Friday, August 20, 2010

Heinrich Schütz's Also Hat Gott die Welt Geliebt and Deutsches Magnificat Performed by Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Pinnacles of High Church Lutheranism performed in a jarringly low-chuch setting, the recent gathering of the Lutheran World Federation, last month's LWF Eleventh Assembly, in which communion is taken on the hand, not kneeling as was the pratice in the ecclesial community in which I was raised — The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. But that's not the worst of it. It might be better to close one's eyes and listen. The Reformer would be appalled.

Earlier posts of music from one of my favorite composers, the first of which I'd rank as the best piece of music ever posted on this blog* — Heinrich Schütz's Alleluja! Lobet den Herren, Performed by La Chapelle Rhénane, Directed by Benoît Haller and Heinrich Schütz's Der Herr ist mein Hirt Performed by La Chapelle Rhénane, Directed by Benoît Haller.

*Other than this piece, the video of which has been yanked — Claudio Monteverdi's Ave Maris Stella from His "Vespers of 1610" Performed by La Fenice Under the Direction of Jean Tubéry.

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