Spiritual Madrigals and Concerts
in Venice and beyond the Alp

Tuesday 18. 07. 2023 | 20.00 The Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints
Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 – Nové Město, 128 00
Without intermission


Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock
Unser Wandel ist im Himmel
Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Nisi Dominus
Carl Wolfgang Briegel (1626–1712)
Ach Herr, lehre doch mich
Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt
Ich habe dich ein klein Augenblick verlassen
Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611–1675)
Ach Herr wie ist meiner Feinde so viel
Ich lieg und schlafe
Giovanni Antonio Rigatti (ca 1613–1648)
Tota pulchra es
O suavissimum verbum
Michael Praetorius (1571–1621)
Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist
Christoph Bernhard (1628–1692)
Wie der Hirsch schreiet
and others


Magdalene Harer – soprano
Joowon Chung – soprano
Alexander Schneider – countertenor, artistic director
Johannes Gaubitz – tenor
Christopher Renz – tenor
Matthias Lutze – bass
Juliane Laake – violon
Klaus Eichhorn – organ


The German Ensemble Polyharmonique, performing in Prague for the very first time, will be “kissed” by the Muse of Hymn Singing and Choral Lyrics, Polyhymnia, under the vaults of the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Slavic Saints (the Emmaus Monastery). The other muse of the evening will undoubtedly be Italian music, which, in several waves, inspired the musical culture of the 17th century in the rest of Europe. The spiritual atmosphere of the Emmaus Monastery will draw the audience into the programme with its attractive dramaturgy and direct confrontation of Italian models with their echoes in Protestant Germany.

Heinrich Schütz, the most important pre-Bachian German composer, studied in Venice with Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi, who influenced him greatly. Although his Transalpine colleagues and followers never visited Italy, they completely adopted its musical styles. The captivating beauty of their spiritual concertos, motets and madrigals will grace the ceremonial opening of the 24th edition of the Summer Festivities of Early Music.

We offer a ticket to the concert for 100 CZK for students! For more information click here.


The Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints

Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 – Nové Město, 128 00

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Partners of the concert

The concert is held with the financial support of the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds.