Orlande de Lassus—Requiem (Missa pro defunctis à 5)
Lassus (1532–1594) is one of the best-known and prolific composers of his time. There are around two thousand works to his credit—the most outstanding among them are the more than sixty polyphonic masses. Each part of the “Requiem for five voices” (1589), opens with a plainchant melody in the bass voice. Additional movements appropriate for a requiem mass setting from the same period complete the program. The Leipzig-based a cappella ensemble Amarcord, formed in 1992 by five former members of the legendary St. Thomas Choir (Thomanerchor), is the winner of prestigious competitions, such as the first Choir Olympiad in Linz, Austria, the German Music Competition, and the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival.