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Spring by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
Real Adademia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67733
Recording details: May 2008
Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria
Produced by Stephen Rice
Engineered by Markus Wallner
Release date: March 2009
Total duration: 4 minutes 49 seconds

'Stunning … Cinquecento's one-to-a-part approach, with countertenors on the top lines, is ideally suited to this repertory and really works wonders … at telling moments they modulate their delivery to considerable expressive effect … this highly accomplished singing does not draw attention to itself (or at least, not unduly) but focuses attention squarely on the composer. But for his early death, Vaet would have almost certainly emerged as a leading figure of his generation … this deserves to be widely heard' (Gramophone)

'A delicious feast of harmonic tension and inwardly-sensed architecture [Spiritus Domini]. Other gems include the expressive Miserere mei and a brilliant Salve Regina' (BBC Music Magazine)

Antevenis virides
6vv; August 1566; In laudem Illustrissimi Principis Albertis Bavariae Ducis
author of text
surtitled Acrostichis rhythmis musicis ab Orlando donata

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Vaet’s motet Antevenis virides was written in honour of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, a ruler notable for his enlightened patronage of the greatest composer of the day, Lassus. The poem, which according to its text source was linked with Lassus (although no setting by him survives), is an acrostic on the Duke’s Latin name, Albertus. As was by this time customary for such laudatory verse, it is written in Classical hexameters—though particularly convoluted ones—and praises Albrecht’s rule in general and specifically his role as a patron, apparently so great that he could instruct the Muses themselves. Vaet’s setting contributes to the Humanist air of the poetry by subtle control of word-stress in a largely homophonic texture, following both the natural accentuation of the words and the pattern of the poetic metre.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2009

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