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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: 3 minutes 4 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)

Filiae Jerusalem
composer
5vv
author of text
Antiphon at Vespers, Common of Martyrs in Paschal Time, adapted to include mention of Maximilian

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The short motet Filiae Jerusalem provides a fine example of the conflation of sacred and secular elements in music of this period. Its opening suggests a liturgical text: the first, busy, imitative point represents the throng of Palm Sunday observers jostling to see Jesus enter Jerusalem. However, the ‘martyr’ apparently being celebrated is in fact the emperor Maximilian, ‘with the crown with which the Lord crowned him’: the idea of emperor as martyr may possibly be a reference to Maximilian’s noted sympathy with Protestantism.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2009

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