1/5.compatriot Schütz - who was born in Saxony in 1585, just 39 years after Luther died.

Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, SWV 380; Das ist je gewisslich wahr, SWV 388

Candimino Choir

Tauno Satomaa (conductor)

Wie wenn der Adler, SWV 434; Vier hirtinnen, SWV ANH 1

Weser Renaissance

Manfred Cordes (director)

The Christmas Story, SWV 435

The Evangelist....Paul Agnew (tenor)

The Angel....Ann Crookes (soprano)

Herod....Michael McCarthy

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor).


Schütz made two visits to Venice - to train with Giovanni Gabrieli, and learn more about the music of Monteverdi and Grandi.

Donald Macleod finds out how these visits influenced Schütz's own music.

Es Steh Gott auf, SWV 356

Nigel Rogers, Charles Daniels (tenor)

With the Purcell Quartet

Italian Madrigals, SWV 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 and 15

The Consort of Musicke

Anthony Rooley (director)

Symphoniae Sacrae 1, SWV 263-266

John Potter, Douglas Nasrawi (tenor)

With Concerto Palatino

St Matthews Passion, SWV 479

Hilliard Ensemble.


Schütz was Kapellmeister of the Elector of Saxony for 57 years.

Donald Macleod looks at what the 17th Century job entailed and the relationship Schütz had with his employer.

Nunc Dimittis, SWV 432

The Sixteen

Harry Christopher (director)

Psalm 98, 1 and 84 (SWV 35, 28 and 29)

Laurence Cummings (organ)

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Opus 12 Symphoniae Sacrae 3 - The Lord is My Shepherd, SWV 398; Mein Sohn, warum hast du uns das getan, SWV 401; Come Holy Ghost, SWV 417

Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino

Konrad Junghanel (conductor)

Der 100 Psalm, SWV 493

Tapiola Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier (conductor).


Schütz had the misfortune to live through Europe's Thirty Year War of 1618-1648.

Donald Macleod looks at the effect the war had on Schütz's life and music.

Dulcissime et Benignissime Christe Cantiones Sacrae, No 15, Op 4

Dreden Kreuzchor

Rudolf Mauersberger (conductor)

Syncharma Musicum, SWV 49

Weser-Renaissance Bremen

Manfred Cordes (director)

Da Pacem Domine, in diebus nostris, SWV 465

Dresden Kreuzchor and Capella Fidicinia

Rudolf Mauersberger (director)

Kleine geistliche Konzerte

Eile Mich Gott, SWV 282

Schaffe in mir, SWV 291

O süsser O freundlicher, SWV 285

Wann UNSRE Augen, SWV 316

Agnes Mellon (soprano)

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Peter Kooy (bass)

Collegium Vocale

Philippe Herreweghe (director)

Geistliche Chor Music

Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk, SWV 382

Ein Kind ist uns geboren, SWV 384

Herzlich lieb hab ich dich O Herr, SWV 387.

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Featuring part of the extraordinary setting Schütz made of the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, which constitutes his Swansong; and the beautiful funeral music he wrote for the ruler of Reuss, his Musikalische Exequien.

Symphoniae Sacrae 2, Op 10

Ich Danke Dir, SWV 347; Hutet euch, SWV 351; Freut euch des herrn SWV 367

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

James Bowman (alto)

Nigel Rogers (tenor)

Stephen Varcoe (bass)

The Purcell Quartet

Musikalische Exequien

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (director)

Der Schwangesang (Dsain und Chet), SWV 485; Deutsches Magnificat, SWV 494

The Tapiola Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier (conductor).