The Times
October 2008

Considering that he was in charge of a chapel, the Flemish composer Gaches de Wert, who worked at the Mantuan court from 1565 until his death in 1596, published comparatively few motets. His reputation rests chiefly on his large output of Madrigals: intense, high-minded creations that strongly influenced the young Monteverdi. The 13 works here, however, from the second of his three published motet collections, are impressive, subtly, seamlessly structure and richly scored. As with his madrigals, the text is de Wert’s master. Collegium Regale (the choral scholars of King’s College, Cambridge) sing with passion.