Recorded: January 1995
Texts in German and English; Notes in English, French and German
Leonhard Lechner was born in Tyrol in 1553 and, after spending a period in Munich where he was taught by Lassus, became court music director to Count Eitelfriedlich von Hohenzollern in Hechingen after a spell in Nuremberg. Later on, after religion inspired conflicts he moved to the Württemberg court. His 1577 collection "Newe Teutsche Lieder" used mostly older texts but musically shows some Italian and French influences being assimilated into Germany. The songs were of a mixed nature, sacred and secular living next to each other. Aimed at the well-off patrons of music in Nuremberg, they apparently gained little circulation outside that town and were quickly forgotten.
Weser Renaissance Bremen: Mona Spägele - Soprano; Detlef Bratschke - Alto; Andre Cats, Martin Post - Tenor; Rein de Vries - Bass; William Dongois - Cornett; Ole - K. Andersen, Cas Gevers, Henning Plumeyer - Trombone; Thomas Ihlenfeldt - Lute; Manfred Cordes - Trombone, Organ and Direction.
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