Celebration Mass in Honor of His Imperial Grace / Rosetum Marianum / The Alchemical Cabinet / The Emperor's Chambers and Gardens
Philippe de Monte, Carl Luython, Tomas de Santa Maria, Krystof Harant of Polzice and Bezdruzice, Franz Sales, Michael Maier, Jacob Regnart, Cipriano de Rore, Alessandro Orologio et al.
Fraternitas Litteratorum, Artistic Director Stanislav Predota, conducted by Martin Horyna
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 which the 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 Carl Luython, 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 Brandys nad Labem - Stara Boleslav in the chapel of the castle at Brandys nad Labem.