Maestro di Capella: Music of Elzéar Genet (Carpentras) is the Cheese Lords' first CD, and a world premiere recording.
Elzéar Genet (c. 1470-1548) sang in the papal chapel under Pope Julius II, and thereafter in the court of the French king Louis XII. On November 5, 1513, he became the first composer to be named Master of the Papal Chapel. Working for Pope Leo X, who, in the Medici tradition, was a lavish patron of the arts, Genet's musical output became exclusively sacred. Although Genet was the first composer to publish his collected works, his music has unjustly fallen into near-oblivion. By the late 16th century, Genet's works had been replaced with newer settings by Palestrina and other composers. Sadly, there are no documented performances of his music again until the early 19th century.
“…their interpretive response to the music is skilled. It’s a valuable addition to a discography that is much too short.”
- J. F. Weber on the CD Mæstro di Capella: Music of Elzéar Genet (Carpentras), Fanfare, July/August 2003
“This is an enthusiastic group of singers who, thankfully, go at the music full-throttle. The motet ‘Tibi Christe’ soars, with the singers offering a dose of dramatic pop in the doxology. It’s also a pleasure to hear a ‘Jubilate Deo’ that is truly an expression of unbridled exaltation.”
- Craig Zeichner on the CD Mæstro di Capella: Music of Elzéar Genet (Carpentras), Early Music America, Winter 2003-04