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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 28 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)

Ecce apparebit Dominus
author of text
Revelation 14: 14; Deuteronomy 33: 2; Revelation 19: 16; Second Antiphon at Vespers, Third Sunday of Advent

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
One aspect of Vaet’s compositional style that distinguishes him from the older generation of Clemens is a particularly vivid approach to word-setting. In Ecce apparebit Dominus, the image of the Lord appearing ‘upon a white cloud, and with him thousands of the saints’ is conjured up by a vigorous opening phrase strongly indicating the sense of motion of the heavenly host towards the listener; contrasted with this is the much more grandiose exhortation in the second half of the piece for Jerusalem to rejoice with joy.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2009

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