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Schütz: Musikalische Exequien
 
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Schütz: Musikalische Exequien

6 Nov 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Copyright: (c) 2002 harmonia mundi s.a.
  • Total Length: 58:47
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  • ASIN: B00BA09MTO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,392 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marsilio on 14 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
This was the first of what became a three-disc tribute to the "father of German music,"Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672)by Philippe Herreweghe and his family of singers and musicians before he left Harmonia Mundi to found his own record label.The final offering - Schutz's astonishing Opus Ultimum (Schwanengesan)in 2007 - is one of my Desert Island discs.Given that that is a necessarily long,and profound, meditation on Psalm 119,in Schutz's beautifully austere style,readers may be justifiably questioning what it is about this music that can possibly still be of interest to a contemporary audience.In this sumptuously produced 2009 re-issue of the Musikalische Exequien,Herreweghe himself offers us some clues in his typically illuminating liner notes.Schutz - whose career embraced both the Renaissance and the Baroque - composed during a century haunted by the spectre of death."Successive plague epidemics,dysentery,the ravages of a brutal war and clashing ideologies,not to speak of personal tragedies in the form of the death of his wife and other close family members in quick succession,all combined to create an atmosphere of almost Apocalyptic horror.Added to which,Herreweghe reminds us,there were "internal upheavals" created by scientific discoveries potent enough to compound existing insecurities,and pose profound questions about the place of human beings in the Cosmos.If anything,those questionings and insecurities have simply multiplied in the intervening years - and so has the private obsession with death amidst a public taboo.
What then does Schutz bring us in an age of febrile insecurity?
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Hammond on 26 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Heard this disc on BBC recently and decided to buy it. I am not a trained musician but I think this is a superb piece and excellently performed. PJH.
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