Willaert: Missa Mente Tota; Motets

Audio Samples

>Desprez, Josquin : Mente Tota, motet for 4 parts (5th part of motet cycle "Vultum tuum")
>Willaert, Adrian : Missa Mente tota, for 6 voices
>Willaert, Adrian : Laus tibi, sacra rubens, motet for 5 voices
>Willaert, Adrian : Creator omnium, motet for 6 voices
>Willaert, Adrian : O iubar, nostrae specimen, hymn for 6 voices (Hymnorum musica)
>Willaert, Adrian : Verbum bonum, motet for 6 voices (Motecta liber primus)
>Willaert, Adrian : Quid non ebrietas, motet for 2 or 4 voices
>Rore, Cipriano de : Concordes adhibete animos, motet for 5 voices

Album Summary

>Desprez, Josquin : Mente Tota, motet for 4 parts (5th part of motet cycle "Vultum tuum")
>Willaert, Adrian : Missa Mente tota, for 6 voices
>Willaert, Adrian : Laus tibi, sacra rubens, motet for 5 voices
>Willaert, Adrian : Creator omnium, motet for 6 voices
>Willaert, Adrian : O iubar, nostrae specimen, hymn for 6 voices (Hymnorum musica)
>Willaert, Adrian : Verbum bonum, motet for 6 voices (Motecta liber primus)
>Willaert, Adrian : Quid non ebrietas, motet for 2 or 4 voices
>Rore, Cipriano de : Concordes adhibete animos, motet for 5 voices
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The all-male vocal ensemble Cinquecento have won great praise for their recordings of Renaissance rarities. Their tone, vocal flexibility, collective and individual musicianship and commitment to their chosen repertoire places them at the very forefront of modern-day specialists in this music. Their latest disc features the music of Adrian Willaert, a contemporary of Josquin and for many years chapel master of the Venetian basilica di San Marco. Two extraordinary early works, Missa Mente tota and Quid non ebrietas, testify to the composer's remarkable talent and love for complex contrapuntal constructions. Also included are four beautiful motets. The disc is completed by one of the many compositional tributes rained upon Willaert at his death: Cipriano de Rore's Concordes adhibete animos, a surprisingly joyful posthumous panegyric containing an ostinato on the words "Live on Adrian, glory of the Muses."

'The magnificent Missa Mente tota ... a tour de force ... the fluidity and flexibilty of Cinquecento's sound means that every melodic line of the work is audible ... Their placement of chords, too, is absolutely precise, but the precision and suavity never come at the cost of passion - these singers know how to make abstruse polyphony sound genuinely exciting ... This is a very fine disc indeed; I suspect that if Willaert could hear it he might think that he'd found his ideal performers' (International Record Review)

'A disc which combines one of the finest vocal ensembles in Europe currently at the height of its power with the richly scored and constantly inventive music of Adrian Willaert promises to be a revelation ... The singing throughout is superbly blended, nuanced, tuned and expressive' (Early Music Review)

'A beautifully conceived and immaculately realised sequence, sung with simple directness by the six male voices of Cinquecento' (The Guardian)

'A dissonant motet on drunkenness and a hymn to the Holy Shroud ... are among the treasures here, sung by the accomplished ensemble Cinquecento ... A stimulating disc' (The Observer)

The Guardian
It's a beautifully conceived and immaculately realised sequence, sung with simple directness by the six male voices of Cinquecento in a nicely churchy, but never overpowering, acoustic.

Gramophone Magazine
On the page [Willaert's writing] looks almost suffocatingly opaque, but that's where Cinquecento comes in. Right from the off, they seize on this quality and make it work in their favour. It's a very Flemish sound (think of a very dark Trappist ale)...slowly, it begins to make sense...and finally puts Willaert in a new light.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009).



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Works Details

>Desprez, Josquin : Mente Tota, motet for 4 parts (5th part of motet cycle "Vultum tuum")
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1480s

>Willaert, Adrian : Missa Mente tota, for 6 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Willaert, Adrian : Laus tibi, sacra rubens, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Willaert, Adrian : Creator omnium, motet for 6 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Willaert, Adrian : O iubar, nostrae specimen, hymn for 6 voices (Hymnorum musica)
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Willaert, Adrian : Verbum bonum, motet for 6 voices (Motecta liber primus)
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Willaert, Adrian : Quid non ebrietas, motet for 2 or 4 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Rore, Cipriano de : Concordes adhibete animos, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Wallfahrtskirche, St Wolfgang bei Weitra, Austria (06/19/2009-06/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral