Sine Nomine: Renaissance Choir and Dr. Anne Lyman present ‘Most Worthy Shepherd: Sacred Music of Heinrich Isaac’ as a celebration of this great composer on the 500th anniversary of his death.
The program includes some of his best-known works, in particular the famous German song ‘Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen’ and its parody mass ‘Missa Carminum,’ alongside the more commanding multi-voiced works ‘Optime pastor’ and ‘Regina caeli laetare.’ Motets by some of Isaac’s best-known Flemish counterparts round out the program, including one of Josquin’s masterworks ‘Praeter rerum seriem.’
Heinrich Isaac was a prolific and talented member of the most celebrated generation of Renaissance composers active at the turn of the sixteenth century. He was born in the Low Countries and spent most of his career enjoying favor and fortune in Florence and Vienna. He associated with the most powerful rulers of the time: The Duke of Ferrara, The Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I of Hapsburg, and Pope Leo X of the Medici family. But because he lived in the shadow of Josquin des Prez, he has not been as celebrated among today’s early music enthusiasts.
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