Huelgas Ensemble opens Laus Polyphoniae 2023
18 August 2023/ Netherlands / Antwerp
At the very beginning of Laus Polyphoniae 2023, Paul Van Nevel and his Huelgas Ensemble present an anthology of music by the 16th century composers who were linked to the Church of Our Lady in Antwerp, which would later become the cathedral. The focal point of this varied programme is La Hèle’s Missa Fremuit spiritu Jesu, published by Plantijn in 1578. It is based on the motet of the same name by Orlandus Lassus. Motets and chansons are arranged around the mass, including a lament by Pevernage upon the death of Christoffel Plantijn.