Motetten der Hiller-Sammlung

Motets from the Hiller Collection
Sächsisches Vocalensemble, Matthias Jung
70:25
Carus 83.269

Any recording featuring the Sächsisches Vocalensemble and/or Matthias Jung is always worth hearing. Seven of the 17 tracks on this recording of motets from his printed anthology of a cappella motets are world premiere recordings (three of them by Hiller, including his arrangement of Jacob Handl’s famous “Ecce quomodo moritur justus”). Composers represented included such important figures as Homilius, Carl Heinrich Graun and Rolle, but also lesser-known composers as Penzel, Reinhold and Fehre.

In truth, in listening I was definitely unaware of any sudden shift in standard! It certainly helps that the singing is exquisite, and Jung ensures that he makes the most he can from the material in front of him. Here I think micro-management pays dividends with absolute unanimity of delivery throughout – a glorious choral sound like this does not come easily. Choirs looking for new repertoire will be glad to hear that the music is available from Carus, too.

Brian Clark