Schütz: Die Vögel unter dem Himmel (Sacred Choral Music)

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The massed voices of the 140-strong National Youth Choir revel in the magnificence of Schütz’s soaring lines, complemented by John Kitchen’s contributions on the powerful Rieger organ of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. Revered by his contemporaries as the ‘Orpheus of our time’, Schütz would never have heard his music performed by forces such as these and on such a scale – surely he would have been a strong advocate of this astounding aural experience. Kitchen’s solo contributions contextualise the choral music with organ works by Samuel Scheidt and other contemporaries of Schütz.

"On the whole the choral singing is admirably disciplined and contoured.The most impressive passages tend to be the fullest homophonic sections which close pieces;but "So I go to Jesus Christ" shows that the choir is also adept at music requiring lighter and flexible singing."


"choral singing of the very first rank"

"something very, very special ... superb music, brilliantly interpreted and well recorded"



Producer: Paul Baxter
Venues: St Alban the Martyr, London and Merton College Chapel, Oxford
Recording dates: 16-17 September 2006, 12-13 April and 4-5 August 2007
Release date: 28 April 2008
Catalogue No: DCD34043
Total playing time: 1:14:16

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