A Christmas collection: Schütz and Gabrieli
Academy of Ancient Music
Paul Goodwin conductor
Catalogue: HMU 907 202
Schutz - Ein Kind ist uns geboren - AAM / Goodwin
About this album
Christmas was celebrated with particular splendour in the churches and court chapels of seventeenth-century Lutheran Germany. This attractive programme draws together a wide variety of Schüt' choral motets and dialogues to form an alternative Christmas story. As Schüt wrote no purely instrumental music, the sonatas and canzonas are by his associates and pupils. The two virtuosic canzonas by Giovanni Gabrieli are double-choir works with pairs of violins and cornetts supported by trumpets; the Usper sonara employs the same instrumental forces in a fascinating mixture of old and new sonorities.
On this CD