Four albums of works by composers from the 16th and 17th centuries, whose influence is still felt today in these beguiling performances:
Francisco Guerrero – Vespers for All Saints, Missa pro defunctis: A cappella Vespers and a Requiem Mass by Francisco Guerrero, the most widely known and respected composer in Spain during the second half of the 16th century. Performed by Chapelle du Roi under Alistair Dixon
Heinrich Biber – Mystery Sonatas for Violin and Continuo: A disc of the month for Early Music on it’s release, this 2CD release charts Biber’s meditive Mystery or Rosary Sonatas, composed to accompany 15 meditations on the life of Christ. Performed by Walter Reiter and Cordaria.
Jacobus Clemens non Papa – Behold, how joyful: Mass and Motets: One of the most prolific and celebrated composers of the 16th century, this collection of a mass and motets by Clemens non Papa (“not the pope”) was lauded by Early Music Review: “if you are unfamiliar with this repertoire, do buy this; it will change your life.” Performed by the Brabant Ensemble under Stephen Rice.
Orlande de Lassus – Lamentations Jeremiae Prophetae: During the last twenty years of his life, Orlande de Lassus was the most celebrated composer in Europe. Performed by Collegium Regale under Stephen Cleobury, the Sunday Times wrote that: “their luxuriant blend of voices is lavished on two large-scale works by Lassus, enveloping the listener in an indulgent cocoon of sound”
Buy all four for £20