Leonhard Lechner (ca. 1556-1606) is one of the most important composers of Protestant church music prior to Heinrich Schütz. The Athesinus Consort Berlin presents some of his settings, taken from various collections, which underscore the development of the German sacred hymn. The ensemble’s name is derived, incidentally, from none other than the composer himself, who took the name nickname "Athesinus" to signify Adige/Athesis in South Tyrol, which was probably his birthplace.
Music *** Sound *****
Matthias Hengelbrock - Fono Forum magazine - December 2013
"This CD is a feast of gloriously weaving polyphony set amid chorale-like passages... The singing of the gifted Athesis Consort is sublime as the lines of music are individually expressed and phrased, with not a nuance out of place. The recording quality is a model of clarity and balance. A must for all lovers of 16th-century polyphony." *****
Shirley Ratcliffe - Choir & Organ magazine - November/December 2013