Hieronymus Praetorius: Motets in 8, 10, 12, 16 & 20 Parts
His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Stephen Farr (organ)
David Skinner (director)
The large-scale works of Hieronymus Praetorius (1560–1629) owe much to the great polychoral tradition mastered by Hans Leo Hassler and the great Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli. Hieronymus does not disappoint with his vivid expression of texts, intricate counterpoint, and sumptuously sonorous and inventive harmonies: this is Northern Germany’s noble response to the Italians, and to the Roman Counter-Reformation.
The programme displays his creativity and ingenuity across a number of compositional forms, from the grand polychoral works (performed here with various combinations of cornetts and sackbuts with organ continuo) solo choir and instrumental items, to plainchant alternatim featuring the great historical organ at Denmark’s Roskilde Cathedral.
This is the first release on the new Inventa Records label - both a specialist early music label and new home for the award-winning consort Alamire.