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Monte: Missa Ultimi miei sospiri, etc; Verdelot / Cinquecento

Album Summary

>de Monte, Philippe : Miserere mei, Domine, motet for 5 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Mass "Ultimi miei sospiri", for 6 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Magnificat in the sixth tone, for 4 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Ad te levavi, motet for 5 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Fratres, ego enim accepi, motet for 6 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Asperges me, Domine, motet for 5 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Gaudent in caelis animae Sanctorum, for 6 voices
>de Monte, Philippe : Ne timeas, Maria, motet for 5 voices
>Verdelot, Phillippe : Ultimi mei sospiri, madrigal for 6 voices
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In its third disc for Hyperion, the youthful vocal sextet Cinquecento continues its exploration of the rich repertoire heard at the Habsburg court. The prolific composer Philippe De Monte (1521-1603), Kapellmeister to the Emperor Maximilian II, wrote hundreds of sacred works, as well as over a thousand madrigals whose expressive aspects infuse his sacred music. His 'Missa Ultimi miei sospiri' contains such delightful features of the madrigal genre as the constant interplay between groups of voices and dramatic word-setting. The short motets recorded here cover many Biblical and liturgical subjects and demonstrate the wide range of techniques and styles mastered by the composer.

'An unusually gifted ensemble, both vocally and musically ... Here is a group whose tone, vocal flexibility, collective and individual musicianship and commitment to their chosen repertoire places them at the very forefront of modern-day specialists in the performance of Renaissance vocal music ... A disc which is not only a real treat to the ears but a most valuable and worthwhile exposé of little-known repertoire ... Unfailingly compelling and absorbing performances ... It is the Mass which, at 25 minutes, dominates the disc and shows most obviously the many strengths of this outstanding vocal ensemble ... At the start of the Kyrie, for example, we have a layered texutre the subtle balance of which, while seeming entirely natural, must have taken a great deal of effort to achieve. As it unfolds there is the impression of clouds parting to reveal a vast landscape as viewed from a montain top, a sense of spaciousness and a grandeur which is profoundly moving. This is a veritable jewel of a disc' (International Record Review)

'An impassioned and beautiful performance by Cinquecento ... The exceptional blend of voices and unified approach to phrasing augur well for their future as great interpreters of Renaissance music ... A marvellous affinity for Monte ... They have no need of a conductor to achieve lovely long phrases full of warmth and life ... The individual voices are all lovely, and the countertenors float above the texture without dominating it' (Early Music Review)

'An enticing snapshot of [Monte's] musical personality. Detailed word-painting and an imaginatively dramatic response to his texts' changing moods are displayed in pieces such as Ad te levavi and Miserere mei' (Daily Telegraph)

'Their performances make it clear that Monte is a composer of distinction' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Beautifully blended sound by a young pan-European vocal sextet, rich with character and individuality in rare 16th-century polyphony' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The music is beautifully performed and well worth a listen; Monte's settings are full of variety and fruity chromaticisms, and Cinquecento more than does him justice' (Choir and Organ magazine)



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>de Monte, Philippe : Miserere mei, Domine, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Mass "Ultimi miei sospiri", for 6 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Magnificat in the sixth tone, for 4 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Ad te levavi, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Fratres, ego enim accepi, motet for 6 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Asperges me, Domine, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Gaudent in caelis animae Sanctorum, for 6 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Ne timeas, Maria, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Verdelot, Phillippe : Ultimi mei sospiri, madrigal for 6 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (08/12/2007-08/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance