In 2012 SWV officially reunited on record, with their fourth studio album I Missed Us. A smart update of the group's earlier work, the album was well received by fans and critics, debuting at number six on the R&B charts and earning a Grammy nod for Best Traditional R&B Performance. The album also earned the group a nomination for a Soul Train Award for Best Independent R&B Soul Group that same year. In 2014, all three members of SWV starred in the reality TV show SWV Reunited, which followed the three members behind the scenes through their reunion tour, and the recording process of a new album. That album is the forthcoming Still, finally set for release February 5th, 2016 via Mass Appeal Entertainment/Entertainment One Music. The project s first two singles, MCE and Ain t No Man, are out now. Profound in impact, strong and resilient in relevancy, SWV is here to stay. The group s influence can be seen and heard throughout multiple generations, and its place in history continues to be cemented tenfold.
"A landmark recording." ~Early Music Review / "If you have just come into the market for this musical subtlety, I urge you to go for Cordes." ~Fanfare
The box contains a perfect overview of VIVARTE’s legendary catalogue of ancient music ranging from Vivaldi to Brahms. Most of the recordings received critical acclaim all over the world, many of them won prestigious awards and many are reference recordings.
VIVARTE is the legendary Sony Classical period music label known for producing outstanding recordings on period instruments. The recordings by legendary producer Wolf Erichson are done with the best recording technologies and by one of the best production teams in the world (Tritonus Music Production, Stuttgart). The label started producing when Sony Classical was founded (in 1989). The production came to a standstill recently when Wolf Erichson retired and DHM became the new label of period music within Sony Classical. Among the outstanding artists which recorded for Vivarte are: Anner Bylsma, Gustav Leonhardt, Jos Van Immerseel, Tafelmusik, Huelgas Ensemble and others.
"This new SACD by the Hymnus Choirboys of Stuttgart and Musica Fiata demonstrates how Schütz worked with opulent Italian impressions while serving as court chapel master in Dresden and employs the finest 2+2+2 technique to transport lavish sound and Venetian grandezza straight to you in your living room…" ~prestoclassical
In spite of the decline of the Saxon Hofkapelle, Schütz produced more collections, with which his reputation reached its height in Germany and northern Europe: the collection of motets Geistliche Chormusik (Dresden, 1648) and the third volume of Symphoniae Sacrae (1650), again based on German texts and with which he intended to end his career as Kapellmeister. This was however not to be, and it was only under the young Elector Johann Georg II that Schütz was finally granted his wish to retire.
"Il Primo libro di Madrigali", Venedig, 1611, at Gardano
In a memorial from 1651, Heinrich Schutz gave an account of his life, retracting the formative years in Venice from 1609 when he began to "study music with the utmost diligence. With the help of God I attained such fame that after three years (one year before I left Italy for home) I had my first little piece of music printed in Italian, earning extravagant praise from the most distinguished musicians in Venice…"