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The pieces on this recording demonstrate the consummate art with which the German composers reconciled the new ideas imported from Italy at the very beginning of the 17th century (the principle of the basso continuo, accompanied monody, the concertato technique) with local traditions, thereby giving birth to works of a subtle beauty and an almost inexhaustible richness. This stylistic revolution paved the way to the flourishing of great forms like the vocal solo, the spiritual concert, the cantata, etc. cultivated by composers as different as Schütz, Buxtehude, Tunder and Erlebach: in the very heart of Baroque Europe the Germans were taking their place.
Schütz: O Jesu, Nomen Dulce, SWV 308
Rovetta: Ach, Herr, Lass Deine Lieben Engelein
Bach: Lamento "Ach, Daß Ich Wassers G'nug Hätte"
Tunder: Salve Mi Jesu
Legrenzi: Sonata Quinta A Quattro, Viole Da Gamba O Come Piace From "La Cetra", 1673
Buxtehude: Klag-Lied "Muß Der Tod Denn Auch Entbinden" From "Fried- Und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt", BuxWV 76
Erlebach: Wer Sich Dem Himmel Übergeben
Schütz: Herzlich Lieb Hab Ich Dich, O Herr, SWV 348
Buxtehude: Jubilate Domino
Albertini: Sonata #4 For Violin & Continuo In C Minor
Schütz: Was Hast Du Verwirket, SWV 307
“…the union of youthful timbre, sublime instrumental playing and explorative repertoire achieves a rare kind of perfection here. …essential for lovers of Baroque vocal music.”
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