The music of Schein ought to be better known: he and his contemporaries Scheidt and Demantius tend to be unjustly overshadowed by Schütz. Israels Brünnlein is a collection of biblical Krafft-sprüchlein, translated by Capriccio as edifying texts, but more literally, powerful texts, composed in the manner of Italian madrigals, thus combining the Lutheran insistence on the primacy of the Bible with the appeal of Italian cultural developments which became such a strong influence on North European composers.
The Capriccio recording is complete where rival versions offer[ed] only selections…I shall turn to the Capriccio for completeness…
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