By Adolph Seidel, Arno Schneider, Athesinus Consort Berlin, Detlef Bratschke, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Elke Rutz, Gyorgy Bognar, Holger Speck, Jan Kobow, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Michael Volle, Reinhard Werner, Sophie, and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. By Christoph J. Drescher, Dietrich Buxtehude, Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn, Georg Forster, Johann Herm, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Eccard, Jonathan R. Brell, Martin Luther, Max Reger, Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, Sebastian N. Myrus, and Volker Jaekel. Country of Origin: Germany. Classical. CD (2 discs). Published by Carus Verlag (NX.CV83469).
For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation a collection of all 35 hymns by Luther is being released on a double CD for the first time. The Lutheran hymns in choral settings and chorale cantatas from the 16th century to the present day (including works by Praetorius, Scheidt, Bach, Mendelssohn, Jennefelt, and Schwemmer) are performed by the Kammerchor Stuttgart under the direction of Frieder Bernius and the Athesinus Consort Berlin conducted by Klaus-Martin Bresgott. These choral settings are complemented by chorale arrangements for organ. Margot Kassmann, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Markus Meckel, Judith Zander, and others have offered extensive liner notes with meditations on the selected hymns, and Johann Hinrich Claussen, Cultural Officer of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, has provided a knowledgeable forward.