Founded in 2001 by tenor Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane is a musical ensemble of lyrical and instrumental soloists dedicated to bringing the repertoire of great European vocal works to a wide contemporary audience. This disc focuses on settings of the Psalms of David in German by Heinrich Schütz, who had studied the Venetian polychoral style with Giovanni Gabrieli. Book 1, with 26 settings, was printed in Dresden in 1619 as his Opus 2, and the 10 performed here comprise a veritable symphony for voices and instruments, with most of them using the translations of Martin Luther.
"La Chapelle Rhénane's performances are zestful and subtly differentiated."—Gramophone