Capella de la Torre

Luther's wedding day

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917259827
Catnr: CC 72598
Release date: 16 November 2013
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€ 12.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72598
Release date
16 November 2013

"This has to be some of the most tastefully controlled extended playing of shwams and dulcians that I have heared recently."

Early Music Review, 01-6-2014

About the album

As little as we know about the actual musical programme for the celebration of Luther’s wedding, we are on the other hand excellently informed about the reformer’s fundamental relationship to music.

It is therefore no surprise that Luther not only possessed these significant theoretical and practical skills, but also had an intensive empathy for music.

However, he also wrote his own texts and melodies; the best known example is surely “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress is Our God) as paraphrase of the text of Psalm 46. He greatly admired contemporary composers, bove all Josquin de Prez; the quote “Josquin / he says / is the master of notes /everyone must do / what he wants / the other songmasters must do as the notes want” has in the meantime become practically a household word. Further more, he was personally acquainted with several composers. He collaborated very closely with Johann Walter was a close friend and correspondent of Ludwig Senfl.

A historically “exact” reconstruction for the music to Luther’s wedding would need a time machine not only to take us back to the year 1525, but also to make us into people of that time. For that the programme presented here keeps far more to “the probable and necessary” in the sense of a historically informed Aristotelian manner, which ensures a characteristic element that has been freed of fortuities.
Spectaculaire interpretatie van de muziek op Luthers bruiloft
In juni 1525 trouwde Martin Luther met Katharina von Bora. Het huwelijk werd niet alleen in kleine kring gevierd. Er waren namelijk ook hooggeplaatste gasten aanwezig. Er is weinig bekend over de muziek die tijdens de viering gespeeld werd, als die al werd gespeeld.

Er is wel voldoende informatie over Luthers verhouding tot muziek. Hij bezat niet alleen belangrijke theoretische en praktische muzikale vaardigheden, hij had ook empathie voor muziek. Naast componist was Luther een bewonderaar van de componisten van zijn tijd, met name Josquin de Prez. Hij was ook bekend met verschillende componisten.

Dit album is geen exacte muzikale reconstructie van de bruiloft van Luther. Dat is immers niet mogelijk. Ten eerste is er geen informatie over de precieze evenementen tijdens de bruiloft beschikbaar. Ten tweede zouden de luisteraars niet alleen in een tijdmachine moeten stappen, maar ook moeten veranderen in de mensen uit 1525. Nu horen de luisteraars de muziek op een andere manier, omdat de luistergewoonten en oren grondig zijn veranderd.

Met dit album brengt Capella del Torre dus de instrumentale en vocale muziek uit de tijd van Luther naar onze tijd. Het ensemble maakt wel gebruik van historische instrumenten voor de opnames.
Als der Reformator Martin Luther im Juni 1525 Katharina von Bora heiratete, wurde diese Eheschließung nachweislich auch gefeiert. Wenig ist über die Zeremonie oder die Umrahmung der Festlichkeiten mit Musik bekannt, über Luthers enge Beziehung zur Musik gibt es jedoch vielfältige Zeugnisse. Seine theoretischen und praktischen Kenntnisse manifestieren sich in vielerlei Hinsicht. Er bewunderte die Werke von Josquin de Prez, hatte persönlichen und freundschaftlichen Kontakt zu zeitgenössischen Komponisten wie Johann Walter und Ludwig Senfl und komponierte selber, darunter sein sicherlich bekannteste Lied „Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott“.

Das Ensemlbe Capella de la Torre stellte auf Grund dieser Kenntnisse eine Auswahl an Werken zusammen, die zur Hochzeitsfeier des großen Martin Luthers erklungen sein könnten. Eine exakte Rekonstruktion scheint dem Ensemble nicht erstrebenswert – auch die Zuhörer können nicht ins Jahr 1525 zurückversetzt werden. Das Programm eröffnet aber dem Hörer die Möglichkeit zu einer Rückbesinnung auf die Vita und den Einfluss der Musik im Leben Martin Luthers.


Capella de la Torre gathers together musicians who have made an international name for themselves as specialists in historically informed performance. The ensemble’s goal

is to perform the rich and hitherto neglected music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with authentic instruments, thus putting it in the spotlight of general cultural awareness.

The ensemble’s name has a double meaning. The core group consists of historical wind instruments such as the shawm, bombard, dulcian, trombone and cornetto (zink) – at the time, this formation was known as “capella alta”. In the early sixteenth century Francisco de la Torre composed a piece with his “Danza Alta” that has remained paradigmatic until today. Besides being a tribute to the Spanish composer, the name also alludes to a typical contemporary performance practice: “De la Torre”
translated means “from the tower”. Groups of wind instrumentalists, called “ministriles” in Spain, often made music for festivals and other official events from the vantage point of towers and balconies.

Capella de la Torre have brought out more than a dozen CDs hitherto, or will have done in the near future. They reflect the thematic range from civic tower music for wind instruments through to advanced religious works of the sixteenth/seventeenth century. Numerous radio recordings have been broadcast (WDR, BR, DRS, NDR, RBB, DKultur).


This has to be some of the most tastefully controlled extended playing of shwams and dulcians that I have heared recently.
Early Music Review, 01-6-2014

Geen quote 
Tijdschrift Oude Muziek, 22-5-2014

lust for life
Concerto, 01-5-2014

Educational and entertaining.
The Independent, 23-2-2014

Crescendo, 01-1-2014

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