Magazine article Gramophone

Schutz: 'Kleine Geistliche Konzerte, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

Schutz: 'Kleine Geistliche Konzerte, Vol 2'

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Schutz 'Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Vol 2' Kleine geistliche Konzerte, SWV306-337 Gerlinde Samann, Isabel Schicketanz, Maria Stosiek sops David Erler counterten Tobias Mathger, Georg Poplutz tens Tobias Berndt, Felix Schwandtke basses Matthias Muller va da gamba Stefan Maass theorbo / Ludger Remy org Carus (M) (2) CARUS83 271 (118' * DDD * T/t)

It's five years since Carus issued the first volume of Kleine geistliche Konzerte (Schutz published the two sets in 1636 and 1639) and 18 since Weser-Renaissance Bremen published both together on CPO. Most of the cast of the first Carus set appears here; and, as I noted at the time (10/14), the approach taken by the two ensembles is basically the same, despite differences as to pitch level and choice of voice type from piece to piece. That is perhaps the most surprising thing about this new release: listening to the two alongside each other one scarcely credits the age difference. Given the performing forces involved, there's arguably little scope for differentiation; still, in several fundamental aspects--vocal quality, but especially rhetorical approach and ornamentation (not just in the voices but in the continuo)--significant change is hard to discern. Has a consensus been reached in the performance of this music? …

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