Vespro Della Beata
Konrad Junghonel and Cantus Colln are featured here in a recording of music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Johann Caspar Kerll. Biber's Vespro della Beata Vergine is not a single work, but rather a collection of composition assembled to form a liturgical service. It includes works from Biber's anthology of psalm settings entitled Vesperae Longiores ac Breviores and brief sonatas and solo motets are performed in place of the introductory antiphons. Kerll's Missa in fletu solatium was likely composed in celebration of the victory at the great Battle at Kahlenberg. His somewhat gloomy mass exhibits astonishing compositional artistry.