The debut recording of classically trained Swiss clarinetist Hans Koch’s jazz trio with bassist/cellist Martin Schutz and drummer Marco Kappeli, Acceleration is not a shy blip in the fascinating potpourri of ECM’s 80s period, by which time Koch’s formidable outfit had left its footprints in standard territories before branching out here with a set of nine originals. Into this, the shivering cello and pointillist rims of “Shy Csardas” provide a fitting point of entry. Like an opera overture these sounds recede as quickly as they rise, making way for the clarineted protagonist whose introductory aria secures a tether of human folly to the romantic sentiments that follow.
"This new SACD by the Hymnus Choirboys of Stuttgart and Musica Fiata demonstrates how Schütz worked with opulent Italian impressions while serving as court chapel master in Dresden and employs the finest 2+2+2 technique to transport lavish sound and Venetian grandezza straight to you in your living room…" ~prestoclassical
"A landmark recording." ~Early Music Review / "If you have just come into the market for this musical subtlety, I urge you to go for Cordes." ~Fanfare
Heinrich Schütz was a German composer and organist, generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi…
This particular St. Matt is constantly being reissued on one budget label or another, and for good reason: it happens to be superb. The Schutz SAINT MATTHEW PASSION is a fairly austere vocal work, light years distant from the familiar Bach version you may know and love. But it's the stark beauty of the Schutz vision that I admire and enjoy; it is reverential, as it should be, devotional, a tad bleak, yet utterly compelling. It tends to make one immediately introspective. Should you have any leanings at all towards experimenting with baroque vocal music, I would avidly suggest hearing Schutz; and the price of the CD precludes hesitation.By Melvyn M. Sobel "Melvyn M. Sobel" (Freeport, New York)
In spite of the decline of the Saxon Hofkapelle, Schütz produced more collections, with which his reputation reached its height in Germany and northern Europe: the collection of motets Geistliche Chormusik (Dresden, 1648) and the third volume of Symphoniae Sacrae (1650), again based on German texts and with which he intended to end his career as Kapellmeister. This was however not to be, and it was only under the young Elector Johann Georg II that Schütz was finally granted his wish to retire.