Performers: The Choir of The Academy of Ancient Music: Joanne Andrews, Caroline Ashton, Tessa Bonner, Donna Deam, Helen Groves, Gill Ross, Sarah Pendlebury, sopranos; Sally Dunkley, Sarah Pendlebury, Graeme curry, David Gould, Peter Nardone, Richard Wyn Roberts, altos; Simon Davies, Andrew King, Stephen Harrold, Gerard O'Beirne, Tom Philips, Charles Pott, Paul Tindall, tenors; Edward Caswell, Julian Clarkson, William Clements, Michael McCarthy, Charles Pott, Richard Savage, basses.
The Orchestra of The Academy of Ancient Music: Andrew Manze, Peter Lissauer, violins; Alastair Mitchell, bass dulcian; Jeremy West, David Staff, Adrian Woodward, cornetts; Susan Addison, Peter Thorley, Stephen Saunders, Robert Goodhew, sackbuts; David Miller, chitarrone; Alastair Ross, chamber organ, Alison Crum, violone.
Playing time: 67'13"
Recorded December 27-29 1996, St. John's Smith Square, London
A very fine performance and recording of Schütz's Christmas music. Some instrumental pieces are interspersed, but since Schütz did not write any purely instrumental music, some works by Gabrieli, Weckmann, and Usper were selected. The Gabrieli canzoni are particularly appropriate, since Schütz was a pupil of Gabrieli, and in fact, received his ring upon the master's death in 1612.
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