This is an almost forgotten album of Schola Hungarica which is one of my favourites.
Holy Friday and what better to start with the best music that has given Christianity? Yes, the Gregorian chants.
Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) stands as perhaps the greatest of the Franco-Flemish composers of the 15th century. Digitally recorded in 1992, this disc presents a world-premiere release of his two surviving 3-voice masses; Missa Sine Nomine and Missa Quinti Toni. They are presumably early works by the composer and are among his most masterful creations. Complete program notes on the works and general issues of performance practice, along with the mass texts and translations, are enclosed. Produced by Gerald Gold.
The Egidien Choir Books are an outstanding testimony to the high-quality church music with an international outlook, as it was performed in Nuremberg’s churches in the 16th century. This recording focuses on a diverse and richly instrumented selection of works as performed during the Easter liturgy in St-Egidien Church. Intense samples and four days recording are now behind us. It was a wonderful collaboration with the Basel ensemble I Fedeli, the Lute Consort with Thomas Boysen and a viol consort. The Schola Cantorum and the Nuremberg Egidien Chor Nürnberg were highly concentrated and at its best!