The adoration of Saint James has endured since the High Middle Ages. The nobility revered him as the patron saint of knights, while he was considered by most believers to be the patron saint of pilgrimages. Hence, the faithful flocked in ever increasing numbers to make the long journey to his grave at Santiago de Compostela, both for penitential reasons and to escape their everyday routine.
"Brings together Gregorian chant, early Aquitanian polyphony, Spanish Golden Age polyphony, and works from the 21st century in honour of St. James (both Thomas Beimel's Pilgerlieder and Hans Schanderl's Lang ist die Zeit were commissioned by the Bamberger Dommusik for this project). Notably, the disc contains no music from the 17th to 20th centuries…. The emphasis is on Renaissance polyphony, which covers roughly a third of the recorded pieces. The Schola Bamberg presents the works with a clear-cut a cappella sound."—Early Music