Classical Album of the Week
His name is Pablo Heras-Casado.
The 37-year-old son of Granada, Spain is widely regarded as one of the brightest, most luminous stars of the young conductors right now. On this week’s Classical Album, he leads the Balthasar-Neumann Choir and Ensemble with music by Jacob, Hieronymus and Michael Praetorius.
“Come, come, my beloved, let us go forth into the garden; let us see where the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my love. Behold, thou art fair, my love, and my desire is toward thee..”
These passionate lines are texts from the Old Testament and are among the songs on Praetorius, whose title honors one of the most significant composers of the 17th century, German organist and music-theorist Michael Praetorius.
Born February 15, 1571, Praetorius was one of the most versatile composers of his age, being particularly significant in the development of musical forms based on protestant hymns.
After receiving his musical training, he served as organist at the historic Marienkirche parish in Frankfurt, and later as both organist and conductor at the court of the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. He died on his 50th birthday in 1621 and is buried under the organ in the Marienkirche.
On this week’s Classic Album you hear the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble and the Balthasar-Neumann-Choir perform this beautiful, heavenly and lively music by three of this era’s most significant composers: Jacob, Hieronymus and Michael Praetorius.
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