Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler,
Sonnambula Viol Consort, Ensemble of Sacbuts and Cornett
Pre-concert lecture: Dr. Orly Krasner
Born exactly one century before the late Baroque masters Bach and Handel, Heinrich Schütz was recognized in his epitaph as “saeculi sui Musicus excellentissimus” (the most excellent musician of his time). In the early 1660s, Schütz began to prepare for his own death. He embarked on a setting of all 176 verses of Psalm 119; it was to be his Swansong or Schwanengesang, his final musical meditation on life, death, and life after death. The work, employing double choir throughout, is a revelation of masterful compositional skill and stunning beauty. The Choir is joined by an ensemble of viols, sacbuts, cornett and organ to present the work with a tapestry of color evoking the splendor of the Baroque period.