Heinrich Schutz (Schuetz) (1585 - 1672) was the most important seventeenth-century German composer who spanned the bridge between the Renaissance era (1440c - 1600c) and the Baroque era (1600c - 1750c). Not surprisingly, therefore, many of Schutz's choral passages sound (to my ear) like an extension of Gabrieli's majestic style, complete with splendid writing for brass, while his recitative passages, with their delicately accompanied narratives, point to the Baroque style refined by those who followed, especially Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750), who was born 100 years after Schutz.
With his blend of choral and recitative passages, Schutz essentially tells two biblical stories - Christ's birth and resurrection. This Dacapo CD of two of Schutz's most famous works is a welcome addition to the catalogs, because it combines on a single CD two of his most important compositions. Both works are available on other CDs, but (as far as I can ascertain) not together, as on this new CD. The choral passages are glorious, the soloists are excellent, and the accompaniments are beautifully performed. The recorded sound is crystal clear. Highly recommended!