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To conclude, here’s another Holy Roman Emperor: Geistliche Musik für Kaiser Maximilian I in two CDs compiling reissued recordings of works principally by Heinrich Isaac, with material from Josquin, Hofhaimer, and Senfl. CD1 consists of motets and CD2 features Isaac’s Missa pro Maximilliano sung and played by Ensemble Hofkapelle, directed by Michael Procter, including arresting alternatim organ improvisations. The singing may not come from the top drawer, but taken as a whole it’s a worthwhile tribute to the music-loving emperor and his composers.

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