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The Last Supper (1467) by Dieric Bouts (c1415-1475)
Track(s) taken from CDH55323
Recording details: December 1996
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 1997
Total duration: 4 minutes 54 seconds

'This second instalment of Gombert from Henry's Eight is cause for celebration. Gombert has found worthy champions' (Gramophone)

'A magnificent piece … beautifully poised singing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Surely an absolute classic of the years around 1530, full of details that ravish the ear. Henry's Eight presents it with a wonderful balance and tact' (BBC Record Review)

'Gloriously rich and sensitive performances of magnificent music' (Classic CD)

'Une partition puissante éclairée avec ferveur et magnificence par les voix d'Henry's Eight' (Répertoire, France)

In illo tempore
composer
6vv; published in Venice in 1539
author of text
Luke 11: 27-28

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The six-part In illo tempore, a setting of part of the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent, was published in Venice in 1539. It is difficult to say what particular qualities of the piece caused Monteverdi to select it as the model for his six-part Mass of the same name. What is significant is that with a repertoire from Josquin to Palestrina and Lassus to choose from for a major work in the old style (‘prima prattica’) dedicated to the Pope, Monteverdi chose a piece by Gombert, including in his title the ten points of imitation selected from the motet as the basis of the work.

from notes by John O'Donnell © 1997

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