In the late seventeenth century, religious music enjoyed a true golden age in north Germany. Although the outstanding works of Buxtehude are better-known today, those of his father in law Franz Tunder and his pupil Nikolaus Bruhns display the same exceptional creative fervor. This program of sacred music for bass voice is bathed in an atmosphere of intense devotion, sometimes tender, sometimes heart-rending. Swiss Bass Stephan MacLeod's concert career began in 1992 when he debuted with Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Cologne. More recently he was lead bass for the Huelgas Ensemble. He can be heard on over 35 CDs, of which many have received important awards.