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Track(s) taken from CDA67733

Ecce apparebit Dominus

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

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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

Cover artwork: Spring by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
Real Adademia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'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)
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

Ce qui distingue Vaet de ses aînés comme Clemens, c’est avant tout une approche particulièrement vivante de la mise en musique du texte. Dans Ecce apparebit Dominus, l’image du Seigneur apparaissant «sur un nuage blanc et, avec lui, les saints par milliers» est ainsi figurée par une vigoureuse première phrase qui donne fortement à l’auditeur le sentiment de mouvement de l’armée céleste; à cela s’oppose l’exhortation, bien plus grandiose, pour que Jérusalem se réjouisse (seconde moitié de l’œuvre).

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Ein Aspekt Vaets von kompositorischem Stil, der ihn von der älteren Generation Clemens’ unterscheidet, ist seine besonders lebendige Textvertonung. In Ecce apparebit Dominus wird das Bild des Herrn, wie er „über einer weißen Wolke und mit ihm Tausende der Heiligen“ erscheint, durch eine lebendige Anfangsfigur ausgedrückt, die die Bewegung der himmlischen Heerscharen in Richtung der Zuhörer deutlich nachbildet. Im Gegensatz dazu steht eine noch sehr viel eindrücklichere Ermahnung in der zweiten Hälfte des Stücks, dass Jerusalem sich freuen möge.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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