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Heinrich Schütz   (1585 - 1672)

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Heinrich Schütz was the most important German composer of his generation, a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice and later of Monteverdi. He was a member of the court musical establishment of Landgrave Moritz of Hessen-Kassel, later entering the service of the Electors of Saxony in Dresden, employment interrupted briefly by work for the King of Denmark. Schütz lived at a period of great difficulty, and with other musicians suffered from the effects of the Thirty Years War.

Heinrich Schütz wrote a very large amount of church music, Cantiones sacrae and Symphoniae sacrae, the scale of which largely depended on the economic situation of the Dresden court chapel. His Christmas Oratorio exists in more than one version, and he also wrote three settings of the Passion, according to the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Luke and St. John, with a setting of the Seven Last Words. The church music of Schütz includes settings in German and in Latin. Schütz published his first set of Italian madrigals while he was studying in Venice with Gabrieli.

Source: Naxos.com

Live Dates

24/10/2011   Video: Schütz - Complete Narrative Works
View the video trailer from the recording sessions for Schütz: Complete Narrative Works with Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen
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19/04/2011   Special Easter download offer on Schütz passions
Get a 25% download discount on all four Schütz recordings with Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier!
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12/04/2011   A 'hair-shirt Easter treat'...
Discover why International Record Review descibes this release as "truly excellent performances" and a "hair-shirt Easter treat"
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01/04/2011   Hillier's Schütz in Choir & Organ
'You don't really know music until you've performed it in front of an audience', states the chief conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen
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29/03/2011   Paul Hillier's diary in GRAMOPHONE
As his Schütz series on Dacapo draws to a close, the chief conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen reveals the importance of story-telling in choral music
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18/03/2010   Diary and new video: Hillier and Schütz
In his online diary and in a new promotion video, conductor Paul Hillier tells the story of our highly acclaimed Schütz series.
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12/10/2012   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Deeply moving performances of some intriguing works."
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17/05/2012   Allmusic.com

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
5/5 Stars

"The performance of the Johannes-Passion here is exceptional. [...] with an emphasis on the sweetness of the solo voices and a gentle grouping of low instruments."
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05/04/2012   Audiophile Audition

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/5 Stars

"Hillier and his Copenhagen players are born to this music."
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09/06/2011   Klassik.com

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/4 Stars

"Im besten Sinne lässt der erfahrene Engländer erzählen - dramatisch, plastisch, lyrisch, entlang des fesselnden Passionsgeschehens."
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01/06/2011   BBC Music Magazine

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/5 Stars

"Well recorded, in warm acoustic, this is a worthy completion of Hillier's collection of all six of Schütz's narrative works."
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01/06/2011   Gramophone

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"Individual step-outs ensure that chanting is dramatically engaged and the consort singing is flawless."
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01/05/2011   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"The recording is almost superb"
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01/05/2011   Ritmo

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/4 Stars

"Esta nueva versión frente al conjunto Ars Nova de Copenhague contiene no menos virtudes, con un extraordinario Julian Podger como evangelista y un coro sobresaliente."
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01/05/2011   Klassisk

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/6 Stars

"En udgivelse af internationalt format"
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27/04/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/6 Stars

"Som et korrektiv til alle de overfladiske ting, der dominerer i samtiden, er det fremragende."
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12/04/2011   International Record Review

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"For the first time we have access to truly excellent performances of all three Passions"
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01/04/2011   David's Review Corner

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"Excellently performed and immaculately recorded, it will be an important release to those interested in this era."
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11/03/2011   Nomono

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"En skrap konkurrent til Bachs juleoratorium og påskekantater."
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25/02/2011   Fanfare

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Hillier, soloist Adam Riis, and the vocalists and players from the Ars Nova Copenhagen Schütz project are simply perfect."
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28/01/2011   Fanfare

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Singing and instrumental playing of great refinement and expressive intensity ... highly recommended."
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29/09/2010   Berlingske Tidende

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5/5 Stars

"Musikken skal lyde nøjagtig sådan. Med hverken for lidt drama eller for meget. Hvor smagfuldt."
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29/09/2010   Gramophone

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Schütz recordings of such ardent beauty are much too rare, so this is not to be missed."
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29/09/2010   Opera News

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Paul Hillier, as always, puts cogent storytelling on equal terms with musical values, eliciting dignified, sensitive and celebratory readings from Ars Nova Copenhagen."
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01/09/2010   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Lukas-Passion
"Set aside preconceptions and listen to Schütz' direct, honest, calm and altogether tidily persuasive Passion"
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01/09/2010   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Overall this is a disc which gives immense satisfaction and which is a great credit to Paul Hillier as director of both works"
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01/08/2010   Fono Forum

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
4/5 Stars

"Belegt die Bandbreite der Schütz'schen Klangsprache sehr schön."
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23/06/2010   Klassik.com

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Technisch, intonatorisch und klanglich wird zweifellos ein hohes Niveau geboten. Auch die beteiligten Instrumente unterstreichen das. Sie formen in der 'Symphonia' eine sehr schöne Klangsphäre, begleiten die Jesus-Worte geschmackvoll, dezent und ausgewogen."
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01/05/2010   Musik & Kirche

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
4/5 Stars

"Sehr warmen, geschmeidigen und doch tranparenten Gesamtklang."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Det er flot at Dacapo kan udgive denne serie med et dansk ensemble, der kan skabe en så sublim oplevelse."
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07/04/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
4 Stars

"Man kan ikke forestille sig noget mere ærligt og ægte...Ingen kan gøre det bedre end Ars Nova Copenhagen."
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09/03/2010   Aachener Zeitung

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"Schütz schlägt aus jedem Wort musikalisch kostbare Funken."
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09/02/2010   The Daily Telegraph

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Vocally first-rate, this is a disc on which solemnity and vitality coalesce."
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09/02/2010   Musikeren

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"En forrygende indspilning."
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02/02/2010   Diapason

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"Superbement dramatique."
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01/02/2010   BBC Music Magazine

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auerstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"The performance is first-rate throughout. A disc to cherish!"
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01/02/2010   International Record Review

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"This is an exceptionally well-recorded disc and Paul Hillier directs both works with obvious insight and affection"
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02/12/2009   Kristeligt Dagblad

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Årets bedste jule-cd. Det er sjældent at høre et værk hvile så meget i sig selv, og der er tale om udgivelse, der tjener de implicerede til ære."
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01/11/2009   Fanfare

Heinrich Schütz: Lukas-Passion
"Tenor Johan Linderoth is superb in the demanding role of the Evangelist"
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01/09/2009   Gramophone

Heinrich Schütz: Lukas-Passion
"Paul Hillier delivers a first-rate recording to launch a promising Schütz series"
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Discography

The Complete Narrative Works
The Complete Narrative Works
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.204035 (2011)

Box collection of Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen’s highly acclaimed recordings of all of Schütz’s passions and narrative oratorios from the late Renaissance.

Matthäus-Passion
Matthäus-Passion
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226094 (2011)

Paul Hillier and his Ars Nova Copenhagen conclude their series of early Baroque master Heinrich Schütz’ vocal treasury

Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226093 (2010)

Another set of stunning Baroque works in the third volume of ARS NOVA's and Paul Hillier's now hailed Schütz series

Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226058 (2009)

Two Masterly examples of the Early Vocal Baroque with Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier

Lukas-Passion
Lukas-Passion
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226019 (2009)

The intense rigour of Schütz’ music is in perfect hands with Paul Hillier


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