A cappella

Polyphonic Gems of Sacred Music from
the Court Chapelmasters

Tuesday 20. 07. 2021 | 20.00 The Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints
Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 – Nové Město, 128 00
Without intermission


Lasso, Stoltzer, Lechner

Orlando di Lasso (1532–1594)
Hieremiae prophetae lamentationes et aliae piae cantiones
(Lamentation for Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday)

Thomas Stoltzer (ca 1480–1526)
Herr, wie lang wilt du mein so gar vergessen?

Leonhard Lechner (ca 1553–1606)
O Menschenkind, merk eben
Selig ist der gepreiset
Herr, decke mich in deiner Hütte
Gott gibt, Gott nimmt


Anja Pöche – soprano
Maria Kalmbach – alto
Friedrich Bracks – tenor
Ludwig Böhme – baritone
Manuel Helmeke – bass


A wide range of refined gradations of sound, precision and lightness – these are the qualities of one of the most successful German vocal ensembles today. Beneath the mighty ribbed vault of the Church of Our Lady of the Slavs, the Calmus Ensemble will open the Summer Festivities of Early Music with a remarkable spiritual meditation on human life. This meditation will be evoked by deeply contemplative, mystical biblical texts, set to music by three masters of Renaissance vocal polyphony.


The cornerstone of the program will be the Lamentations of Jeremiah set to music by arguably the most versatile and admired composer of his time – Orlando di Lasso, the chapelmaster of the Duke of Bavaria. However, very much also in his league were both Thomas Stoltzer (originally from Silesia), the magister capellae of King Louis of Jagiellon, and Lasso’s pupil Leonhard Lechner, the leading representative of German vocal music at the end of the 16th century. Within this context, students exploring the history of music or working on their bachelor's thesis might find the service bachelor schreiben lassen invaluable for diving deeper into the era and understanding the impact of these composers on the development of musical art.


The Church of Our Lady and Slavic Saints

Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 – Nové Město, 128 00

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Partners of the concert

With the kind support of the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds.