O Felix Templum Jubila
Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music of the 14th century
Octo sunt passiones The Eight Vices of Humanity
Resurrexi Festive Medieval and Renaissance Vocal Music for Easter
Ecce Homo
Vidimus stellam
Missa Paschalis
Veni Creator Spritus
Ach lieb mit leydt
Requiem


O Felix Templum Jubila
Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music of the 14th century

This program offers a true firework of explosive melodies, flourishes, and breathtaking ornamentation, as well as passionate ballads, and intricately woven polyphony. The north Italian courts of the Visconti, Sforza, and Malteste secured the services of the most famous composers of the time: the cryptic poet-composer Jacopo da Bologna (1331-1360), the blind organetto virtuoso Francesco Landini (1335-1397), and the Flemish master Johannes Ciconia. This program reveals their new art of composition, the ARS NOVA, in full bloom.

Octo sunt passiones – The Eight Vices of Humanity

In 1549, artful three-part compositions were printed of the composer Caspar Othmayr entitled  „Octo sunt passiones”. Based on the wisdoms of the monk Evagrios Ponticos, and other Syrian patriarchs, the short Latin texts describe the human vices of gluttony, desire, stinginess, enmity, rage, laziness, pride, and the desire for fame. An antidote for each vice is then presented, by which to avoid or overcome the vice.

Ecce Homo

Gregorian Chant and Compositions of Ludwig Senfl and Don Carlo Gesualdo for the Lenten Season

Vidimus stellam

A 15th Century Mass for the Feast of Epiphany. Gregorian Chant, Medieval Organa, and Polyphony from Ludwig Senfl and Heinrich Fink

Missa Paschalis

Four-part music and chant from the Era of the Reformation. Music of Thomas Stoltzer und Ludwig Senfl in the form of a Mass

Veni Creator Spiritus

A Celebration of Pentecost. Gregorian Chant, Polyphony from Notre-Dame de Paris (1200), and from the Glogauer Liederbuch (1470)

Ach lieb mit leydt

Secular Vocal Music from German Song Collections around 1500

Requiem

Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria, Cristóbal de Morales, Johann Walter, and Jacob Obrecht