Renaissance am Rhein, Singer Pur
(released on November 16, 2010)
Oehms OC 820 | 66'39"
Limiting itself to the stretch of the Rhine from Aachen to the Netherlands, the group put together this program of little-known music from the 16th century (some possibly from the early 17th). Lassus is the only name you are likely to recognize, represented by a single piece, O mors, quam amara, in a version copied down in an Aachen choirbook. Far less familiar composers include Petit Jean de Latre, Nicolaus Zangius, Andreas Pevernage, Konrad Hagius, Johannes de Cleve, Jean de Castro, Johannes Mangon, and Martin Peudargent, that last one a wonderfully appropriate name for a musician. The music includes examples of complex Catholic polyphony (settings of the Salve regina and other traditional Gregorian texts, in alternatim and other types of arrangements -- Petit Jean de Latre's Qualis est dilecta mea is one of new favorite Marian motets), alongside more somber Protestant homophony (like Oh Herr dein Ohr mit gnaden) and decidedly non-sacred chansons and humorous songs (the German texts not so helpfully not translated into English in the booklet). Not a must-have disc, but worthy performances of repertory worth hearing.