Mayr: Sacri Concentus - Antiphone (1681)
Following on from the highly expressive psalm settings, Ars Antiqua Austria present the glorious antiphons of the master from Schärding am Inn: exquisite church music by Rupert Mayr which Emperor Leopold I himself proclaimed as being definitive for the Catholic lands.
Originally, the antiphon denoted a Gregorian chant that was sung by two parties opposite each other. Often a single performer was answered by a group of singers. The antiphon would later disengage from the psalm on which it was commenting. The antiphons set by Mayr represent a special form of the genre, so-called Marian antiphons, almost all of which are addressed to the Mother of God. Only In terras descendam is intended for Christmas. The antiphonal practice is still apparent in all antiphons in the alternation between singers and instrumentalists.
"...extraordinarily beautiful music" - Musicweb International on Volume 1 (CC 72759)
Artists: Ars Antiqua Austria Gunar Letzbor - Violin Gerd Kenda - Vocals Markus Miesenberger - Vocals Alois Mühlbacher - Vocals Markus Forster - Vocals Christian Ziemski - Vocals
- Mayr: In terras descendam
- Mayr: Ave Regina coelorum
- Mayr: Salve Regina
- Mayr: Alma Redemptoris
- Mayr: Regina coeli
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