Classical Sunday: Schütz’s Schwanengesang

Beautiful, and somewhat haunting.

Heinrich Schütz: Schwanengesang – Hilliard Ensemble

Opus ultimum (Der Schwanengesang)

Track Listings

  1. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 482: I. Wohl denen, die ohne Wandel leben (Aleph und Beth)
  2. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 483: II. Tue wohl deinem Knechte (Gimel und Daleth)
  3. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 484: III. Zeige mir, Herr, den Weg deiner Rechte (He und Vav)
  4. Der Schwanengesang, Op 13 – Psalm 119, SWV 485: IV Gedenke deinem Knechte an dein Wort (Dsain und Chet)
  5. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 486: V. Du tust Guts deinem Knechte (Thet und Jod)
  6. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 487: VI. Meine Seele verlanget nach deinem Heil (Caph und Lamed)
  7. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 488: VII. Wie habe ich dein Gesetze so lieb (Mem und Nun)
  8. Der Schwanengesang, Op 13 – Psalm 119, SWV 489: VIII Ich hasse die Flattergeister (Samech und Ain)
  9. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 490: IX. Deine Zeugnisse sind wunderbarlich (Pe und Zade)
  10. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 119, SWV 491: X. Ich rufe von ganzem Herzen (Koph und Resch)
  11. Der Schwanengesang, Op 13 – Psalm 119, SWV 492: XI Die Fursten verfolgen mich ohn Ursach (Schin und Tav)
  12. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Psalm 100, SWV 493: XII. Jauchzet dem Herren alle Welt
  13. Der Schwanengesang, Op.13 – Deutsches Magnificat, SWV 494: XIII. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren

The Hilliard Ensemble
Knabenchor Hannover
London Baroque

Heinz Hennig direction

Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672) was a German composer and organist, generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as one of the most important composers of the 17th century. He is commemorated as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of some North American Lutheran churches on 28 July with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friedrich Händel.

Cover: Asen’s Fortress in Asenovgrad, Bulgaria

Classical Sunday: de Victoria’s Last Works

Come with us on a journey to the time of St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross.

The Tallis Scholars: Requiem Officium Defunctorum

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) should undoubtedly be considered the most significant Spanish composer of his time.  He exclusively devoted his life and creative energies to the Catholic Church, and became one of the leading musical figures of the Counter-Reformation.’

In all of his music, the texts are in Latin and drawn from the Roman Catholic Liturgy.

Read more in the description of the above video on YouTube.

Classical Sunday: 10 Sonatas by Henry Purcell


Top 10 Sonatas by Henry Purcell

Artwork by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 – 1797)

Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806 (10 Sonatas in Four Parts – c.1680):
I. Adagio 00:03
II. Canzona 01:40
III. Largo 02:48
IV. Adagio 05:16
V. Presto – Allegro – Adagio 06:00

Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Z. 791 (12 Sonatas of Three Parts – 1683):
I. Adagio 08:33
II. Largo – Presto 10:15
III. Adagio 11:36
IV. Allegro 13:12

Sonata No. 6 in G Minor, Z. 807 (10 Sonatas in Four Parts – c.1680):
I. Chaconne. Adagio 14:41

Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804 (10 Sonatas in Four Parts – c.1680):
I. Grave 22:56
II. Largo 24:31
III. Adagio 26:21
IV. Allegro 29:01

Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Z. 790 (12 Sonatas of Three Parts – 1683):
I. Adagio 30:57
II. Vivace 32:36
III. Adagio – Presto 33:42
IV. Largo 36:04

Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Z. 792 (12 Sonatas of Three Parts – 1683):
I. Grave, Adagio 37:49
II. Canzona 39:30
III. Poco largo – Allegro 41:19

Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Basso Continuo, Z. 780:
I. Adagio 44:07
II. Allegro 47:08
III. Largo 48:28
IV. Vivace 49:55

Sonata in D Major for Trumpet, Strings and Basso Continuo, Z. 850 (1694):
I. Allegro 50:48
II. Adagio 52:05
III. Presto 53:47

Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803 (10 Sonatas in Four Parts – c.1680):
I. Adagio 55:06
II. Canzona. Allegro 56:31
III. Adagio 58:27
IV. Largo – Allegro 1:00:08

Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802 (10 Sonatas in Four Parts – c.1680):
I. Adagio – Canzona. Allegro 1:02:41
II. Largo 1:04:53
III. Vivace 1:07:18

