In honor of the 800th anniversary of the Schola Thomana Leipzig Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresdner Kammerchor present a complete recording of "Israelsbrünnlein" by Johann Hermann Schein, who was certainly the most important Thomaskantor prior to Johann Sebastian Bach. Israelsbrünnlein is the most significant motet collection in German music of the 17th century. Among the 26 pieces, composed in the "Italian-Madrigalische Manir" most of them are based on Old Testament texts, hence the name of the collection. Originally written for festive or solemn occasions, such as weddings, funerals or graduations, they unite madrigal style with the polyphonic art of sacred motets.
"... Carus has done itself proud here; highly recommended."
"...Rademann’s recording is to be recommended for his sensitive choral sound."
Brewer - American Record Guide - November/December 2012
"... this is a really lovely interpretation of Schein’s most important work."
J F Weber - Fanfare - November/December 2012
***** Highly Recommended
"...Rademann and his forces have a thorough grounding in this music ... and here give exemplary readings that are a constant delight as well as being a spiritually profound experience."
Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - November/December 2012