Though less well known than his namesake Michael, Hieronymus Praetorius was part of a German musical dynasty, and as organist at Hamburg’s Jacobikirche he was one of the city’s most important cultural figures. So it is remarkable that his magnificent mass for Holy Week, the Missa Tulerunt Dominum meum, has until now remained unrecorded.
Here, some four hundred years after it was first performed, Siglo de Oro present it as it might have been heard in seventeenth-century Hamburg, weaving in motets for Easter from some of Praetorius’s most gifted contemporaries. Bavarian Hans Leo Hassler, Netherlandish Orlande de Lassus, Venetian Andrea Gabrieli, and the itinerant Jacob Handl – each lends a motet to complement the unfolding liturgical journey, from the quiet solemnity of Maundy Thursday through to the exultant joy of Easter Day.
"It’s hard to resist. Here is a choir in which all the elements are held in perfect equilibrium. Patrick Allies ponders every note before moulding lines whose suppleness in turn coalesce into breathing, organic whole…A beautifully recorded, aristocratically executed disc. Siglo de Oro has struck gold!"
"Siglo de Oro’s members sing with passion and refinement."
Recording venue(s): Merton College, Oxford
Recording dates: 6-8 September 2017
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 12
Total playing time: 59:27
First UK release date: March 23, 2018
Album ID: DCD34208