The Muses of Zion

The Muses of Zion


Artist: Cambridge Bach Ensemble, Scott Metcalfe (director), Peter Sykes (organ)

Composers: Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Martin Luther, Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, Heinrich Schütz, Franz Tunder

Format: 1 CD


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Martin Luther's reforms changed the liturgy from a purely sacramental act into an occasion for proclamation, and in his view the divine gift of music had a special role to play in proclaiming the Word. Music in church was not ornament or diversion, but an essential part of worship; sacred music not only interpreted scripture in a manner of a sermon, but possessed the additional virtue that through music the meaning of the words was enhanced and the spirit of the listener moved to direct emotional acceptance of the Gospel: "Music is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her are all the emotions swayed," wrote Luther. The Reformation thus set the stage for a glorious era of liturgical music in Lutheran Germany which lasted until the death of Johann Sebastian Bach. This recording offers a small sample of this rich repertoire.

—Scott Metcalfe


1. Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt - Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Der Schwanengesang, 1671

2. Komm, heiliger Geist (chorale) - Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)
Cantional, 1627
3. Komm, heiliger Geist a 8 - Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Cantiones sacrae, 1620
4. Komm, heiliger Geist a 4 - Scheidt
Cantiones sacrae, 1620
5. Komm, heiliger Geist (organ solo) - Franz Tunder (1614-67) 

6. Da Jakob vollendet hatte - Schein
Israelis Brünlein, 1623
7. Selig sind die Toten - Schütz
Geistliche Chor-Music, 1648
8. Komm, Jesu, komm, bwv 229 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 

9. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (chorale melody) - Martin Luther (1483-1546)
10. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 4 - Micheal Praetorius (1571-1621)

Musae Sioniae V, 1607
11. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 6 - Praetorius
Musae Sioniae V, 1607
12. Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf - Johann Cristoph Bach (1642-1703)
13. Magnificat primi toni, buxwv 203 (organ solo) - Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
14. Gelobet seystu, Jesu Christ (organ solo) - Scheidt
Tablatur-Buch, 1650
15. Gelobet seystu, Jesu Christ a 8 - Scheidt
Cantiones sacrae, 1620

Total time: 62:23
Release date: 1997
UPC: 053479316820