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Schein * Schutz: 'Larmes De Resurrection'

Magazine article Gramophone

Schein * Schutz: 'Larmes De Resurrection'

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Schein * Schutz

'Larmes de Resurrection'

Schein Israelis Briinnlein--exes Schutz Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi, SWV50

La Tempete / Simon-Pierre Bestion

Alpha (F) ALPHA394 (77' * DDD * T/t)

Following his intriguing Machaut/ Stravinsky Mass pairing (5/17), Simon-Pierre Bestion offers us a Resurrection History similarly recontextualised, associating it with selections from Johann Hermann Schein's Israelis Briinnlein, which cut across it at regular intervals. Only purists, I think, would object to the resulting disruption of Schiitz's narrative: with fine accounts of the Resurrection Histoiy to choose from (for example Paul Hillier's with Ars Nova Dacapo, 6/10), there is surely space, as with Machaut's Mass, for new approaches. (The same goes for Israelis Briinnlein, which exists complete from Cantus Colin--Deutsche Harmonia Mundi--among others.)

In any case, Bestion rules himself out of direct comparison in other ways, allowing other instrumental consorts (beyond the usual viols) to take up the accompaniment at certain points, or making cuts to Schiitz's text. Again, some listeners will feel they are better served elsewhere; but the ensemble is of a quality sufficient to quell the doubts even of Cleophas (the selections from Israelis Briinnlein alone are worth the price of admission). …

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