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Psalmen David's Import

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  • Audio CD (9 Feb. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • ASIN: B0000027TQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,678,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Der Herr sprach zu meinem Herren SWV 22: Coro favorito I (1, 3, 5, 8) - Coro favorito II (2, 4, 7, 10) - Coro capella
  2. Warum toben die Heiden SWV 23: Coro favorito I + II - Coro capella I + II
  3. Ach Herr, straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn SWV 24: Coro I + II
  4. Aus der Tiefe ruf ich, herr, zu dir SWV 25: Coro I + II
  5. Ich freu mich des, das mir geredt ist SWV 26: Coro favorito I + II - Coro capella I + II
  6. Herr, unser Herrscher SWV 27: Coro favorito I (1) - Coro favorito II (3) - Coro capella
  7. Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt SWV 28: Coro I (3) - Coro II (5)
  8. Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen SWV 29: Coro I (3) - Coro II (6)
  9. Wohl dem, der den Herren furchtet SWV 30: Coro I (1) - Coro II (6)
  10. Ich hebe meine Agen auf zu den Bergen SWV 31: Coro favorito (1, 3, 5, 9) - Coro capella I - Coro capella II
  11. Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich SWV 32: Coro favorito I (2, 7) - Coro favorito II (5) - Coro capella I + II
  12. Der Herr ist mein Hirt SWV 33: Coro favorito (1, 2, 5, 7) - Coro capella I + II
  13. Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen SWV 34: Coro favorito (1, 3, 5, 8) - Coro favorito (2, 4, 7, 9) - Coro capella I + II

Disc: 2

  1. Singet dem Herrn ein neuses Lied SWV 35: Coro I + II
  2. Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt SWV 36: Coro I + II
  3. An den Wassern zu Babel SWV 37: Coro I + II
  4. Alleluja! Lobet den Herren in seinem Heiligtum SWV 38: Coro favorito I (1, 3, 5, 8) - Coro favorito II (2, 4, 7, 9) - Coro capella I + II
  5. Lobe den Herren, meine Seele SWV 39: Coro favorito I (1, 3, 6, 8) - Coro I + II
  6. Ist nicht Ephraim mein teurer Sohn SWV 40: Coro favorito I (1, 5) - Coro favorito II (3) - Coro capella
  7. Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren SWV 41: Coro favorito I (1, 3, 6, 8) - Coro favorito II - Coro capella I + II
  8. Die mit Tranen saen SWV 42: Coro I (1, 6) - Coro II (2, 5)
  9. Nicht uns, Herr ,sondern deinem Namen SWV 43: Coro I (5) - Coro II - Coro III (3)
  10. Wohl dem, der den Herren furchtet SWV 44: Coro I (8) - Coro II (3) - Capella I + II
  11. Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich SWV 45: Coro I (1, 2, 5, 6) - Coro II (3) - Capella
  12. Zion spricht, der Herr hat mich verlassen SWV 46: Coro I (1, 5) - Coro II (2, 7) - Capella I + II
  13. Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt SWV 47: Coro I (3, 5) - Coro II (1, 6) - Coro III (2) - Capella

Product Description


Psalmen Davids, a collection of German settings of Psalms for use in Lutheran churches, was only Schütz's first publication of sacred music, but it made him famous all over Germany. The influence of the composer's teacher Gabrieli is evident throughout the magnificent, lavishly scored music (double choir with soloists, strings, and brass in various combinations), yet Schütz pays a Monteverdian attention and respect to his texts. That very respect can make some of the simpler Psalm-settings for two SATB choirs tedious for non-German-speakers, but the pieces with substantial parts for soloists and instruments are a joy--as are the performances here. (The one-voice-per-part performance by Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino on Harmonia Mundi, while smaller-scale, has subtlety and grace that transcend language barriers.) --Matthew Westphal

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fccd9d8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f71f5d0) out of 5 stars THE Psalmen Davids recording! 20 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
It seems to me that the Amazon editorial reviewer doesn't really understand or know this music and should not comment. (Why wasn't an expert engaged?) Schütz wrote the Psalmen Davids for forces ranging from two to four vocal choirs with and without violins, cornetts and trombones. Schütz also divides his choirs into 'favoriti' (solo singers) and 'cappella' choirs (a larger number of singers - full choirs, if you like) - instruments sometimes support the soloists and sometimes double or replace the 'cappella' choir. Trumpets are used in one of the works - 18 trumpeters performed in a performance of this work in Schütz' lifetime.

Musica Fiata and Frieder Bernius do a splendid job of bringing these works to life and the power and majesty of this music is evident throughout. The choir is not too big or too small and the instrumental playing is excellent throughout. This recording is vastly preferable to the misguided and strange OVPP Cantus Cölln recording which completely eliminates the vocal 'cappella' choirs and had insufficient voices to cover all the vocal lines - even with soloists! This recording was a major disappointment - 'budget-cut' Schütz in fact!

Buy this recording! This is the only Psalmen Davids on CD that comes even close to ideas Schütz expressed in the introduction to the published score of these works.

A word to Amazon - get some staff reviewers who know what they are talking about and who look at a score occasionally or do some research! You can't learn about music from CD cover notes alone!

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f74d5a0) out of 5 stars Unavailable Greatness 14 Feb. 2008
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7561e0) out of 5 stars A real winner 4 Dec. 2005
By scott - Published on Amazon.com
This is Schutz at his closest to Gabrieli. The scoring here is very lavish, some of these motets requiring 3 or even 4 choirs.

Bernius has done a great job bringing the best out of these works. Praetorius was very pragmatic and always gave the musician some latitude in how to perform his music according to the resources available. In this recording Bernius has chosen to be fairly opulent and has expanded the scope of the music to its grandest options. I find it very satisfying.

I am usually a fan of one-voice-per-part performances, but somehow this repetoire seems to benefit from the use of the capella that Junghanel forsakes in his recording of this music.
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