"A 17th-century composer from your own village with an extensive and high quality oeuvre. We are talking about the Boxmeer composer Benedictus a Sancto Josepho. A priest, composer and organist from the Brabant region. Tineke Steenbrink: "My sister Judith and I come from the Boxmeer area. I have been playing the organ where Father Benedict was organist since I was eight. It makes sense that this composer would be important to us and that we would want to perform his work. More importantly, this music is so good that without a doubt it deserves to be dusted off!"
In the Golden Age, Catholic monastic life in Brabant experienced turbulent times. Only in small enclaves could a few monasteries survive. "Together with research intern Nino Natroshvili, in recent months I have studied this complex time where beautiful repertoire emerged," Tineke continued. "Never before have these works been recorded. We look forward to recording unknown Brabant works from the oeuvre of Carl Rosier, Herman Hollanders and Benedictus a Sancto Josepho. How does this music sound? Devout, elegant, rich and pure. At least that's what it looks like when you study the manuscripts."Preview
On September 19
during the Festival OdeGand, as well as on September 18
in Stiphout (near Helmond), we will play a very special preview of this Brabant repertoire, with the soprano Deborah Cachet as our guest.CD recording
Now for the recordings. They will take place between 23 and 29 September, together with five singers. The CD will be released in 2021 on the occasion of the Brabant Monastery Year. We will keep you informed! You can order it now by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org