Classical Sunday: Hammerschmidt’s Sacred Works

Performed by the Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen

Sacred Works. Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611 – 1675)

* Herr unser Herrscher
* Anima mea liquefacta est
* Ein jegliches hat seine Zeit
* O Domine, quia ego servus tuus sum
* Herr, ich habe lieb die Stätte Deines Hauses
* Christ lag in Todesbanden
* Nun danket alle Gott
* Wenn der Herr die Gefangenen
* Paratum cor meum
* Da pacem Domine
* Nun lob mein Seel den Herren
* De profundis clamavi
* Inter brachia Salvatoris mei
* Herzlich lieb hab ich Dich
* Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ
* Vom Himmel hoch

Performed by the Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen with Manfred Cordes.

Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611 or 1612 – 29 October 1675) was a German Bohemian composer and organist of the early to middle Baroque era.  He was one of the most significant and popular composers of sacred music in Germany in the middle 17th century.

Classical Sunday: Dowland’s Lute Works

Dowland’s genius had a pervasive influence on the music of English and continental lutenists in the early seventeenth century.

John Dowland: Complete Lute Galliards Works/Renaissance/Lachrimae


John Dowland (1563-1626) – Complete Lute Works by the Master Paul O’Dette

Volume I

Almain For Lute, P 51 (00:00)
Pavana For Lute (02:29)
Mr Knights Galliard, P 36 (09:24)
My Lord Willobes Wellcome Home, P 66 (11:02)
Frogg Galliard, P 23A (12:22)
Fantasie For Lute, P 5 (15:53)
Lady Rich, Her Galliard, P 43 (18:13)
Lady Laiton’s Almain, P 48 (19:51)
Dream, P 75 (21:12) Galliard, P 104 (26:20)
Orlando Sleepeth, P 61 (28:01)
What If a Day, P 79 (29:28)
Winters Jomps, P 55 (30:55)
Galliard, P 35 (31:48)
Mr Giles Hobie’s Galliard, P 29 (33:29)
Dr. Cases Paven, P 12 (35:19)
Mellancholy Galliard, P 25 (40:14)
Galliard, P 27 (42:36)
Mistris Whittes Thingz, P 50 (44:24)
Go From My Window, P 64 (45:27)
Almain For Lute, P 49 (49:02)
Mistris Whittes P 56 (50:14)
Pavane For Lute, P 18 (51:15)
Galliard, P 30 (56:38)
Farewell Fantasia, P 3 (58:30)

Volume II

My Lady Hunsdons Puffe, P 54 (1:04:06)
Solus Cum Sola, P 10 (1:05:28)
Susanna Fair Galliard, P 91 (1:09:56)
Sir John Smith His Almaine, P 47 (1:11:46)
Robin, P 70 (1:14:14)
Galliard, P 22 (1:18:07)
Pipers Pavan, P 8 (1:19:50)
Pipers Galliard, P 19 (1:24:59)
As I Went To Walsingham (1:27:18)
Monsieur’s Almain (1:32:42)
Mrs Brigide Fleetwoods Paven, P 11 Solus Sine Sola (1:34:30)
First Galliard, P 20 (1:40:05)
Farawell, P 4 (1:41:30)
John Dowland’s Galliard, P 21 (1:45:03)
Aloe, P 68 (1:47:41)
Can She Excuse, P 42 (1:48:43)
A Coye Joye, P 80 (1:50:17)
Mrs Vauxes Gigge, P 57 (1:52:37)
Mrs Vaux Galliard, P 32 (1:53:32)
Sir Henry Guilford, His Almain (1:54:36)
Mignarda, P 34 (1:56:31)
Lachrimae Pavan, P 15 (1:59:58)
Galliard, P 26 (2:05:16)
Fantasia For Lute, P 1A (2:06:54)

