By Bart Jacobs, Lionel Meunier, and Vox Luminis. By Andreas Hammerschmidt, Caspar Othmayr, Cesar Auguste Franck, Christoph Bernhard, Heinrich Schutz, Joachim A Burck, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann St, Johann Walter, Martin Luther, Michael Altenburg, Michael Praetorius, Paul Siefert, Samuel Scheidt, and Thomas Selle. Classical. CD. Naxos #RIC153. Published by Naxos (NX.RIC153).
This new release is devoted to the Lutheran liturgical repertory from Martin Luther himself to Heinrich Schutz. The first half of the release comprises compositions specific to the Lutheran liturgy: Deutsche Messe, Deutsches Magnificat, Deutsche Passion (the first German polyphonic Passion, by Joachim von Burck) and even a reconstruction of a Deutsches Requiem drawn from polyphonic works that set the same texts as those Brahms was later to use for his Deutsches Requiem. The second half presents a selection of motets arranged according to the liturgical calendar, from Advent to Trinity. These polyphonic pieces were written by a wide range of composers including Martin Luther, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Michael Praetorius, Joachim von Burck, Christoph Bernhardt, Heinrich Schutz, Thomas Selle, Melchior Franck, Caspar Othmayr, Michael Altenburg, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein and Johann Walter. The organist Bart Jacobs completes the programme with a few organ pieces by seventeenth-century composers.