Recorded: 14-19 / 9 / 1999, Kirche St. Cosmae et Damiani, Stade, Germany
Texts in Latin/German and English; Notes in English, French and German
Weser Renaissance Bremen: Soprano Susanne Rydén, Clementine Jasdinsky; Alto Ralf Popken; Tenor Harry Geraerts, Harry van Berne; Bass Harry van der Kamp; Cornett William Dongois, Bernd Schleyer; Violin Christine Moran, Elfriede Stahmer; Trombone Yuji Fujimoto, Matthias Sprinz; Dulcian Birgit Bahr; Chitarrone Thomas Ihlenfeldt; Positive Organ and Organ Jörg Jacobi; Huß/Schnitger Organ Martin Böcker.
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), successively organist to Octavian Fugger in Augsburg (1586-1601), director of town musicians and town organist in Nuremberg (1601-1607), and chamber organist to the Prince Elector in Dresden (1607-1612), was one of the composers to introduce Venetian polychoral techniques (he studied for two years in Venice) into the polyphonic Netherlandish tradition in Germany. Similar to e.g. Michael Praetorius his compositions generally do not prescribe a precise instrumentation; rather, they suggest possibilities. Many vocal works by Hassler are found in organ tablatures throughout Germany, and he exercised some influence on organ building during his lifetime.
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