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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: 2 minutes 16 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)

La dolce vista della donna mia
composer
6vv; published in the second edition of the first book of six-voice madrigals, 1569
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Italian madrigal La dolce vista della donna mia is a work of the Italian period of Philippe de Monte, known to us from the second edition of his first book of madrigals for six voices (1569). This gently nostalgic piece of an elegiac, inward character was extremely popular and was frequently reprinted, sometimes in lute tablature. Monte himself reused it for a Mass in eight voices for two choirs.

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

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