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London, United Kingdom
In October Magnificat joins with The Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols and The Whole Noyse to perform Schütz’s Opus Ultimum, a monumental psalm setting that stands as a testament to his mastery of the marriage of text and music. Nowhere is Schütz’s debt to the Venetian polychoral tradition more evident than in this collection of double choir motets.Schütz asked his colleague at the Dresden Chapel, Constantin Christian Dedekind, to expand his work by adding instruments. It seems that Dedekind, rather than carrying out the master’s request, made his own setting of Psalm 119 which he published several years later. For Magnificat’s performances, artistic director Warren Stewart has drawn on his familiarity with the theory and compositional practice of the 17th Century to create a new ‘orchestration’ of Schütz’s masterpiece.
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Magnificat Baroque Ensemble
Magnificat is an ensemble of voices and instruments under the direction of Warren Stewart that specializes in the music of the Early Baroque. For twenty years Magnificat has explored the emotionally charged music of the 17th Century, each season bringing together an assembly of internationally recognized musicians to present unique and innovative programs that engage the senses and inspire the imagination. Magnificat has offered audiences the chance to hear many significant works by well-known figures of the 17th Century while also uncovering forgotten masterpieces, including many modern premieres. With dramatic flair and sensitivity to historical perspective context, Magnificat imbues each concert with an infectious joy and a delight in musical make-believe.