Pamela Dellal, mezzo soprano


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Motet Notes

Heinrich Schütz: "Auf dem Gebirge," SWV 396 - Geistliche Chormusik

Auf dem Gebirge is perhaps the most impressive of the instrumentally accompanied works in the Geistliche Chormusik. Two high tenors lie on top of an ensemble of low intstruments. The opening in particular with its echo effects has an emotional connection to the horrifying story of Herod's infanticide. The contact and repetitious counterpoint in an ingenious portrayal of the inconsolable Rachel.

©John Harbison