Early Music - Schütz: German Requiem, Etc / Helbich
While the two motets from Geistliche Chormusik are familiar, the two larger works are favorites among the mid-length compositions, longer than the little pieces that make up published books but not as imposing as the historiae and the passions. One a funeral service, the other a meditation on Good Friday, they have been recorded separately over a dozen times each, even if couplings are varied in the CD era.
The soloists are ensemble singers rather than famous names. It’s not clear whether the seven named singers make up the Himlische Cantorey, a new formation. The Febiarmonici is also a new group of period-instrument players. Most enthusiasts will probably have all these works, but a newer collector intent on building a Schütz library should grab this disc to fill one of the slots. He will probably return to it again and again, for it is such a satisfying realization of this deeply felt music.
J. F. Weber, FANFARE
Catalog Number: 8555705
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Conductor: Wolfgang Helbich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble, Febi Armonici, Himlische Cantorey
Performer: Beate Röllecke, Henning Kaiser, Henning Voss, Jan Kobow, Ralf Grobe, Ulrich Maier, Veronika Winter