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Tomás Luis de Victoria, Jean Mouton, Josquin Desprez, Jacob Heringman

John Potter

Secret History

  • Type CD
  • Label ECM New Series
  • UPC 0028948114634
  • Catalog number ECM 4811463
  • Release date 25 August 2017

About the album

Tomas Luis de Victoria and Josquin Desprez were not contemporaries, they lived and worked in different countries, and perhaps shared little in terms of abstract compositional style.  Yet throughout Europe, generations of musicians recognized them as kindred spirits, and tablature versions of their masses and motets circulated amongst lutenists. For John Potter, this is “the secret life of the music – in historical terms its real life.”   In this characteristically creative project Potter -  joined by Trio Mediaeval singer Anna Maria Friman and three outstanding vihuela players -  explores “what happens to music after it is composed.”  The album, produced by Manfred Eicher, was recorded at the St Gerold monastery in the Austrian mountains, where Potter previously contributed to Officium and other recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble and with The Dowland Project.

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