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La Capella Ducale: Schütz – Dafne (FLAC)

La Capella Ducale: Schütz - Dafne (FLAC)
La Capella Ducale: Schütz – Dafne (FLAC)

Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Magdalene Harer, Marie Luise Werneburg, David Erler, Georg Poplutz, Magdalena Podkoscielna, Tobias Hunger, Joachim Höchbauer, La Capella Ducale
Orchestra: Musica Fiata
Conductor: Roland Wilson
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: CPO
Catalogue: 555494-2
Release: 2022
Size: 478 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Dafne (Reconstr. R. Wilson)
01. Intrada
02. Ihr sterblichs Volck d’ ich nit sterblich bin
03. Hinter diesem Schatten hier
04. Was suchet jhr
05. Es ist die Spur deß Hirschen ja für mir
06. Was gilt’ s ich habe dir den stoltze Muth gebrochen
07. Bleib, Nymfe, bleib, ich bin dein Feind ja nicht

Dafne by Heinrich Schütz: a phoenix rises from the ashes.

The first and presumably only performance of the opera Dafne took place in Torgau on April 13, 1627, as part of the festivities celebrating the marriage of the Saxon Duchess Sophie Eleonore and the Hessian Landgrave Georg II. Although the libretto by Martin Opitz appeared in print, virtually nothing of the music has survived. At first glance, the reconstruction of an opera whose music has not survived appears to be a daring undertaking. In fact, however, there are many clues to the structure of the work, so that it was possible to produce something that, although not identical to the original, is very close to it.

In all, there are a dozen mostly secular works by Schütz in the present reconstruction by conductor Roland Wilson, making up about half of the entire opera. Says Wilson himself, “you’ll hear some glorious pieces by Schütz and his contemporaries that you probably never would have listened to otherwise”.

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