Festal Sacred Music of Bavaria
In this elegant and imaginative contribution to the four hundredth anniversary of the death of Lassus, the music of the ''divine Orlando'' (as the French poet Ronsard called him) is heard alongside works by his younger contemporaries. The chosen setting is not the Bavarian ducal chapel at Munich, but Augsburg Cathedral round the turn of the sixteenth century. Both the Protestant Hans Leo Hassler and the Catholic Christian Erbach worked in that city under the patronage of the immensely wealthy Fugger dynasty whose members acted as finance ministers to the duchy throughout the period. The two composers are audibly indebted to the Venetian school: their choral works, organ toccatas and instrumental canzonas adhere to the patterns set by the Gabrielis.
The programme presents the music in its liturgical context: the movements of Lassus's oft-recorded