An endless source of beauty
J.H.Schein’s 1623 madrigal collection ‘Israelis Brünnlein’
26 February 2021
If J.S.Bach is the sun for Collegium Vocale Gent, then the entire universe of the German Baroque is the ensemble's natural habitat. No grammar is so perfectly suited to Philippe Herreweghe as Luther's poetic and rhetorically charged legacy, which was eloquently expressed by numerous composers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Like Samuel Scheidt and Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630) was also able to capture the emotional power of modern Italian music in his works. Schein had not been to Italy himself, but had made the style his own by reading Ludovico Viadana's famous collection Cento concerti ecclesiastici and transferring it to his own German mother tongue.