This supremely beautiful CD presents world-premiere recordings of the two surviving masses attributed to Johannes Regis, a composer of whom very little is known, yet one who was obviously very highly regarded in his time. Combining the rhythmic energy characteristic of the early 15th century with the lyrical imitative counterpoint coming into vogue in the years after 1450, these are among the most engaging works of the period.
"From at least 1451 until his death, Johannes Regis was master of the choristers at the collegiate church of St. Vincent in Soignies, diocese of Cambrai, a town that had close connections to the Burgundian court. [Guillaume] Dufay may have been his teacher, for Cambrai tried to lure him away for a similar post at the cathedral where Dufay was serving, and the two remained in touch until the older man's death…. The two masses heard here both demonstrate close links to Dufay."—Fanfare