Little is known of the life of Paschal de L'Estocart, the French composer of the late Renaissance who was roughly a contemporary of Claude Le Jeune (1528 -1600). He seems to have been sympathetic to the Protestant Reformers – he spent considerable time in Germany and his music was published in Geneva – but later in life he applied unsuccessfully to the French King for a position at an abbey. His collection of psalms and motets, Sacrae Cantiones, 16 of which are recorded here, are mostly in French, along with several in Latin, and was dedicated to Calvinist Count Palatine Johann Casimir in 1582. This collection also includes his Ode in 12 parts, set to religious texts in French. L'Estocart's music is typical of late Renaissance polyphony, eclectic in its use of a cantus firmus, imitative counterpoint, and homophonic writing, with an unusually free use of dissonance. The French mixed a cappella ensemble Ludus Modalis, led by Bruno Boterf, specializes in music of this era and sings with passion and authority.
Kanstantsin Yaskou is a belarusian composer of mostly chamber and piano works that have been performed in Europe.
K. Yaskou studied composition with Viktor A. Voytik and conducting with Nikolay Kolyadko at the Belarusian Academy of Music in Minsk from 2001–06, where he graduated with a diploma. He then had post-graduate studies in composition there with Viktor A. Voytik from 2006–08. In addition, he studied composition with Aleksander Lasoń at the Academy of Music in Katowice in 2008, on a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Polish government.
A companion to Jan Lehtola’s previous recording of Kalevi Aho’s monumental organ symphony ‘Alles Vergängliche’, the present disc includes five smaller pieces by Aho for organ solo, as well as three compositions for organ and one or two other instruments. First performed at the wedding of his sister, the two brief wedding marches were the first pieces that Aho wrote for the organ, and like the later Wedding Music they are kept in a tonal idiom – as the ……