Schutz: Motets from Cantiones Sacrae - Niedersachsischer Singkreis/Willi Trader
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KHCD-2012-014 (STEREO) - Schutz: Motets from "Cantiones Sacrae" - Niedersachsischer Singkreis, Hannover/Willi Trader - Heinrich Schutz published his Cantiones Sacrae in Dresden in 1625, designating them as his Opus 4. At the time of their publication, Germany was in the midst of the terrible Thirty Years War, which caused widespread suffering and created intense hatred between Catholics and Protestants. Schutz, although a devout Lutheran, dedicated this great collection of motets to a Catholic prince, Baron Hans Ulrich of Eggesnburg. The Cantiones Sacrae, then, were probably intended as a gesture of peace in those troubled times, a hope for ecumenical understanding transcending the bonds of specific devotional practices. 16 of the 40 motets in the collection are sensitively performed by the Niedersachsischer Singkreis, Hannover, conducted with authority by Willi Trader, from a Canadian pressing Nonesuch LP originally recorded by the German label Camarata. Produced by customer request.