Advent Calendar Day 12: Meine Seele Erhebt Den Herren (Schütz)

Time for a Magnificat after all this penitence, don’t you think?  And you can always rely on Schütz for something gorgeous.

I’ve never sung anything by Schütz, and I very much want to – I love his brightness and Renaissance feel.  Apparently, he’s one of those composers who doesn’t get sung in English speaking countries but is known to anyone who has sung in a German choir for more than about five minutes.  We English speakers need to fix this!  I discovered him via his gorgeous Rorate Coeli a couple of Advents ago, and I still think that’s one of the most beautiful pieces of church music I’ve heard in some time.

And how good is Marzena Lubaszka?  I love her effortlessness in this music, and the way she echoes into the distance when the rich are sent empty away…

(if you are wondering what the words would be in English, you can find them here.  This is Mary’s song at the Annunciation, which is why it belongs in Advent)

… I’m sorry.  I would like to write more, but I sprained my finger yesterday, and typing is quite painful.  You will have to provide your own commentary of delight…

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