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Robert Morton, Arnold von Bruck, Salomone Rossi, Konrad Baumann, Josquin Desprez, Brüder Hess, Guillaume Dufay, Adrian Willaert, Paul Hofhaimer, Ludwig Senfl

Capella de la Torre / Dominique Visse

Vinum et Musica - Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (15th & 16th century)

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917254426
  • Catalog number CC 72544
  • Release date 30 March 2012
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Five hundred years ago no one would have had to argue long about the image and significance of Nuremberg. The city was the intersection of numerous trade routes, housed the imperial regalia, was the germ cell of German humanism. A musical tour through what was then the centre of Europe –Dominique Visse and the Capella della Torre are embarking on no less a venture on this CD. They takes us back to an epoch around 1500, a date always regarded as the heyday of the free imperial city. A guided tour might have started then (as now) up at the Kaiserburg, Nuremberg Castle, the emblem of Nuremberg. Actually a relic of the Early Middle Ages, the castle was still used for military purposes until the Thirty Years War. Probably there were quite a few mercenaries in it humming the song L’homme armé, one of the most popular melodies ever of early modern times, heard here in what is possibly the earliest version by Robert Morton. It warns of the “armed man” and calls on men to don their armour. At the same time, Nuremberg Castle was also residence until 1571 of all kings and emperors of the Holy Roman Empire when they stopped on their itineraries in “Noris” (an allegorical name for the city and its region). The state motet printed in Nuremberg Fortitudo Dei regnantis in praise of the Polish king Sigismund I was composed to mark this.

The musical tour goes on down from the castle to the spacious Marktplatz and further, Visse and his Capella della Torre take the listener by the hand...

The ensemble of the Capella de la Torre corresponds more or less exactly to that of the Nuremberg town pipers of the era: shawm, bombard and bass, augmented with trombone and cornett (zink). Documented for the first time in 1384, the town pipers played at church services, municipal council sessions, at weddings and carnival processions and became so famous that in the sixteenth century they represented Worms and Bamberg as well as Nuremberg at the annual ratification of the tariff and customs privileges in Frankfurt.

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