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Vertumnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
Track(s) taken from CDA67854
Recording details: April 2010
Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by Markus Wallner
Release date: May 2011
Total duration: 6 minutes 32 seconds

'Cinquecento's famed flexibility, harmonic blend and impeccable balance are caught perfectly in the stillness of the monastery at Pernegg in Austria. This is a disc to savour' (Gramophone)

'The music, a wonderful discovery, is polyphony of the highest quality, and Cinquecento marries smooth ensemble to marvellous interpretational vision. The recorded sound is excellent, doing full justice to their almost instrumental sonorities' (Choir & Organ)

'The voices of Cinquecento produce balanced, tuneful, clear and stylish performances … the quiet tensions of the 'Et incarnatus est' section are beautifully rendered, and the Benedictus is displayed and sustained with perfect poise … the recording deserves credit, too, for lending substance and space to the mere six voices that produce these compelling harmonies' (BBC Music Magazine)

'[Cinquecento] gives resounding interpretations of the pieces … the ensemble's sonorous tone is based principally on a perfect balance between the voices, taut and intelligent pacing and a supremely confident shaping of musical line. The effect of their performances is enhanced as much by the lucid and warmly resonant recorded sound as the euphonious clarity of Schoendorff's writing' (International Record Review)

Magnificat quarti toni
composer
4vv; published in 1602
author of text
Luke 1: 46b-55

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Magnificat quarti toni for four voices by Philippe de Monte is part of a group of eight Magnificat settings (in the eight liturgical tones) which have come down to us in a manuscript of 1602. These works are probably earlier in date than the manuscript, and they may plausibly be linked with the revival of the cult of Mary mentioned above. The texture is often homophonic, with tenor and bass treated in falsobordone. The music generates an atmosphere of intimate mystical clarity.

from notes by Bénédicte Even-Lassmann © 2011
English: Charles Johnston

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