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Praetorius: Magnificat
Michael Praetorius, Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble
Praetorius: Magnificat
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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German composer Michael Praetorius, whose life bridged the 16th and 17th centuries, was one of his era's most prolific writers, both of musical works and of works about music. His "Syntagma Musicum" remains one of the most...  more »

      
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All Artists: Michael Praetorius, Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble
Title: Praetorius: Magnificat
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1992
Re-Release Date: 5/5/1992
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644803921

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German composer Michael Praetorius, whose life bridged the 16th and 17th centuries, was one of his era's most prolific writers, both of musical works and of works about music. His "Syntagma Musicum" remains one of the most important treatises on instruments and performance practice; he composed many volumes of Protestant hymn-based works, motets, psalms, works for multiple choir, and Latin music for the Lutheran service. The "Magnificat" performed on this program is one of 14 that Praetorius included in his Megalynodia Sionia, published in 1611. Its polyphonic style and rich instrumental writing--particularly for brass--is occasionally reminiscent of Gabrieli, whose works Praetorius studied; or Schutz, with whom he traveled throughout Germany. The Huelgas Ensemble, "one of Europe's best-known groups specializing in performance of polyphonic music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance," gives an exemplary account of this little-known but prodigiously deserving music. --David Vernier

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Glorious music from the Renaissance
Patrick G. Andre | Bothell, WA USA | 09/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mainly vocal church music, performed with grace and beauty by The Huelgas Ensemble. Well recorded with clear vocals, yet with enough ambient reverberation to bring to mind a cathedral setting. Instrumentals add support but are not highlighted and blend beautifully with the voices.

For any one who loves complex vocals and beautiful harmonies, this is well worth adding to your collection.
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Powerful and deep
scott | Calgary, Canada | 06/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Praetorius is one of those composers who is well known by name, and everyone knows a few of the famous pieces, but most of his music goes unheard by the average listener. This disc by the Huelgas Ensemble has none of the "greatest hits" of Praetorius, but is none-the-less filled with beautiful, if understated, music.

It is anchored on each end by substantial works, a contrapuntal Magnificat based on a rising scale motive, and a setting of Psalm 116. In between are five motets on German or Latin texts. Being a pragmatic man, Praetorius gave great latitude regarding the performance of his music, and suggested that the distribution of the forces be determined by what forces were available. This means that much of this music can be sound either intimate or very grand depending on what the performers choose.

Van Nevel always seems to opt for a relatively subdued, yet deep sound. There is a certain earthiness to the sound his singers and instrumentalists produce; a reediness that is richly textured, not overly brilliant. I find it very attractive.

All of the music presented here is good, but my two favorites are Aus tiefer Not schrei and Venite exultemus Domino."
Musica de clase
Cederik Leon De Acuãa | México | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Como siempre, la curiosidad de conocer más sobre este artista, de los grandes teóricos de la música y sus instrumentos, me ha traido a la compra de este ejemplar. Este disco es una buena muestra del excepcional talento, creación y experimentación musical de Praetorius. Recomiendo ampliamente este disco. Con seguridad lo encontrarán atractivo."