Volume III

King Of Denmark, His Galliard, P 40 (2:10:44)
Mr John Langton’s Pavan, P 14 (2:13:36)
Mr John Langton’s Galliard, P 33 (2:19:36)
A Fancy, P 7 (2:22:16)
Pavan For Lute, P 16 (2:26:38)
Queene Elizabeth Her Galliard, P 41 (2:32:01)
Mrs Cliftons Allmaine, P 53 (2:33:09)
Lady Cliftons Spirit, P 45 (2:34:24)
Tarletones Riserrectione, P 59 (2:36:05)
Tarleton’s Willy, P 81 (2:39:30)
Fortune, P 62 (2:41:04)
Queenes Galliard, P 97 (2:43:31)
Wallsingham, P 67 (2:45:07)
A Galliarde On Walsingham, P 31 (2:49:56)
Dowland’s Adieu For Master Oliver Cromwell (2:51:49)
Ferdinando Earle Of Derby His Galliard, P 44 (2:57:20)
Lord Strang’s March, P 65 (2:59:51)
Mrs Nichols Almand, P 52 (3:01:25)
Forlorne Hope Fancye, P 2 (3:02:51)
Mr Dowland’s Midnight, P 99 (3:06:43)
Semper Dowland Semper Dolens, P 9 (3:08:30)

Volume IV

Preludium, P 98 (3:15:52)
A Fancy, P 6 (3:17:09)
Lachrimae, P 15 (3:20:02)
Galliard To Lachrimae, P 46 (3:25:26)
A Fantasia, P 71 (3:27:56)
An Almand, P 96 (3:33:38)
Pavana, P 94 (3:35:04)
Robert, Earl Of Essex, His Galliard, P 42A (3:42:17)
A Galliard – Upon A Galliard By Daniel Bachelar, P 28 (3:44:01)
My Lord Wilobies Welcom Home, P 66A (3:47:20)
The Shoemakers Wife In A Toy, P 58 (3:48:43)
The Lord Viscount Lisle, His Galliard, P 38 (3:49:51)
Coranto, P 100 (3:52:42) A Galliard, P 82 (3:54:46)
The Lady Russells Paven, P 17 (3:56:40)
Galliard – On Awake Sweet Love, P 92 (4:01:43)
The Frog Galliard, P 23 (4:03:31)

Volume V : Dowland’s genius had a pervasive influence on the music of English and continental lutenists in the early seventeenth century.  His lute music was imitated and parodied by a generation of prominent musicians.  The result is that excellent pieces written by others in the style of Dowland survive anonymously in various Elizabethan manuscripts.  Several of the works heard here are attributed to Dowland in the sources, but are unlikely to have been written by him.

A Fancy (4:05:32)
Pavana Dowlandi Angli (4:08:56)
Douland’s Rounde Batell Galyarde (4:14:18)
Pavin (4:15:54)
The Erle Of Darbies Galiard (4:21:28)
Mistris Norrishis Delight (4:24:18)
A Jig (4:26:02)
The Erle Of Essex Galliard (4:28:21)
Galliard (4:30:00)
Une Jeune Fillette (4:31:40)
Gagliarda (4:37:03)
Pavana Lachrimae (4:38:58)
Squires Galliard (4:45:00)
A Fancy (4:46:54)
Hasellwoods Galliard (4:52:48)
Sir Thomas Monson, His Pavin (4:54:26)
Sir Thomas Monson, His Galliard (5:00:33)
Almande (5:02:43)
Sir Henry Umptons Funerall (5:05:14)
Captayne Pipers Galliard (5:11:04)
A Fantasie (5:13:55)

Bonus : Tell me, true love (05:18:16)

Lute & Orpharion : Paul O’DETTE
Stéréo recordings in 1994-96, at Campion Center & Seiji Ozawa Hall, Massachusetts
Label : Harmonia Mundi

Classical Sunday: Purcell’s Funeral For Queen Mary

Purcell composed an anthem and two elegies for Queen Mary II’s funeral, his ‘Funeral Sentences’ and ‘Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary’.

Henry Purcell – Funeral For Queen Mary

Orchestra: The Sixteen
Direction: Harry Christophers

1. Man that is born of a woman
hath but a short time to live,
and is full of misery.
He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower;
he fleeth as it were a shadow,
and ne’er continueth in one stay.

2. In the midst of life we are in death:
of whom may we seek for succour,
but of thee, O Lord,
who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful Saviour,
deliver us not into the bitter pains
of eternal death.

3. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts;
shut not thy merciful ears unto our pray’rs;
but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty.

O holy and most merciful Saviour,
thou most worthy Judge eternal,
suffer us not, at our last hour,
for any pains of death, to fall from thee. Amen.


