The hidden Baroque : Björn Schmelzer, Peter Paul Rubens and Orazio Vecchi

“I have never felt this “other” Baroque with quite the sense of anachronistic shock which I experienced when first encountering the cover photgraph for this CD.  At first glance, it almost looks as though it represents the lamenting Mediterrean culture of pleureuses (professional mourners), but it is in fact a funeral procession on the little … Continue reading The hidden Baroque : Björn Schmelzer, Peter Paul Rubens and Orazio Vecchi

Jacob Obrecht : Netherlands Renaissance composer born #OnThisDay

Jacob Obrecht (1457-1505)) was a South Netherlandish composer known mainly for his substantial output of Mass Ordinary settings in the late 15th century, as well as for his motets and songs. Like his close contemporary Josquin des Prez, Obrecht was born and trained in the North, and led a peripatetic career involving positions and patrons … Continue reading Jacob Obrecht : Netherlands Renaissance composer born #OnThisDay