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Andreas Hammerschmidt is undoubtedly the most unjustly neglected composer of seventeenth-century Lutheran Germany. Very few recordings have been devoted to him, even though his music was widely published during his lifetime. The fifteen or so published collections offer a great variety of works, which, like those of his famous contemporary Heinrich Schütz, illustrate the fusion between the Lutheran polyphonic tradition and the various stylistic influences of the Italian Baroque. For this musical portrait of Hammerschmidt, Vox Luminis has drawn on several of these collections in order to offer as rounded a picture as possible of the variety of the composer’s styles. The entire programme is structured around texts for Passiontide and Easter, introduced by an intensely moving madrigalian motet on the death of Christ, Ach Jesus stirbt. 

 

"Altogether, this is the standout among the albums I have reviewed in a year."
Gramophone
"A must for all devotees of baroque vocal music."
MusicWeb International
"Yes, I know we are coming up to Advent and Christmas, so this disc is a little out of season, but when the music and its performance under Lionel Meunier is so good, it deserves to be listened to during any season of the year. "
MusicWeb International
"Vox Luminis has done the relatively unknown Hammerschmidt a great service by presenting such a compelling overview of his oeuvre. "
MusicWeb International
"Vox Luminis's sharing of their discovery of this composer is infectious – a magnificent recording in every sense. "
Choir & Organ
"Vox Luminis has done the relatively unknown Hammerschmidt a great service by presenting such a compelling overview of his oeuvre. "
MusicWeb International
"Another winning performance by Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier."
The Classic Review
"Vox Luminis has done the relatively unknown Hammerschmidt a great service by presenting such a compelling overview of his oeuvre. "
Musica dei Donum