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Monte: Missa Ultimi miei sospiri CD


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  • Performer: Cinquecento
  • Composer: Philippe de Monte, Philippe Verdelot
  • Audio CD (28 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0016J9P5A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Miserere Mei, Deus - Philippus de Monte
2. Kyrie - Philippe De Monte
3. Gloria - Philippe De Monte
4. Credo - Philippe De Monte
5. Sanctus - Philippe De Monte
6. Agnus Dei - Philippe De Monte
7. Magnificat Sexti Toni - Philippus de Monte
8. Ad Te Levavi - Philippus de Monte
9. Fratres, Ego Enim Accepi - Philippus de Monte
10. Asperges Me, Domine - Philippus de Monte
11. Gaudent In Caelis Animae Sanctorum - Philippus de Monte
12. N Timeas, Maria - Philippus de Monte
13. Ultimi Miei Sospiri - Philippe Verdelot

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Miserere mei, Deus - Missa Ultimi miei sospiri - Magnificat sexti toni - Ad te levavi - Fratres, ego enim accepi - Asperges me, Domine - Gaudent in caelis animae Sanctorum - Ne timeas, Maria... / Cinquecento

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
Considering his vast output of music, Philippe de Monte doesn't feature in the catalogue all that much, which is a shame as this disc shows that he was a composer of real stature who produced some very fine works. I had previously known de Monte largely through his famously sending his lovely motet Super flumina Babylonis to Byrd, lamenting the oppression of Catholics in England (and Byrd responding with a fabulous setting of Quomodo cantabimus?) This disc comprises a very fine mass setting, a Magnificat and several motets and is a very welcome addition to my collection.

Cinquecento sing the music superbly. The beautiful sound which was such a feature of their disc of Regnart's music Regnart: Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae is here too. They are an all-male sextet with top lines sung by countertenors, so the pitch is relatively low and this and the resonant acoustic gives a fabulous, warm, enveloping sound which loses none of the detail and expressiveness of either the music itself or the fine performance. Intonation is impeccable and the singing is wonderfully clean and sympathetic to the text without disturbing the overall beauty of the sound. The combination of top-quality performance with excellent recorded sound makes this a favourite disc of mine and I recommend it very warmly indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Well OK, not quite. The "Full Monte" would comprise over a thousand madrigals, 38 mass settings, around 250 motets and 144 "madrigali spirituali". With such a huge output it seems mystifying that Philippe de Monte's name has fallen into obscurity unlike some of his contemporaries such as Palestrina and Lassus who have basked in considerable glory. On the evidence of the mass (Missa 'Ultimi miei sospiri'), six motets and a Magnificat presented here (along with a madrigal of Philippe Verdelot providing the basis for the mass), it's not as if he was just knocking out substandard pieces, as the quality stands right alongside the other great composers of the age. I make no apologies for quoting the sleeve notes which themselves quote from the Grove Dictionary of Music, which describes Monte's music as "unfolding in unhurried, sometimes quite melismatic lines, with little evidence of post-Tridentine concerns about textual clarity".

Every disc by the sextet "Cinquecento" is a wonder, and this is no exception. There is probably no better exponent of Renaissance polyphony around right now. The recorded sound is truly excellent, and as usual there are useful notes on the pieces by Stephen Rice, along with full Latin (and Italian for the Verdelot madrigal) texts and translations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended 26 Feb 2009
By John Weretka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the newest recording of a still relatively new group - not that you'd know it. The performance by Cinquecento is itself enough to recommend this recording: a superbly blended sound in which the creaminess of the falsettists is balanced perfectly in the all-male ensemble. Also superbly blended is the ensemble musicianship. This is an ensemble that points all the time in one direction only, straight towards the music. And what magnificent music this is. The disc comprises De Monte's Missa Ultimi miei sospiri and eight slighter motets (including Ultimi miei sospiri by Verdelot, on which the mass is based). The centrepiece is clearly the mass, which is richly sung and darkly coloured. The motets, from this prolific motet writer, are definitely slighter but perfectly etched in conception and performance. I look forward to hearing more both of composer and ensemble.
The track listing given by Amazon is incorrect and should be:
1. Philippe De Monte - Miserere mei Deus
2. Philippe De Monte - Missa Ultima miei sospiri: Kyrie
3. Philippe De Monte - Missa Ultima miei sospiri: Gloria
4. Philippe De Monte - Missa Ultima miei sospiri: Credo
5. Philippe De Monte - Missa Ultima miei sospiri: Sanctus and Benedictus
6. Philippe De Monte - Missa Ultima miei sospiri: Agnus Dei
7. Philippe De Monte - Magnificat sexti toni
8. Philippe De Monte - Ad te levavi
9. Philippe De Monte - Fratres, ego enim accepi
10. Philippe De Monte - Asperges me, Domine
11. Philippe De Monte - Gaudent in cælis animæ sanctorum
12. Philippe De Monte - Ne timeas, Maria
13. Philippe Verdelot - Ultimi miei sospiri
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A very fine disc 11 July 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Considering his vast output of music, Philippe de Monte doesn't feature in the catalogue all that much, which is a shame as this disc shows that he was a composer of real stature who produced some very fine works. I had previously known de Monte largely through his famously sending his lovely motet Super flumina Babylonis to Byrd, lamenting the oppression of Catholics in England (and Byrd responding with a fabulous setting of Quomodo cantabimus?) This disc comprises a very fine mass setting, a Magnificat and several motets and is a very welcome addition to my collection.

