The inspiration for this recording was the devastation and despair of the Canterbury earthquake of February 22, 2011. The image many of us will take from this catastrophe is the ruin of ChristChurch Cathedral.
So what better work to record as a fundraiser than Antoine Brumel’s Missa Et ecce terrae motus, otherwise known as The ‘Earthquake’ Mass? One of the most famous examples of Renaissance vocal writing, the 12-part Mass takes its nickname from the plainsong antiphon ‘Et ecce terrae motus’ (And the earth moved), sung at the office of Lauds on Easter Sunday.
In addition to the Brumel Mass, we are delighted to present the premiere recordings of two works that we commissioned from two of New Zealand’s most experienced and talented composers: Jack Body and Ross Harris.