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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Jacob Regnart
  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000SKO7PQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Quod Mitis sapiens nulli virtute secundus - Jacob Regnart
2. Kyrie - Cinquecento
3. Gloria - Cinquecento
4. Credo - Cinquecento
5. Sanctus and Benedictus - Cinquecento
6. Agnus Dei - Cinquecento
7. Exsultent Iusti - Jacob Regnart
8. Quare tristis es, anima mea? - Jacob Regnart
9. Stetit Jesus - Jacob Regnart
10. Inviolata - Jacob Regnart
11. Lamentabatur Jacob - Jacob Regnart
12. Stella, Quam Viderant Magi - Jacob Regnart
13. Ut vigilum densa silvam cingente corona - Jacob Regnart

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Quod mitis sapiens nulli virtute secundus - Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae - Exsultent iusti - Quare tristis es, anima mea? - Stetit Jesus - Inviolata - Lamentabatur Jacob - Stella, quam viderant Magi - Ut vigilum densa silvam cingente corona / Cinquecento, Renaissance Vokal

BBC Review

Cinquecento is an excellent all-male six-voice vocal ensemble whose members are drawn from five different European countries. Formed in Vienna in 2004, part of the group's focus has been to concentrate on the music of lesser known 16th century composers, as reflected in their acclaimed debut disc featuring music from the Court of Maximilian II. This follow-up CD of works by the little-known Flemish composer Jacob Regnart should be set for an equally glowing critical reception.

Jacob Regnart was one of five Regnart brothers who were composing to some degree or other towards the end of the 1500s. The most prolific of the brothers, the details of Jacob's life are surprisingly well documented thanks to the meticulous records kept at the time by the Habsburgs, in whose service he remained for most of his career. The CD's useful liner notes fill in some of the details of his life, and describe each of the works and the musical devices Regnart uses. The notes also put him into context by comparing and contrasting the music to that of his slightly older but better known compatriot Orlando Lassus.

This CD itself consists of two state motets, six sacred works, and the centrepiece of the disc, the Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae. The combined effect of this wonderful, timeless music and Cinquecento's brilliant performances can only be described as therapeutic. Sound-wise, with the help of a perfect acoustic setting - it was recorded at the monastery of Kloster Pernegg in Austria - and some subtle audio engineering, the six voices of Cinquecento have produced a recording of seamless, perfectly tuned and harmonically rich vocal music. The soundstage is panoramic and deep, and each voice has an almost three-dimensional place in the mix. It's like surround sound but with just two speakers, but sounds perfectly natural.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2012
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Sid Nuncius has already written a glowing review of this lovely Jacob Regnart programme, and I agree entirely with his praise of both music and performers. So I'll just add a few comments of my own about this fine addition to Cinquecento's superb series of music by lesser-known renaissance masters.

In addition to the Mass and several very fine sacred motets on this CD, among which I found "Inviolata", "Stetit Jesus" and "Exsultent iusti" especially beautiful, the disc begins with an excellent example of the celebratory motets that were sometimes written in praise of some contemporary ruler or potentate. There are a number of examples, from Isaac, Gombert and Lassus among others, in which composers found equally rich inspiration in the texts of these secular tributes as they did in praising the glory of God; and no doubt they didn't do their own careers any harm in the process. Anyway, the opening work on this disc, "Quod mitis sapiens nulli virtute secundus", is a majestic and uplifting piece in praise of Johannes Trautson, a prominent dignitary, politician and military leader; it makes a very impressive start to a programme of lovely music, performed with both beauty and clarity by this superb 6-voice male ensemble.

The cover picture also deserves a mention. It's one of several in Cinquecento's series of renaissance CDs showing paintings by the brilliantly original artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo - who, like Regnart, was employed at the imperial court of Rudolf II. He specialised in painting composite faces representing, for example, the seasons or the elements, and consisting of fruits, flowers, vegetables, animals, birds, tree branches and suchlike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2010
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Cinquecento are now well-established as a very good vocal ensemble. This was the disc which introduced me to them, and made me an instant fan. One of Cinquecento's aims is to bring more obscure Renaissance repertoire to wider attention and they succeed brilliantly with this disc. The music here is exclusively by Jacob Regnart - a composer I'd never heard of before but whose music turns out to be beautiful and very rewarding. There is a very fine mass setting and some really excellent motets here and the whole disc was a delightful revelation to me.

