The Venetian Mass from Hamburg

My first encounter with the music of Hieronymus Praetorius was as a 12-year-old treble. I was singing at the Edington Festival, an extraordinary week-long celebration of church music, held annually in a 14th century Priory church in Wiltshire. We sang Praetorius' Magnificat quinti toni, and I still remember the effect that this music had on me as it fizzed and sparkled under the direction of David Trendell. Years later, while a choral scholar in David's choir at King's College London, I sang the same piece again, by now a baritone, for a broadcast of Choral Evensong. I was dazzled by this piece as before, and was left wondering whether there was more music by Praetorius to explore that would

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