In the afternoon, after the inaugural concert with two Bach cantatas in the next Musiktage concert, his art only in residual form in the form of Heinrich Schütz’s choral pieces? Totally not! If Theodor W. Adorno, who wrote this disrespectful assessment of Sagittarius’ music, had heard Ensemble Polyharmonique, he would have come to a different assessment – we want to admit it to him.
After all, the aforementioned statement comes from a text that deals with not only and not entirely kindly with the singing movement of the first half of the 20th century. Now this singing movement made a really decisive contribution to the revival of Heinrich Schütz’s music, but the performance of that time was, of course, far from what is interpretable today. It was also a musical movement for amateurs. About 100 years ago, it was almost unthinkable that highly qualified professional bands would once intensify this music.
Very inspired singing
But now, 350 years after Schützen’s death, there are bands like Polyharmonique that compose early baroque choral music with only one person per part. On the basis of a careful and skillful study of the aesthetics and form of this music, you will come to a way of singing these songs that is both historically informed and highly inspired from today’s perspective.
In the frequently visited crypt of the cathedral Ensemble Polyharmonique performed with Magdalena Harer and Joowon Chung, soprano, alto Alexander Schneider as primus inter pares, Christopher Renz and Johannes Gaubitz, tenor, Roland Faust, bass, Juliane Laake, violone, and Klaus Eichhorn, organ, between concerts in Belgium and Stralsund Station and sang the sacred madrigals of Schütz and his contemporaries and the students of Michael Praetorius, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Christoph Bernhard, Johann Vierdanck, Tobias Michael in 75 minutes of very intense and exciting minutes under the title “Heaven tells Schein and Johann ( for encore) Wolfgang Carl Briegel.
Great honor of Schütz
The team performed these extremely artistic, extremely valuable and expressive works in an almost sensational way. The poetic nature of this music, the art of interpreting words, has been realized in the best possible way through crystal clear diction and analysis of the polyphonic structure of the choral parts. But there was also a differentiation of sound and dynamics that was breathtaking. The richness of colors in a wonderful overall sound, the wealth of declamatory nuances and the sometimes weightless appearance of the lines created a magical attraction for the public in the essence of this art.
It was a great introduction to Schütz’s honor at the Cathedral Music Days.
The tried-and-tested Organ 3.0 series of the Music Days received a great response on Tuesday afternoon on the first of the two dates at the cathedral, as guests sat at all pews to hear the cathedral organist Markus Eichenlaub play the cathedral organ. Eichenlaub also gave a short introduction at the beginning and presented two songs from his half-hour program.
It began with a tribute to the second great musical jubilee of the year alongside Schütz, French-Belgian composer and organist César Franck, who was born 200 years ago. Already in June, the cathedral organist dedicated three concerts to Franck, and now he played the first of the three chorales again, the one in E major, which he arranged effectively and developed in all its tonal diversity.
The cycle of eight small pieces for organ op. The characteristic miniatures have a very different character and end with a monumental choral. Markus Eichenlaub successfully used this cycle, thus promoting his composer. The audience thanked with great applause for the short concert in the cathedral.
The first lunchtime concert will be held on September 21 at 12.00 in the crypt. Capella Spirensis performs Schütz’s “Little Spiritual Concerts”. At 21:00 in the monastery church of St. At 20.15 the artist will talk to the performers in the large choir hall at the House of Church Music. After the concert, enjoy a drink with “Speyerer Gedeck” (pretzel and wine), also in the House of Church Music.