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Schütz & G. Gabrieli: Polychoral Splendour
from the four galleries of the Abbey Church of Muri
Cappella Murensis & Les Cornets Noirs, Johannes Strobl
The young Heinrich Schütz’s four-year sojourn with Giovanni Gabrieli proved to be one of the most fruitful educational journeys to Italy undertaken by a German musician. Following his return, Schütz presented his 'Psalms of David' in 1619: an impressive result of his encounter with the Italian musical style. These 'German Psalms in the Italian Manner' are consistently based on the polychoral style with which Schütz had become acquainted in the Venetian tradition of cori spezzati. As first organist of St Mark’s, Venice, Gabrieli included in his compositions the architecture of this ecclesiastical building in a unique way, placing the singers and instrumentalists, who were divided into as many as four choirs, in facing galleries, thus achieving remarkable sonic and spatial effects.
On this recording the Cappella Murensis and the ensemble Les Cornets Noirs make use of the four galleries in the Abbey Church at Muri where the abbots and master builders designed the octagonal nave of specifically for polyphonic effect. In the works for two, three and four choirs, voices and instruments blend with a total of four continuo organs, producing a unique sound. The inclusion of the two large historic Bossart organs (Epistle and Gospel) as continuo instruments creates an additional dynamic palette.
With magnificent Sonatas and Canzonas by Giovanni Gabrieli, Les Cornets Noirs, led by the cornettists Gebhard David and Bork-Frithjof Smith, are showcased as one of the leading European ensembles in early baroque music.
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Jauchzet dem Herren Alle Welt
Musik aus der Dresdner Schlosskapelle Volume 2
Armcord & Cappella Sagittariana Dresden, Norbert Schuster
This collection features composers who were drawn to Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries and includes works such as Vasto mar and Es steh Gott auf by Schütz, who studied with Gabrieli in Venice. This is the second volume in a series of concerts given in the Chapel in Dresden Castle.
“Technically precise, with breathtaking articulation and stunning ensemble...they inject into everything here a vivid sense of drama which transform this programme from being one of unquestionable historic interest into a truly exciting listening experience...This is absolutely stunning playing, perfectly complementing the singers and adding a heady, glittering crown to what is music-making of the highest order.” International Record Review, March 2012
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