Simply beautiful and dramatic music
Steven Guy | Croydon, South Australia | 03/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz is performed with great skill, care and feeling by Ensemble Clément Janequin and Les Saqueboutiers de Toulouse. I have not heard a better interpretation of this work anywhere. The cornetts (cornets à bouquin) and sackbuts (saqueboutes) provide a very rich and nobly ecclesiastical backdrop for the voices.
The other works presented on this wonderful CD include the great Magnificat, SWV 468 and the setting of the Magnificat for solo soprano voice, Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 344 - sung by Agnés Mellon.
The two-part work from Symphoniæ Sacræ I, 1629 - Anima mea, SWV 263 (prima pars) and Adjuro vos, SWV 264 (secunda pars) is sung by Bruno Boterf and Philippe Cantor. The men's voices are accompanied by Jean-Pierre Canihac abd Philippe Matharel on the cornetti. The continuo group consists of Konrad Junghänel, lute, Jonathan Cable, bass viol and violone, and Willem Jansen, organ.
Several other works are presented. All provide further evidence of the greatness of Heinrich Schütz.
This CD is now on Harmonia Mundi's budget label. If you're a lover of the music of Heinrich Schütz, you'll want to have this recording (if you do not have it already). If you're new to Schütz, this CD presents a powerful case for this composer.