Splendors of the German Baroque

Featuring: soprano, violin, cornetto, 2 sackbuts, dulcian, violone, theorbo, organ

In this program Concerto Scirocco travels through different german regions of the Baroque Era, following the footsteps of most illustrious composers of that time. The musical history of this country is built around a north-south route : from Lubec (Buxtehude) to Freiburg (Hammerschmidt) through Wolfenbüttel (Rosenmüller), Merseburg (Pohle), Leipzig (Schein), Dresden (Schütz) and Würzburg (Rosenmüller), the musical life of the german Seicento reveals itself as full of incredible power and beauty. The musical style in Germany was strongly influenced by the Italian style, especially by the venetian school. Composers/travellers like Heirnich Schütz, who studied in Venice with Giovanni Gabrieli, contributed spreading the italian style in northern territories. But Italy was not the only muse for German composers: we find remarcables French influences, such as the Instrumental Suite or the Instrumental dances. The historical division between lutherans and catholics reflects itself also into german sacred music: the Concerto Sacro Form grows in lutheran courts and churches, abandoning Latin in favor of German language.

Johann Rosenmüller (1617-1684)                        Sinfonia III

Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)                 Nun danket alle Gott

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)                              Bringt her dem Herren

Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-1675)                 Pavana

Heinrich Schütz                                                Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

Andreas Hammerschmidt                                 Machet die Tore auf

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667)                   Capriccio in G

Samuel Scheidt (1585-1654)                               Bergamasca

Dietrich Buxtehude (1636-1707)                          Herr, wenn ich nur Dich habe

Andreas Hammerschmidt                                  Das Wort war Fleisch

Daniel Speer (1636-1707)                                     Sinfonia in a moll

David Pohle (1624-1695)                                      Canzona 23

Andreas Hammerschmidt                                   Herr, nun lässest Du deinen Diener

Photo @Susanna Drescher