Schütz complete recording
Nuremberg audience celebrates Dresdner Kammerchor and Hans-Christoph Rademann for conclusion of exceptional project
The complete recording of his work creates an important monument in sound to Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), the first German composer of international repute! Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresdner Kammerchor have completed the first recording of Schütz’s entire multifaceted oeuvre in 20 episodes on altogether 27 CDs. On this occasion, the festive opening concert of the 68th ION Music Festival in Nuremberg was dedicated to Heinrich Schütz. Rademann, founder and principal conductor of the Dresdner Kammerchor, artistic director of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart, winner of the International Schütz Prize and initiator of the complete recording, selected the Psalms of David for the program. This cycle of works, created 400 years ago, is a highlight – both of Heinrich Schütz’s oeuvre and of the complete recording.
The ambitious project of a complete Schütz recording began in 2009 as part of an intensive cooperation between Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Carus publishers Günter and Dr. Johannes Graulich. It was based on the musicological text of the Stuttgart Schütz Edition, Carus-Verlag’s complete edition. In the following years, the recording was prepared in close cooperation with many Schütz specialists, such as Prof. Werner Breig, Prof. Michael Heinemann, Ludger Rémy, Dr. Uwe Wolf and Dr. Helmut Lauterwasser. The final CD – Vol. 20, Friedensmusiken und Psalmen (Carus 83.278) – has now been released. For the first time, Schütz’s wonderful music can be experienced entirely in all its many facets in an excellent recording.
Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann on the recording: “I feel deeply grateful that we were able to master such a large project. Furthermore, I feel enormously enriched – and all musicians would surely feel the same – because Schütz’s music testifies to the greatest mastery. The term ‘father of German music’ is absolutely justified. Schütz is able to express an enormous amount with his music; he is, so to speak, an ‘illuminator’ of the word – with powerful musical images. Painting and music move very close together, one learns to see with one’s ears, so to speak.”
All CDs of the Schütz complete recording can be found >>here.
The program of the evening
Thanks to the performers
Reception at the historical Schürstabhaus
The following reception was attended by numerous people who continuously supported and made the project possible. From left to right: Anna Bockisch, Carus, Dr. Helmut Lauterwasser, Editor, Dr. Uwe Wolf, Carus, Dr. Johannes Graulich, Carus, Dr. Johannes Kärcher, long-time supporter, Dr. Christina Siegfried, Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Initiator and Artistic Director, Dr. Oliver Geißler, Musikfest ION.