One of the most significant eras of Czech musical history took place during the reign of Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612) at Prague Castle. Rudolf inherited an outstanding court ensemble for whichthe most celebrated European composers of the day wrote music. This new recording features two personalities in particular: Philippe de Monte, the emperor's longtime musical director, and CarlLuython, an organist one generation younger and composer of the seven-voice mass Caesar Vive! The Fraternitas Litteratorum ensemble, which specializes in performing the vocal polyphony of the 15th and 16th centuries, has here created a picture of the musical life of Rudolf's chambers and gardens, including the liturgical and sacred works of his time.
This album was recorded with the generous support of the city of Brandýs nad Labem - Stará Boleslav in the chapel of the castle at Brandýs nad Labem. Slogan Caesar vive! - a unique picture of the musical life of the court of Rudolf II.