Recorded: 30/9, 1, 2, 3/10 - 1998, Ev.-luth. Warnfriedkirche, Osteel, Germany
Texts in Latin/German and English; Notes in English, French and German
Weser Renaissance Bremen: Soprano Gundula Anders; Alto Ralf Popken; Tenor Wilfried Jochens, Harry van Berne; Bass Stephen MacLeod; als Choralschola zusätzlich: Ernst Heinemayer, Manfred Cordes; Cornett William Dongois, François Petit-Laurent; Violin Veronika Skuplik, Elfriede Stahmer; Trombone Yuji Fujimoto, Thomas Ihlenfeldt; Dulcian Birgit Bahr; Chitarrone Thomas Ihlenfeldt; Positive Organ Manfred Cordes, Jörg Jacobi; Evers Organ Jörg Jacobi.
Hieronymus Praetorius (unrelated to the more famous Michael) (1560 - 1629) was, like his father Jakob, organist of the Jacobkirche in Hamburg, in his case from 1586 - 1629. The recording presents a hypothetical reconstruction of a Vesperservice for St Michael's day (29th Sep.) as it might have been performed around 1620. Praetorius contributed to early German adaptations of Venetian polychorality and left many organ works in the Visby tablature (Hamburg 1611). The largest work on the CD is the magnificat, which is performed by alternating chant, vocal polyphony and organ verses; a practice which might have been specific to northern Germany.
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