Henry Purcell, (1659, London – 1695, London), English composer of the middle Baroque period, is most remembered for his more than 100 songs, the miniature opera Dido and Aeneas, and his incidental music to a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, called The Fairy Queen.  He is said to have been the most original English composer of his time as well as one of the most original in Europe.


Classical Sunday: Buxtehude’s Seven Sonatas Op. 2

Performed by the Purcell Quartet

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707):  Seven Sonatas Op. 2

1. Sonata in B flat major, Op. 2/1, BuxWV 259
2. Sonata in D major, Op. 2/2, BuxWV 260 7:28
3. Sonata in G minor, Op. 2/3, BuxWV 261 19:24
4. Sonata in C minor, Op. 2/4, BuxWV 262 30:00
5. Sonata in A major, Op. 2/5, BuxWV 263 37:10
6. Sonata in E major, Op. 2/6, BuxWV 264 45:59
7. Sonata in F major, Op. 2/7, BuxWV 265 55:17

Performed by the Purcell Quartet.

In the video:  An Elegant Company Playing Music by Dirck Hals (1591-1656)

Featured an old engraving of the city of Lübeck, where Buxtehude died.  Today, the city lies in the northernmost German province of Schleswig-Holstein, but when Buxehude lived there, the Free City of Lübeck belonged to the Holy Roman Empire.

Classical Sunday: Bach’s Violin Concertos

Something rather well-known today. Enjoy.

J.S. Bach: The Violin Concertos

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Artists: Emmy Verhey (violin), Camerata Antonio Luco, Rainer Kussmaul (violin), Henk Rubingh (violin), Thomas Hengelbrock (violin), Amsterdam Bach (Soloists)

Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041:
00:00:00 I. Allegro
00:03:52 II. Adagio
00:10:23 III. Allegro

Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042:
00:14:22 I. Allegro
00:22:05 II. Adagio
00:28:47 III. Allegro assai

Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052:
00:31:42 I. Allegro
00:39:20 II. Largo
00:46:22 III. Presto

Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056:
00:54:14 I. Allegro
00:57:37 II. Andante
01:00:52 III. Allegro assai

Concerto for 3 violins, strings & b.c. in D Major, BWV 1064:
01:04:30 I. Allegro
01:10:23 II. Adagio
01:15:35 III. Allegro

Classical Sunday: Telemann’s Paris Quartets

Chamber music is on the menu today.

Georg Philipp Telemann: The Paris Quartets (Pariser Quartette)

1. Concerto Primo in G major 0:00
2. Concerto Secondo in D major 10:13
3. Sonata Prima in A major 20:52
4. Sonata Seconda in G minor 32:31
5. Première Suite in E minor 43:34
6. Deuxième Suite in B minor 1:01:45

Performed by the Freiburger BarockConsort.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767) was a largely self-taught German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist.  His contemporaries considered him to be one of the leading German composers of the time, and compared him favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to Georg Friedrich Händel, whom Telemann also knew personally.

The featured image shows the Telemann bench in the Polish town of Żary, located in the east of the historic Lower Lusatia region, in the borderland with the Silesian lowlands and Greater Poland, in other words, close to Germany’s eastern border.  Telemann lived and worked in Żary for four years, from 1704 to 1708.

Classical Sunday: Fux’s Kaiserrequiem

Johann Joseph Fux (1660 – 1741) was an Austrian composer and court musician of the late Baroque era.

Johann Joseph Fux: Kaiserrequiem

Vox Luminis & Scorpio Collectief

Vox Luminis:
Zsuzsi Tóth, Sara Jäggi, Elke Janssens, Maria Bernius – soprano
Barnabás Heygi, Jan Kullmann – alto
Olivier Berten, Robert Buckland – tenor
Matthias Lutze, Lionel Meunier – bass

Scorpio Collectief:
Veronika Skuplik, Stefano Rossi – violin
Johannes Frisch – tenor violin
Josue Melendez, Frithjof Smith – cornett, cornett muto
Simen van Mechelen, Claire McIntyre – trombone
Carles Cristobal – bassoon
Matthias Müller – violine
Kris Verhelst – organ

Recorded during Utrecht Early Music Festival 2014 on 7 September 2014 in TivoliVredenburg.

J.J. Fux was employed by three successive emperors, Leopold I, Joseph I and Karl VI.  Not sure for whom of the three he wrote this requiem, but Leopold I was surely the one among the three that supported music the most.

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