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The Valley of Tears (La Vallée des Pleurs) - works by Praetorius, Schutz, J.S. Bach / Theatre of Early Music; Schola Cantorum

Album Summary

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae VIII (Muses of Sion / Muses de Sion)
>Schütz, Heinrich : Musikalische Exequien (Funeral Music), for double chorus & continuo, SWV 279-281 (Op. 7)
>Praetorious, Michael : Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 165, "O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad" BWV 165
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Daniel Taylor is the founder and artistic director of the Theatre of Early Music, an ensemble of sought-after interpreters of magnificent yet neglected choral and instrumental repertoire from four centuries. The TEM, along with Schola Cantorum, both ensembles conducted by Daniel Taylor, presents their new album, The Vale of Tears. Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schutz, the most striking composition by the most important German composer of the 17th century and the cornerstone of this album, is a masterpiece of 17th century liturgical music. State of ecstasy!

Gramophone
Beauty of his voice will stop you in your tracks.

Globe and Mail
He his rising in the operatic firmament as fast as the speed of sound.

BBC Music Magazine
Emma Kirkby at her most serene is matched by Taylor as if they were two faces of a single musical entity... this is a disc not to be missed.

Allmusic.com
Daniel Taylor's breath control is exemplary, often effortlessly taking only a single breath over astonishingly long legato lines. His approach to the piece is gentle, with pure-toned pianissimos and floating cantilenas exuding a kind of exquisite despondence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Humbercrest United Church, Toronto (On) (04/2014).



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Works Details

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae VIII (Muses of Sion / Muses de Sion) :: Hört auf mit Weinen und Klagen (Stop crying and
  • Conductor: Daniel Taylor
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Early Music
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Schütz, Heinrich : Musikalische Exequien (Funeral Music), for double chorus & continuo, SWV 279-281 (Op. 7)
  • Performers: Isaiah Bell; Alexander Dobson; Ellen McAteer; Rufus Müller; Geoffrey Sirett; Agnes Zsigovics
  • Conductor: Daniel Taylor
  • Running Time: 32 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Praetorious, Michael : Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
  • Conductor: Daniel Taylor
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 165, "O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad" BWV 165
  • Performer: Agnes Zsigovics
  • Conductor: Daniel Taylor
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 06/16/1715