The group sing superbly. They are technically excellent and sing at a low pitch in the tradition of the Low Countries, with countertenors taking the top lines. This gives a very a full, resonant sound, emphasised by the resonant acoustic, while Hyperion's usual excellent recording standard means that every line is clear while blending to give a fabulous overall sound and the effect is truly lovely.

This has been a favourite disc of mine ever since I got it and I recommend it very warmly to anyone who likes Renaissance polyphony or if you just want a really rewarding, beautiful musical experience
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Very impressive music in style of Franco-Flemish school.
One mass based on the theme of secular song Oeniades Nymphae and 8 motets.
The vocal music of Jacob Regnart reminds of the works by Orlando Lassus but music by Rengart is more light. Sometimes you are getting impression that he worked as a voice painter.
The performing level of Cinquencento vocal sextet is very high. In general the record creates 3D feeling.
Music is relaxing and comfortable even for the newcomer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2013
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What? Yet another superlative Franco-Flemish composer fallen into modern day obscurity, whose music has been rediscovered and recorded by an outstanding and stunningly brilliant vocal ensemble? Well, it's just another bloody day in paradise.

This is a superb disc (aren't they all?) by the sextet Cinquecento, showcasing Regnart's compositional skill with a selection of one mass (Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae, a parody mass based on a now unknown source, most likely a secular motet by Regnart himself), six motets and two 'state motets' in praise of Maximilian II and one of his military leaders Johann Trautson. Cinquecento's huge vocal presence combines with exceptional recording quality to deliver an unsurpassable disc. As usual there are excellent notes provided by Stephen Rice, and full Latin sung texts with translations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Two Wonders for the Price of One... 14 Dec. 2009
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"Cinquecento" is Wonder #1 -- an all-male vocal ensemble, founded in 2004, singing "lesser known sixteenth century choral repertoire" and making a go of it. That they sing it very well perhaps wouldn't be enough to guarantee an audience, so one has to presume that they have 'charisma' on stage. I can't say; I haven't heard them live. On this CD, singing strictly one-on-a-part, they have all the power and grandeur one hopes to hear (and rarely does) from a larger choir, two or three voices on a part. Yet they also have the unity of attacks and diction, the transparency of tuning, and the rhythmic independence of 'lines' that characterize the best vocal ensembles like The Orlando Consort or the Hilliards. Some part of their robust sonority must come from the acoustics of Kloster Pernegg in Austria, where this recording was made, and I strongly suspect that another part comes from skilled engineering and mixing. In any case, the sound quality is superb; there's absolutely no 'white-noise' burr or distortion, even when all six voices are cadencing richly. If you like your vocal music to be "resonant", Cinquecento is the group for you.

The 2nd Wonder is the music itself. Jacob Regnart is scarcely a household name, even among choir directors. I've known of his simple but charming German dances and Lieder for decades; you know, the sort of pieces that are slipped into concert programs or onto CDs as fillers. I had no idea what a masterful composer of larger forms he was, of the polyphonic masses and motets that were the chief glory of 16th C music in Europe. There are only two CDs available of such compositions by Regnart, and the other is out of circulation.

Regnart was a contemporary of Orlando di Lasso. The two composers knew each other and each other's work. Their lives were parallel in several ways; both studied in Italy, both were boy singers, both held secure and important musical positions in the Hapsburg courts for much of their lives, and both managed to get large amounts of their music published and thus preserved. Stylistically, however, they are not so similar. Regnart was a surprisingly intellectual polyphonist - a conservative, you might say, just as Bach would be - whose musical density reminds me more of Gombert or Victoria than of Lasso. But Regnart was bolder than the others in his use of modal polyphony, particularly of the highly 'affective' Phrygian mode. His cross-relations and dissonances are positively startling, closer to the lush madrigals of Gesualdo than what one expects to hear in Latin spiritual motets. The eight motets on this CD are all massively polyphonic, in four, five, or six voices with few 'thin' patches of duet or trio. Regnart clearly intended an imposing, imperial performance, a kind of 'rolling thunder' of resonance, made fascinating by its contrapuntal complexity. That's the sound 'Cinquecento' produces.

