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DOR-93168

THE MUSES OF ZION

CAMBRIDGE BACH ENSEMBLE

DOR-93168 Cover  - 21634 Bytes Martin Luther's reforms changed the liturgy from a purely sacramental act into an occasion for proclamation, and in his view the divine gift of music had a special role to play in proclaiming the Word.   Music in church was not ornament or diversion, but an essential part of worship; sacred music not only interpreted scripture in a manner of a sermon, but possessed the additional virtue that through music the meaning of the words was enhanced and the spirit of the listener moved to direct emotional acceptance of the Gospel: "Music is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her are all the emotions swayed," wrote Luther.   The Reformation thus set the stage for a glorious era of liturgical music in Lutheran Germany which lasted until the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.   This recording offers a small sample of this rich repertoire.
- Scott Metcalfe

[  1] Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt - Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
      Der Schwanengesang, 1671

I PENTECOST
[  2] Komm, heiliger Geist (chorale) - Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)
      Cantional, 1627
[  3] Komm, heiliger Geist a 8 - Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
      Cantiones sacrae, 1620
[  4] Komm, heiliger Geist a 4 - Scheidt
      Cantiones sacrae, 1620
[  5] Komm, heiliger Geist (organ solo) - Franz Tunder (1614-67)

II MUSIC OF MOURNING
[  6] Da Jakob vollendet hatte - Schein
      Israelis Brünlein, 1623
[  7] Selig sind die Toten - Schütz
      Geistliche Chor-Music, 1648
[  8] Komm, Jesu, komm, bwv 229 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

III ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
[  9] Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (chorale melody) - Martin Luther (1483-1546)
[10] Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 4 - Micheal Praetorius (1571-1621)
      Musae Sioniae V, 1607
[11] Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 6 - Praetorius
      Musae Sioniae V, 1607
[12] Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf - Johann Cristoph Bach (1642-1703)
[13] Magnificat primi toni, buxwv 203 (organ solo) - Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
[14] Gelobet seystu, Jesu Christ (organ solo) - Scheidt
      Tablatur-Buch, 1650
[15] Gelobet seystu, Jesu Christ a 8 - Scheidt
      Cantiones sacrae, 1620



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