Four albums of works by composers from the 16th and 17th centuries, whose influence is still felt today in these beguiling performances:
Chapelle du Roi – Music for Philip of Spain: Phillip II of Spain died at first light on Sunday 13th September, 1598. Released in his 400th anniversary year this disc commemorates the death of this most catholic king with music associated with him during his lifetime, and with the sumptuous six part Requiem mass of Jean Richafort that may well have been used at his obsequiries
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