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William Byrd (1540-1623): Infelix Ego, mass for 5 voices; Motets; Alfonso Ferrabosco; Philippus de Monte / Collegium Vocale Gent, Herreweghe

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 5 voices, C. 52
>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>de Monte, Philippe : Miserere mei, Domine, motet for 5 voices
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent present their third project for Phi focussing on vocal music of the Renaissance. This time, it is the English composer William Byrd (c.1540-1623) who is being honoured. The title of the programme is that of Byrd’s motet Infelix ego, one of the greatest artistic statements of the 16th century. Its text is a meditation on Psalm 50, written by the Dominican Girolamo Savonarola, a remarkable man who waged a campaign against the corrupt Medici family in Florence. Taking the form of several rhetorical questions and assertions, the text describes all the emotions felt by a tormented soul: guilt, fear, embarrassment, anger but above all the gift of deliverance upon acceptance of Christ’s mercy. Byrd seems to have felt a powerful emotional connection with the words. The Collegium Vocale Gent also presents the Mass for 5 Voices and a selection of motets by Byrd, along with Alfonso Ferrabosco’s Peccantem me quotidie a5 and Philippus de Monte’s Miserere mei a5.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The Mass for Five Voices is also a part of the clandestine Catholic culture of that time. Byrd's three mass settings were published anonymously between 1592 and 1595 for the use of Catholic congregations that met in secret. They represent a notable stylistic departure from masses by pre-Reformation English composers in that they embody the reforms advocated by the Council of Trent th respect to clarity of word declamation. Byrd includes some striking instances of word painting, as in the rising figure at the words "Et ascendit in coelum" from the Credo. The performance here is as beautiful and sensitive as I have ever heard. Readers looking for a recording of this repertory will not go wrong.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013).



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>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale Gent
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 5 voices, C. 52
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Miserere mei, Domine, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano, Italy (08/03/2013-08/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance