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Das Gänsebuch (The Geese Book) - German Medieval Chant


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557412   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Caspar OthmayrLucas OsianderAnonymousJohannes Kotter,   ... 
Performer:  Matthias Ank
Conductor:  László DobszayJanka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


I admit it was the cover that got my attention--first, the title, referring to an 1120-page manuscript collection containing the only existing original copies of pre-Reformation liturgical music from Nuremburg; second, the illustration, an illumination from the collection that depicts a wolf directing a choir of geese singing from a large music book, a hungry-looking fox sitting on hind-quarters just behind the choir. Upon listening to the music, I was reassured that there was more to appreciate here than the intriguing, colorful illustration and charming title.


The focus of the singing is late-medieval chants from various Masses particular to the church of St. Lorenz in
Read more Nuremburg. The disc's producers wisely interspersed the chant selections with short organ pieces from 15th- and 16th-century German composers. The combination works well, retaining the appropriate celebratory mood and church ambience while offering the ear welcome variety of sounds and textures. (The notes also mention that organ music was part of the St. Lorenz liturgy, thus its inclusion here, performed on the St. Lorenz organ by the church's music director Matthias Ank.)


Some of the chants offered are world-premieres--particularly interesting are those from Nuremburg's "most important feast day", the Feast of the Holy Lance and Nails. The celebration involved significant pomp and circumstance where imperial relics were displayed in the market square. Another appealing feature of this program is the alternating use of different voices--men, children, and women sing together and separately, the range of colors and relative "weight" of the voices giving a distinctive character to various parts of the Mass. All of the singers are first rate, but special mention goes to the children's lovely tone and impeccable phrasing and diction. The liner notes are informative and pertinent; the sound conveys the natural resonant space of the church while clearly, cleanly capturing the voices. If you enjoy chant--and beautiful illuminated manuscripts--you'll find this 71 minutes well worth your while.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Bicinia sacra (41): Komm, heiliger Geist, Herrr Gott by Caspar Othmayr
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1543; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott." 
2.
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott by Lucas Osiander
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1586; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Bicinia sacra (41): Komm, heiliger Geist, Herrr Gott." 
3.
"Geese Book": Ascension Mass - Introit "Viri Galilei" by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany (09/09/2002 - 09/12/2002)
Composition written: St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany (1504 - 1510). 
4.
Fantasie for Organ in C major by Johannes Kotter
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
"Geese Book": Missa Lancea Christi et armorum domini by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany (09/09/2002 - 09/12/2002)
Composition written: St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany (1504 - 1510). 
6.
Carmen in sol by Conrad Brumann
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Ewiger Gott by Ludwig Senfl
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1534; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Ricercare in D minor by Heinrich Isaac
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
"Geese Book": St. Monica Mass - Offertory "Jesu transfixi vulnera" by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany (09/09/2002 - 09/12/2002)
Composition written: St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany (1504 - 1510). 
10.
Kyrie Angelicum by Conrad Paumann
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
11.
"Geese Book": St. Martha Mass by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany (09/09/2002 - 09/12/2002)
Composition written: St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany (1504 - 1510). 
12.
Maria zart von edler Art by Arnolt Schlick
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
13.
"Geese Book": St. Lawrence Mass - Introit "Confessio et pulchritudo in conspectu eius" by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany (09/09/2002 - 09/12/2002)
Composition written: St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany (1504 - 1510). 
14.
Schöne ausserlesene Lieder (30): Ich wird erlost by Heinrich Finck
Performer:  Matthias Ank (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15.
Bell Toll by Anonymous
Date of Recording: 02/25/2003 
Venue:  St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
"Geese Book": St. Sebaldus Mass by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany (09/09/2002 - 09/12/2002)
Composition written: St. Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany (1504 - 1510). 
17.
"Geese Book": St. Deocarus Mass - Alleluia "Justus germinabit" by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18.
"Geese Book": St. Deocarus Mass - Dilectus Deo et hominibus by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay,  Janka Szendrei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: St. Lorenz Church, N 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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