Heinrich Schütz was the most important composer in the German-speaking world before Johann Sebastian Bach. We will be commemorating the 350th anniversary of his death on 6 November 2022. Schütz’ work is part of Ensemble Polyharmonique’s core repertoire. With many concerts and its acclaimed recording of Geistliche Chor-Music (1648), the ensemble has demonstrated that the combination of rhetorical singing and a poetic, sensual sonority makes Heinrich Schütz’ music powerfully evocative even today. The Musikalische Exequien form the crux of this concert programme. Schütz composed this masterpiece in 1635/36 to mark the death of his duke, Henry the Posthumous of Reuss. The programme offers us a glimpse of a state of mind upheld by Renaissance humanism that continues to fascinate us today: the awareness of one’s own transience and the belief that people go to another world after death. The German Ensemble Polyharmonique presents the music of the early Baroque at the most prestigious concert halls and can be heard at AMUZ for the very first time.
T. Michael: Selig sind die Toten | J.H. Schein: Threnus – Ich will schweigen | J. Vierdanck: Meine Harfe ist zur Klage geworden | H. Schütz: Musikalische Exequien SWV 279-281 | Ch. Bernhard: Wie der Hirsch schreiet | M. Praetorius: Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist | H.L. Hassler: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr
Magdalene Harer, Joowon Chung, soprano | Johannes Gaubitz, Sören Richter, tenor | Matthias Lutze, bass | Juliane Laake, violone | Klaus Eichhorn, organ | Alexander Schneider, altus & artistic leader
Cat. 1: €28 / €24
Cat. 2: €24 / €20