Capricornus: Jubilus BernhardiACRONYM/Donald Meineke/The Bach Choir of Holy Trinity

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Baroque string band ACRONYM teams up with Donald Meineke and the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity—an ensemble known for a half-century of riveting early-music performances in New York City—for the first recording of Capricornus's monumental Jubilus Bernhardi.


# Audio Title/Composer(s) Performer(s) Time
Total Time 109:59

Jubilus Bernhardi

01Jesu dulcis memoria
Jesu dulcis memoria
02Jesu, spes pœnitentibus
Jesu, spes pœnitentibus
03Jesu, dulcedo Cordium
Jesu, dulcedo Cordium
04Jesum quaeram in lectulo
Jesum quaeram in lectulo
05Cum Maria diluculo
Cum Maria diluculo
06Jesu, Rex admirabilis
Jesu, Rex admirabilis
07Mane nobiscum Domine
Mane nobiscum Domine
08Amor Jesu, dulcissimus
Amor Jesu, dulcissimus
09Jesum omnes agnoscite
Jesum omnes agnoscite
10Jesus, auctor clementiae
Jesus, auctor clementiae
11Jesu, mi bone, sentiam
Jesu, mi bone, sentiam
12Tua, Jesu, dilectio
Tua, Jesu, dilectio
13Jesu, decus Angelicum
Jesu, decus Angelicum
14Amor tuus continuus
Amor tuus continuus
15Jesu, summa benignitas
Jesu, summa benignitas
16O Jesu, mi dulcissime
O Jesu, mi dulcissime
17Jesus cum sic diligitur
Jesus cum sic diligitur
18O beatum incendium
O beatum incendium
19Jesu, flos matris Virginis
Jesu, flos matris Virginis
20Jesu, sole serenior
Jesu, sole serenior
21Mi dilecte revertere
Mi dilecte revertere
22Coeli cives, occurrite
Coeli cives, occurrite
23Rex virtutum
Rex virtutum
24Jesus in pace imperat
Jesus in pace imperat

Precious little is known for certain about the composer Samuel Capricornus; like Purcell and Mozart, he died at a tragically young age, and yet his prodigious output demonstrates what a wealth of talent and invention he had. Born the son of a Lutheran pastor in what today is the Czech Republic, he Latinized his name according to a common habit at the time, and he was fortunate enough to work at the imperial chapel in Vienna under two of the leading Italians of the age, Giovanni Valentini and Antonio Bertali. Capricornus's setting in 24 parts of the Jubilus Bernhardi was published halfway through his tenure as Kapellmeister to the court in Stuttgart in 1660. Scored for five soloists, five ripieno vocal parts and a consort of violas da gamba with continuo, it is a glorious demonstration of every facet of the composer's craft: the short introductory sinfonias that set the tone, the careful juxtaposition of solo voices and tutti sections, the skilful balancing of voices and instruments, the minutely observed rhythms of the word setting, and—above all—the overarching structural sense. Even in such a grand design, the music remains ever-changing like light shining on a diamond, yet profoundly uplifting and moving by turn.

  • Recorded September 8-11, 2016, at Oktaven Audio
  • Engineered, Produced, and Mastered by Ryan Streber
  • Edited by Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Loren Ludwig, and Ryan Streber
  • Design by Lee Ryder
  • Notes and modern edition by Brian Clark for Prima la musica! and Cornetto-Verlag
  • English translation by Dr. Helen Deeming
  • Special thanks to Brian Clark, The Rev. Wilbert S. Miller, The Bach Foundation of Holy Trinity, Linda Cahn, Paul Marshall, Diana Langer Marcus, Dan Lippel, Marc Wolf, and Lee Ryder.


Baroque string ensemble ACRONYM is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century. The group formed in 2012 to create the first recording of the "Alphabet Sonatas" of Johann Pezel. ACRONYM's following disc, sonatas by Antonio Bertali, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim; Alex Ross selected it as a CD pick, and Early Music America Magazine wrote "the idiomatic performances and spacious recording by these young musicians are absolutely first rate. This is a disc ... belonging in everyone's collection." In 2015 ACRONYM released a third album—the first recordings of Giovanni Valentini's instrumental works—which was praised in Gramophone for being "played with expertise, enthusiasm, and an almost tactile sense of timbre." In 2016 ACRONYM released its fourth album: Wunderkammer. Upcoming projects include the first recording of Samuel Capricornus's monumental "Jubilus Bernhardi" with the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Donald Meineke

Hailed as a “fresh voice on New York’s musical scene” (The New Yorker), Donald Meineke serves as Cantor of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City, home of Bach Vespers and The Bach Choir and Players of Holy Trinity, where he serves as principal organist, directs the multiple choirs, and oversees the extensive music program and concert series. An active conductor, recitalist, lecturer, clinician, and singer, his multifaceted career has taken him to the great churches and cathedrals, concert halls, and universities around the world. He is the co-founder of Ensemble VIII, a professional early music ensemble in Austin, TX; co-founder of the 2014 Early Music Festival: New York; and was founder and Artistic Director of Vox Triniti in Massachusetts.

The Bach Choir of Holy Trinity

Praised for its vibrant, stylish sound and exceptional musicianship, The Bach Choir of Holy Trinity is the choir of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City, known as the city’s “temple to Bach” (The New York Times). The ensemble consists of the finest singers throughout the New York metro area, specializing in historical performance practices ranging from the 15th to 18th centuries. Beginning in 1968, the Bach Choir has presented the sacred choral works of North German Renaissance and Baroque composers, namely Johann Sebastian Bach and his predecessors and contemporaries, within the historic office of Vespers every Sunday evening. The twice Grammy-nominated choir has appeared in several films and television series and can be heard on numerous recordings. Visit for more information.

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