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Fanfare Magazine: 22:3 (01-02/1999)
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Reviewer: J.F. Weber
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These two great books of sacred music by Heinrich Schütz are a contrast in styles. The Psalms of David was Schütz's demonstration of what he had learned about polychoral style from Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice. The later motets were a conscious throwback to unaccompanied motets in the older style, unlike the sacred concertos with basso continuo that he published around the same time in two books of Symphoniae Sacrae (1647, 1650). Yet the performances in these two sets are more alike than we might expect, for both ensembles use one voice to a part.


Junghänel eschews the normal order of the published book (Schneidt and Bernius followed it) in favor of his own ordering. This presumably achieves effects of balance and contrast in mood and scoring, although the notes are silent about this. Junghänel's tempos are uniformly just a bit slower in virtually every piece, but hardly enough to make a difference. The two most recent sets of performances are more alike than different, for the choral voices that Bernius uses influence the tonal weight of his performances less than the solo voices and instruments, which are similar to Junghänel's forces. Strange to say, one might choose one set over the other simply on the basis of Bernius's numerical order versus Junghängel's own sequence of pieces. I urge every committed Sagittarian to own one or the other.

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