This CD features the recording premieres of the St. Matthew Passion by Johannes Heroldt and the St. John Passion by Teodoro Clinio. Both works were composed at virtually the same time (1594-95) and emerged from the confessional rivalry then prevailing in Christian Europe. Johannes Heroldt, a Protestant from Jena, composed his German-language St. Matthew Passion in Klagenfurt, on this language’s southern border, while the Catholic Clinio, who was active in Italy’s Veneto region, penned his St. John Passion in Latin. Both passions are purely vocal works for six voices, and various vocal combinations characterize the individual participants in the passion narrative. An interesting marginal note: Johannes Heroldt’s St. Matthew Passion is Carinthia’s earliest published vocal work. On this CD the Triagonale ensemble led by Michael Paumgarten demonstrates how Protestant and Catholic passion music may have sounded in the Alpine-Adriatic region at the end of the sixteenth century. An interesting addition to the extensive discography of Passiontide music!