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Ave Maria, SWV334

author of text
after Luke 1: 28-32, 34-38

Schütz published his second set of Kleine geistliche Konzerte in 1639. Among the thirty-two ‘little sacred concertos’ in the collection is a charming Latin-texted Ave Maria for five voices, five instruments and continuo. The Annunciation story is presented as an intimate conversation between the angel Gabriel and Mary in recitative-like monodic style, known to the forward-looking composers Schütz had met in Italy as stile rappresentativo. Only rarely do the solo voices overlap, as Mary impatiently interrupts the angel’s long-winded speech. Their dialogue is sandwiched between short instrumental ‘symphonias’, and the work ends with a spirited chorus for concerted voices and instruments.

from notes by Harry Haskell © 2019


Schütz: The Christmas story & other works
Studio Master: CDA68315Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on CDA68315 [6'52]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68315 track 4

Recording date
27 January 2018
Recording venue
St Thomas's Episcopal Church, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
Andrew Walton
Recording engineer
Brian Losch
Hyperion usage
  1. Schütz: The Christmas story & other works (CDA68315)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: December 2019
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