New CD release – Johannes Lupi & Lupus Hellinck: motets, Te Deum, Missa Surrexit pastor bonus

The Brabant Ensemble continues to expand the range of Franco-Flemish Renaissance polyphony recordings, with works by two of the ‘wolf pack’, composers whose names were derived from the Latin lupus. Lupus (Wulfaert) Hellinck (c1494-1541) was based in Bruges: his five-voice Missa Surrexit pastor bonus is based on a motet by the Vatican composer Andreas de Silva. Johannes Lupi (c1506-39) was a boy chorister and subsequently director of music at Cambrai Cathedral: the recording contains three of his motets (including the magnificent eight-voice Salve celeberrima virgo) and a through-composed Te Deum.
Critics have already praised the release for the ‘accuracy and beauty of the singing and the transparency of the recording’ (BBC Radio 3 Record Review), and as ‘the pinnacle of refined singing and thoughtful scholarship’ (MusicWeb International), and have singled out Salve celeberrima virgo as ‘ravishingly beautiful’ (The Sunday Times) and for its ‘rich, velvety texture thrillingly permeated with the spirit of [Nicolas] Gombert’ (Gramophone).