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David de Winter & The Brook Street Band • Schütz: A German in Venice (CD)

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One of the key German composers before Bach with more than 500 surviving individual pieces, Heinrich Schütz wrote mainly church music, and is credited with bringing the Italian style to Germany and continuing its evolution from the Renaissance into the early Baroque. Although he lived most of his long life in Germany, in his twenties Schütz made two visits to Venice. The first was between 1609 and 1613 when he was taught by Giovanni Gabrieli; and the second in the late 1620s to meet and possibly study under Monteverdi. The two trips greatly influenced Schütz’s music as he absorbed and began to combine the ornate and theatrical Venetian style with the more understated Lutheran tradition in which he grew up.

This album explores his solo cantatas alongside examples of the brilliant and virtuosic Venetian style instrumental music.

Disc includes by Schütz, Monteverdi, Rossi, Sances, Grandi & Cavali.

David de Winter tenor
The Brook Street Band
Rachel Harris violin
Kathryn Parry violin
Tatty Theo cello
Carolyn Gibley harpsichord & organ
Lynda Sayce theorbo & lute
Lisete da Silva Bull recorder
Emily Bannister recorder

FHR145 • Released 2024