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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: 5 minutes 16 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)

Spiritus Domini
author of text
Magnificat Antiphon, Whit Sunday, adapted; after Acts 2: 3-4

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Spiritus Domini is unusual among the motets of Vaet, and indeed those of his contemporaries, by being structured around a cantus firmus in long notes. The subject of the motet is the Pentecost theme of the Holy Spirit going out into the world, and perhaps this image suggested the idea of a sacred chant surrounded by the more worldly elements of five other voice parts composed by Vaet.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2009

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