Davon Ich Singen Und Sagen Will: Martin Luther Und

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 555098-2
Format: CD

Stötzel, Ulrich; Bach-Chor Siegen; Flaig, Markus; Mauch, Monika; Poplutz, Georg; Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble; Vitzthum, Franz; Vogt, Johannes; Giebelhausen, Nils; Hamann, Jens; Siedlaczek, Ina

Martin Luther’s self-description as an “insignificant and ungifted tenor” was modest to the extreme. Schooled in the artes liberales of his time, he had a command of music theory and composition, was a skilled lutenist, and had such a gifted voice that Hans Sachs termed him the “Wittenberg Nightingale.” Whether at table or in the liturgy, music belonged to his life and his faith. As so we are now setting out on a musical journey with top soloists, the Bach Choir of Siegen, and the Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble, all under the renowned music director Ulrich Stötzel, on this CPO release for the Luther Year 2017 featuring works by his friends and by composers active in his environment, with him, or shortly after his life: Werner Fabricius, Hans Neusiedler, Thomas Stoltzer, Heinrich Schütz, Johann Eccard, Michael Praetorius, Johann Sebastian Bach, and others. The four-part cantus firmus motet based on Psalm 118: 17 is even by Luther himself.

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