Orchestra of the 17th Century: Schütz - Psalm 150




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Published on Jul 2, 2008

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) - "Alleluia! Lobet den Herrn" SWV 38 (Psalm 150; Psalmen Davids, 1619)
Orchestra of the 17th Century, Washington D.C. (Period instrument ensemble)
Michael Holmes, music director
with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble
Soloists and voices of Carmina, Vera Kochanowsky, dir.

Alleluia! Lobet den Herrn (SWV 38)

German text:

Lobet den Herren in seinem Heiligtum,
lobet ihn in der Feste seiner Macht.
Lobet ihn in seinen Taten,
lobet ihn in seiner großen Herrlichkeit.
Lobet ihn mit Posaunen,
lobet ihn mit Psaltern und Harfen.
Lobet ihn mit Pauken und Reigen,
lobet ihn mit Saiten und Pfeifen.
Lobet ihn mit hellen Cymbalen,
lobet ihn mit wohl klingenden Cymbalen.
Alles was Athem hat, lobe den Herrn. Alleluja!

English translation:

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with crashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

About the performers:

The Orchestra of the 17th Century ("O17"), directed by its founder Michael Holmes, is dedicated to the exploration and promotion of music from the century that saw the birth of the modern notion of the "orchestra." Since there was no standardized orchestra for most of the 17th century, each performance by O17 is a unique experience in instrumental color. Its audiences hear groups that feature a variety of wind instruments such as cornetts, sackbuts, curtals, shawms, and recorders, as well as performances that feature the more familiar large string group with continuo. O17 is now in its eighth season of its existence and still striving to produce more unique and fascinating programs otherwise difficult to produce due to the specialized use of period instruments. One of the subsets of O17 is the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, North America's premiere ensemble of its kind. Another subset is the Ensemble Stylus Luxurians. O17 released its first CD recording of Roman and Venetian music in the Fall of 2004, in collaboration with the Choir of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

Contact: musicdirector@uucss.org


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