Cinquecento sing the music superbly. The beautiful sound which was such a feature of their disc of Regnart's music Regnart: Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae is here too. They are an all-male sextet with top lines sung by countertenors, so the pitch is relatively low and this and the resonant acoustic gives a fabulous, warm, enveloping sound which loses none of the detail and expressiveness of either the music itself or the fine performance. Intonation is impeccable and the singing is wonderfully clean and sympathetic to the text without disturbing the overall beauty of the sound. The combination of top-quality performance with excellent recorded sound makes this a favourite disc of mine and I recommend it very warmly indeed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Who is This De Monte Guy Anyway? 9 Dec 2010
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm kidding, of course. Philippe de Monte (1521-1603) was one of the best known, most succesful, and most prolific composers of his era, a Frenchman who worked in Naples, joined the chapel of Philip II in Spain, traveled to England where he socialized with William Byrd, and then spent thirty-five years as Kapellmeister at the Austrian Habsburg Court, under both Maximilian II and Rudolf II. He was in effect the musical Big Dog of Europe in his lifetime, evidenced by the vast amount of his music that has survived: over 1000 madrigals in thirty-four published editions, 144 spiritual madrigals, 250 motets, thirty-eight masses .... yet this CD is one of only two devoted to his work that I regard as well sung! Listening to this performance, that neglect seems inconceivable. Why isn't Philippe de Monte as widely known and oft-recorded as Josquin or Palestrina?

That's what a really superb performance can do for a long-dead composer, or so I hope: skyrocket his work to prominence. I suspect that this sextet of young male singers, Cinquecento, could chant the Vienna phone book or the autobiography of Sarah Palin and make it beautiful. But de Monte deserves such artistry; the six-part Missa Ultimi miei sospiri, based on the secular madrigal of the same title by Philppe Verdelot, is a major masterwork of the transition from Franco-Flemish domination to the post-Tridentine formulae of Palestrina, more akin in rhythm excitement to the former yet approaching the chromatic intensity of the latter. The seven de Monte motets that share this CD are equally powerful, artful polyphony for four to six voices, all sung one on a part.

I can think of several venerable Early Music vocal ensembles, chiefly British, that should be shaking in their professional boots after hearing this performance by Cinquecento, a consort formed in 2004, with five fantastically fine CDs already on the market, including masses by Adrian Willaert, Jakob Regnart, and Jacobus Vaet. Who's likely to buy another stuffy distorted big choir CD -- poorly balanced, mixed voices, probably transposed up, baton conducted -- when there are recordings of this quality, more robust in timbre, freer in polyphonic phrasing, better in tuning, more expressive and yet more historically authentic to boot, by Cinquecento, Stimmwerck, Blue Heron, and other 'emerging' ensembles? Among those three, I'd have a hard time selecting the most skillful, but fortunately they are all focusing on different repertoires, Blue Heron on Dufay and other Burgundians, Stimmwerck on German composers of the 15th C, and Cinquecento on the Habsburg court composers of the 16th C. Take warning, Tallis Scholars! These young men can sing you under the table.
Five Stars 22 Nov 2014
By Richard Sears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
very good
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