This was a very fine performance of a very great masterwork, but since it is unavailable, even used, and since I've become separated from my own copy of it, I can't review it in detail. I only wish to suggest that the critical comparisons of this disk with the available performance by Konrad Junghanel and Cantus Colln are both valid and irrelevant. It's quite true that Junghanel has presented a "minimal" scoring of the work, but such selective use of forces was quite within the practice of Schuetz's musical world. In fact, as the Thirty Years War and the plagues in Italy took their toll on musicians, cornettists especially for some odd reason, Schuetz would surely have been overjoyed to have such forces available as Junghanel employs.
As I remember, this performance by Musica Fiata was big and resonant but lacking in declamatory drama, more a choral festival than the acoustics of a CD in your living room can sustain. It's one thing to hear such music in a cathedral, and quite another on your headphones.
The main thing is to hear the music. Hey, friends, I'm the purist's purist, but I love the Cantus Colln results.
There are some older CDs of Psalmen Davids still being sold. Shun them at all costs. Schuetz is extremely performance dependent.