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Magnificat Quant'in mille anni il ciel

circa 1583; 6vv SSATTB; based on the eponymous madrigal by Noletto (Nollet) published in 1546
author of text
Luke 1: 46-55

The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
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Recording details: September 2010
The Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Justin Lowe
Release date: August 2011
Total duration: 9 minutes 26 seconds

Cover artwork: Sibyl (c1540) by Francesco Ubertini Verdi Bachiacca (c1494-1557)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The Brabant Ensemble's singers sound thoroughly engaged in their tribute to Lassus, with a rich tone-spectrum allowing for maximum appreciation of his fluid, elegant polyphony' (Choir & Organ)

'They certainly are astonishing in their harmonic daring, moving from C major via G major and B major to C sharp minor in the bat of an eyelid, and are wonderfully captured here by the suavely assured Brabant Ensemble under scholarly Stephen Rice. The prologue and 12 movements that make up Prophetiae Sibyllarum are joined by a Mass, a magnificat and three marvellous motets, including the sumptuous Tristis est anima mea. Listen and be moved' (The Observer)

'The performances throughout are wonderfully persuasive, with nothing arch or affected in the way in which the texts are presented; expressively, music that is as highly wrought as any of its time is made to seem completely natural' (The Guardian)

'In his day, de Lassus was more celebrated than his contemporary Palestrina and even more prolific, although today their relative pre-eminence is reversed. This disc is typically representative of The Brabant Ensemble's intention to record and promulgate somewhat lesser-known music from the first half of the sixteenth century. Devotees of the period will welcome its austere, otherworldly beauty' (MusicWeb International)
The Magnificat Quant’in mille anni il ciel, composed around 1583, is based on a madrigal by the little-known composer Noletto or Nollet published in 1546: unusually, the closest resemblance between madrigal and Magnificat is found in the last polyphonic verse rather than at the beginning of the parody. Sharing the SSATTB scoring of Missa Amor ecco colei, this Magnificat setting also plays off higher versus lower voices extensively, a technique to which the structure of the canticle’s verses lends itself particularly well.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2011

Le Magnificat Quant’in mille anni il ciel, rédigé vers 1583, repose sur un madrigal du compositeur méconnu Noletto (ou Nollet) publié en 1546. Par extraordinaire, la plus étroite ressemblance entre les deux se trouve non pas au début de la parodie mais dans le dernier verset polyphonique. Partageant la distribution SSATTB de la Missa Amor ecco colei, ce Magnificat joue aussi abondamment de l’opposition entre voix supérieures et inférieures, une technique à laquelle la structure des versets du cantique se prête particulièrement bien.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Dem Magnificat Quant’in mille anni il ciel, das um 1583 herum entstand, liegt ein Madrigal des kaum bekannten Komponisten Noletto oder Nollet zugrunde, das 1546 publiziert worden war. Ungewöhnlich ist, dass die größte Ähnlichkeit zwischen Madrigal und Magnificat sich in dem letzten polyphonen Vers anstatt zu Beginn der Parodie findet. Diese Magnificat-Vertonung hat dieselbe Anlage wie die Missa Amor ecco colei (SSATTB) und die hohen und tiefen Stimmen werden in ähnlicher Weise einander gegenübergestellt—eine Technik, die sich für die Struktur der Verse des Canticums besonders gut eignet.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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