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I acknowledge: Music on the Freiberg Cathedral Angel Instruments from 1594 / Albrecht Koch

Album Summary

>Fabricius, Albinius : Cantate dominum, for 6 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Ad te levavi, motet for 5 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Missa super mon cour se recomande
>Lechner, Leonhard : Si Bona Suscepimus
>Michael, Rogier : Te Deum laudamus, for 6 voices
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : O lux beata trinitas, motet for 6 voices
>Fabricius, Albinius : O Sacrum convivium, motet for 6 voices
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

At the suggestion of Freiberg's cathedral music director Albrecht Koch, CPO here releases sacred music from the Freiberg Latin School Library on Freiberg instruments from the time of this repertoire's composition (16th c.), thus rendering audible a practically unknown and forgotten sound world. The Te Deum of Rogier Michael, one of the leading Saxon chapel masters prior to Heinrich Schütz, is the concert's highlight. The program is complemented by more music collected and preserved in Freiberg.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013).



Reviews

Angelic Music from Freiberg
"Te Deum laudamus" presents a fascinating collection of music from the Freiberg Latin School. The school -- and the adjoining cathedral have a long and distinguished histroy daiting back to the early 1500's. By 1594 (the year this program is centered around) Freiberg was a thriving cultural center, attracting some of the best composers of the High Renaissance.

Included in this compilation is sacred music by Albinius Fabricius, Philippe Monte, Leonard Lechner, Rogier Michael, and Alfonso Ferrabosco d Elder. Each composer, in their own way, typify the music of the era. While counterpoint is paramount, one can hear the beginnings of major/minor harmonies supporting them.

Several of the works are sections from masses, interspersed with sacred and liturgical pieces. The chordae freybergensis, accompanied by the Ensemble Freiberger Dom-Music with authentic instruments present the music in a clear, straight-forward manner.

Although recorded in the Freiberg Cathedral, the performers are so tightly miked that there's virtually no room ambiance. And that's really my only complaint about the album.

Without the spaciousness of the cathedral to reinforce the sound and soften the edges with reverberation, the music has a starkness to it. And while it helps us hear the complexity of the counterpoint, I can't help but think it also removes an element the composers factored into their work.
Submitted on 09/12/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Fabricius, Albinius : Cantate dominum, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>de Monte, Philippe : Ad te levavi, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Missa super mon cour se recomande
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lechner, Leonhard : Si Bona Suscepimus
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Missa super mon cour se recomande
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Michael, Rogier : Te Deum laudamus, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Missa super mon cour se recomande
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : O lux beata trinitas, motet for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>de Monte, Philippe : Missa super mon cour se recomande
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Fabricius, Albinius : O Sacrum convivium, motet for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>de Monte, Philippe : Missa super mon cour se recomande
  • Conductor: Albrecht Koch
  • Ensemble: Chordae Freybergensis
  • Notes: Freiberger Domes (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance