Notes & Reviews:
This month, Gramophone award nominees Cinquecento add another glorious recording to their Hyperion discography. The group, comprised of six professional singers from five European countries, is rapidly becoming one of todays most admired early music ensembles. Their profound collective and individual musicianship, mellifluous phrasing, perfect intonation and commitment to their chosen repertoire are clearly apparent in this gem of a disc. Here, the group uncovers the complete surviving works of Philipp Schoendorff. Schoendorff, originally a pupil of the illustrious Philippe de Monte, was a successful choirmaster at the Prague court of the Emperor Rudolf II. Also included are a Magnificat by his teacher de Monte and the two motets on which his pupil based his masses. No fan of Renaissance polyphony should overlook this outstanding recording.
Cinquecento's famed flexibility, harmonic blend and impeccable balance are caught perfectly in the stillness of the monastery at Pernegg in Austria. This is a disc to savour.
International Record Review
[Cinquecento] gives resounding interpretations of the pieces by both composers...The ensemble's sonorous tone is based principally on a perfect balance between the voices, taut and intelligent pacing (in particular avoiding any sense of rushing in the compressed Masses) and a supremely confident shaping of musical line.
BBC Music Magazine
The voices of Cinquecento produce balanced, tuneful, clear and stylish performances...The recording deserves credit, too, for lending substance and space to the mere six voices that produce these compelling harmonies.
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