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With this release, Hans-Christoph Rademann brings to a close his 20-volume edition of the complete recordings of Schütz. It’s a marvellous achievement which has taken over a decade, and all involved deserve our warmest congratulations, not least Rademann himself. Volume 20 comprises nine psalm settings in addition to ten miscellaneous vocal works, all of which sustain the high musical standards of previous volumes. Amazingly, there are still discoveries to be made, among which is the premiere recording of Trostlied, an intimate a cappella choral piece composed to mark the death of the four-month-old son of a friend. It’s highly personal and direct – the humanity of Schütz reaching out to his friend in 1647 and to us across the intervening centuries. It makes a fitting conclusion to the entire series and this comprehensive survey of 17th-century Germany’s most significant composer.

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