Musical Gems from the Fifteenth Century
Stimmwerck also received the highest honors from klassik-heute for its Deutsche Kirchenlieder cpo CD. The artists proved to be »first-class interpreters. Outstanding textual intelligibility is complemented by the nuanced musical design of the contents.« Once again Stimmwerck, the wonderfully ingenious Munich vocal quartet, sets out on exciting and unbeaten paths of European music history. The present recording featuring late medieval motets and songs by Brassart, Martini, Roullet, and anonymous composers from various manuscript sources offers an in-depth cross section of early vocal music in which the joie de vivre and profound piety of that epoch are uniquely experienced. Archaic vocal artistry has only rarely been so moving. These pieces recorded in conjunction with the musicological research project »Musikleben des Spätmittelalters in der Region Österreich (ca. 1340-ca. 1520) devoted to late medieval music documented in the Austrian sphere of influence offers us the opportunity to experience in music the epoch during which the Habsburgs became a world power and Vienna became the capital of the music world.