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Heinrich Schütz: A German in Venice

David de Winter and the Brook Street Band

David de Winter tenor, Rachel Harris, Kathryn Parry violinsTatty Theo cello, Carolyn Gibley harpsichord

One of the key German composers before Bach with more than 500 surviving individual pieces, Heinrich Schütz wrote mainly church music, apart from an early book of madrigals. He wrote the first Requiem in German and, later in life, a number of a cappella Passion settings.

Although he lived most of his long life in Germany, in his twenties Schütz made two visits to Venice. The first was between 1609 and 1613 when he was taught by Giovanni Gabrieli; and the second in the late 1620s to meet and possibly study under Monteverdi. The two trips greatly influenced Schütz’s music as he absorbed and began to combine the ornate and theatrical Venetian style with the more understated Lutheran tradition in which he grew up.

This concert commemorates the 350th anniversary of Schütz’s death, exploring his solo cantatas alongside examples of the brilliant and virtuosic Venetian style.

Heinrich Schütz: Exultavit cor meum; Herr unser Herrscher; Lobet den Herrn; Cantabo Domino in vita mea; Paratum cor meum; O süsser, O freundlicher; Ich werde nicht sterben; Ich danke dir, Herr

Alessandro Grandi: Decantabat populus Israel; Lauda Sion Salvatorem

Giovanni Felice Sances: Stabat Mater

Claudio Monteverdi: Confitebor tibi Domine

Pietro Francesco Cavalli:  O quam suavis est

Salamone Rossi: Sonata quatro sopra l’aira di Ruggiero;  Sonata ottava sopra l’aira E tanto tempo hormai

Programme Notes (also available at the concert free of charge)


©2021 by David de Winter

David de Winter is mainly known as an interpreter of Baroque and Renaissance music, although his repertoire spans over 900 years, from 11th century to present day. Recent performing highlights include Acis & Galatea with The Early Opera Company and Handel’s Messiah in Hereford Cathedral.

“de Winter was effective at injecting a personal, lyrical and contemplative element into the drama…singing with his eyes, not just his beautiful voice” Nottingham Post

"The musical performance is impeccable, with thoroughly stylish singing from … David de Winter" George Hall, The Stage 


The Brook Street Band takes its name from the London street where composer George Frideric Handel lived from 1723-1759. Formed in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo, the Band have rapidly established themselves as one of the UK’s leading Handel specialists. They regularly broadcast for BBC Radio 3.

“ …a winning mix of vitality, warmth and expressiveness…a riveting performance which varied between affecting simplicity and visceral excitement…” The Strad Magazine

“If ever there was an example of why chamber music should be heard live, this was it, especially when performed so expertly and with such evident enjoyment”  Salisbury Journal



Fri 7 Oct 2022 8.00pm

Little Missenden Church

£25, £18, £10

David de Winter sings 'Nigra Sum' from Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610