disc to cherish.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 *****

“Ars Nova Copenhagen reaffirms its status as an outstanding vocal ensemble with luminous and pure choral singing. Its members also provide excellent solos...Hillier paces and shapes Schütz's music to perfection...Schütz recordings of such ardent beauty are much too rare, so this is not to be missed.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“The splendid Ars Nova Copenhagen, directed by the sensitive Paul Hillier, provide here totally compelling recordings of Schutz's inspired settings of the Christmas Oratorio and the History of the Resurrection...the solo singing is very fine, especially the radiant-voiced soprano, Else Torp.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2010

Finalist - Baroque Vocal

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Dacapo - 8226058

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Schütz: St Luke Passion, SWV 480

Schütz: St Luke Passion, SWV 480


Johan Linderoth

Jakob Bloch Jespersen & Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier

Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier here present the first recording in a series devoted to the narrative works (Historia) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672).

The Danish vocal ensemble thus celebrates Denmark’s proud connection with this German master who was appointed Kapellmeister to King Christian IV and worked at the Danish court for two periods over the course of eleven years.

The cover illustrations show reliefs in beaten metal by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976), a member of the Die Brücke group founded in 1905 in Dresden – a city with which Schütz himself was closely associated.

ARS NOVA COPENHAGEN is widely recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles in Europe. At the heart of Ars Nova Copenhagen’s work is its equal dedication to early music and new music. Lead by chief conductor since 2003, PAUL HILLIER, the ensemble has gained critical acclaim for numerous recordings.

“The bass Jakob Bloch Jespersen is finely cast as Jesus, his voice and range sonorous and his pacing thoughtful and restrained. The 12-voice choir plays the role of disciples, high priests and crowds baying for blood… Their intonation is superb, creating a rich tone in a reverberant Copenhagen Church.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

“The 14 singers in this performance of Heinrich Schütz's St Luke Passion sing with superb diction, poise, intonation, blend and expressiveness.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

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Dacapo - 8226019

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Schütz: St Matthew Passion, SWV 479

Schütz: St Matthew Passion, SWV 479


Julian Podger (Evangelist) & Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Jesus)

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier

The Matthäus-passion marks the conclusion of Dacapo’s critically acclaimed Schütz series with Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier.

Ars Nova were 2010 GRAMMY-WINNERS in the Best Small Ensemble Performance. Category

“The heaviest responsibility rests with the Evangelist, superbly done by Podger. Though he rises to moments of great dramatic oratory in places...most of his account is delivered in measured tone and pace...Ars Nova Copenhagen's impeccable intonation creates a vibrant sonority at moments of cadential repose. Jespersen's Christus is deeply felt” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ****

“Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier make a good case here for what it, on the surface, pretty dry music. Aside from the very well-handled choral interjections (you wait for them, and boy, how they move you when they arrive!) the conductor initiates a steady build up of tension over this hour-long musical journey.” Classic FM Magazine, June 2011 ***

“Julian Podger matches the sparseness of Schutz's plainsong-like lines...with suitably restrained vocal production...What keeps the attention here is the way that all the solo singers - including those drawn from choir for the minor roles - inject just enough urgency and drama into their singing for us to feel the power of the unfolding story, but not so much as to disturb the work's underlying serenity and understatement...A hair-shirt Easter treat.” International Record Review, April 2011

“So plain is the story-telling that the Evangelist (the excellent Julian Podger) sings his familiar narration, deftly inflected, unaccompanied throughout; the touches of expressiveness from the choral interjections are all the more powerful, and the theological understanding is profound.” The Observer, 17th April 2011

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Dacapo - 8226094

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Schütz: The Complete Narrative Works

Schütz: The Complete Narrative Works


Schütz:

St Luke Passion, SWV 480

St John Passion, SWV 481

St Matthew Passion, SWV 479

Weihnachts-Historie, SWV435

Auferstehungshistorie, SWV50

Die sieben Worte Jesu Christ am Kreuz, SWV 478


This box set presents the complete narrative works (Historiae) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) in the acclaimed new recordings by Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier.

The engaging account of the six stories of Christmas, Passion and Resurrection in Schütz’ sublime Baroque settings is presented along with authoritative notes and the conductor’s own commentary on the works, which rank among the finest pieces of the 17th Century.

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Dacapo - 8204035

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