Heart & Soul: Devotional Music from the German Baroque | Centaur Records CRC3426

Heart & Soul: Devotional Music from the German Baroque


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Label: Centaur Records

Cat No: CRC3426

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 6th July 2018



In this new album from Centaur, countertenor Ryland Angel, along with the Ars Lyrica Houston and organist Matthew Dirst, performs devotional music from the German Baroque by composers such as J.C. Bach, Becker, Krieger, Scheidt, Erlebach and Buxtehude.

In the time of J.S. Bach, religion in general and devotional music in particular were a far more embedded and important aspect of people’s everyday lives and the number of composers needed to meet the demands of the many church services was considerable. Heart & Soul: Devotional Music from the German Baroque, casts light on some of the more important but also more, varyingly obscure figures providing the music necessary.

Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston is an ensemble dedicated to high calibre, historically-informed performances of 17th- to 18th-century music. Since 2000 Houston’s classical music scene has expanded significantly; the organisation’s growing list of commercial recordings have earned a Grammy nomination and have brought international attention to Houston as an early music centre.

“His voice ... cradle one’s self in this delicious sound to imagine how the songs of the heavenly cherubs expressed similar enchantments.”
 – Opera Magazine

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