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This collection of Schein’s motets in the Italian madrigal manner is almost entirely of texts derived from the Old Testament. Published in 1623, a few years after he was appointed Thomaskantor at Leipzig, they remain among the most significant achievements of German music in the first half of the 17th century, only matched by the works of Schütz. Rademann and his forces have a thorough grounding in this music (they have made four recordings of Schütz) and here give exemplary readings that are a constant delight as well as being a spiritually profound experience.

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