And here's a bonus: there's a lot of Regnart's music still waiting to be recorded. Get to work, guys!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Welcome Surprise 31 Jan. 2008
By J. M. Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't let the unfamiliar names of the composer and vocal group put you off - this is a wonderful CD. From beginning to end the sumptuous sounds overwhelm and captivate the listener. Within the group, Cinquecento, there are five different nationalities and thus discussion must have taken place regarding Latin pronunciation, but the resulting music-making is truly unified and refreshing.

Apparently there were five musical Regnart brothers, but Jacob was presumably the best in composition. Here's hoping that more of his beautiful music comes to light.

I can't imagine anyone with an interest in the sacred music of the Renaissance being disappointed with this disc in any way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sacred and secular power 16 April 2012
By Stephen Midgley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fellow reviewers JMM, GB and SN have already written in glowing terms about this lovely Jacob Regnart programme, and I agree entirely with their praise of both music and performers. So I'll just add a few comments of my own on this fine addition to Cinquecento's superb series of music by lesser-known renaissance masters.

In addition to the Mass and several very fine sacred motets on this CD, among which I found "Inviolata", "Stetit Jesus" and "Exsultent iusti" especially beautiful, the disc begins with an excellent example of the celebratory motets that were sometimes written in praise of some contemporary ruler or potentate. There are a number of examples, from Isaac, Gombert and Lassus among others, in which composers found equally rich inspiration in the texts of these secular tributes as they did in praising the glory of God; and no doubt they didn't do their own careers any harm in the process. Anyway, the opening work on this disc, "Quod mitis sapiens nulli virtute secundus", is a majestic and uplifting piece in praise of Johannes Trautson, a prominent dignitary, politician and military leader; it makes a very impressive start to a programme of lovely music, performed with both beauty and clarity by this superb 6-voice male ensemble.

The cover picture also deserves a mention. It's one of several in Cinquecento's series of renaissance CDs showing paintings by the brilliantly original artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo - who, like Regnart, was employed at the imperial court of Rudolf II. He specialised in painting composite faces representing, for example, the seasons or the elements, and consisting of fruits, flowers, vegetables, animals, birds, tree branches and suchlike. The one on this CD cover represents Fire; other examples appear on the group's discs of Vaet and Philippe De Monte, but my favourite is the one on their Schoendorff disc (Schoendorff: The Complete Works). Here the artist took the somewhat risky step of painting a portrait of his employer Rudolf II, showing his head and features as a compilation of green groceries. I say risky because, sadly, history is strewn with humourless despots - Nero, Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Vlad the Impaler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Thatcher spring to mind - who were unwilling to see the funny side of a joke against themselves. But clearly Emperor Rudolf's sense of humour was remarkably intact, for the evidence indicates that even after completing this portrait Arcimboldo retained all his essential body parts - or, at the very least, those that were needed for the continuance of his artistic career.

What has all this to do with the music? Clearly not a lot, but it's still good to find a CD cover which genuinely adds to the pleasure of the contents. Altogether, then, a lovely disc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very fine disc 11 July 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cinquecento are now well-established as a very good vocal ensemble. This was the disc which introduced me to them, and made me an instant fan. One of Cinquecento's aims is to bring more obscure Renaissance repertoire to wider attention and they succeed brilliantly with this disc. The music here is exclusively by Jacob Regnart - a composer I'd never heard of before but whose music turns out to be beautiful and very rewarding. There is a very fine mass setting and some really excellent motets here and the whole disc was a delightful revelation to me.

The group sing superbly. They are technically excellent and sing at a low pitch in the tradition of the Low Countries, with countertenors taking the top lines. This gives a very a full, resonant sound, emphasised by the resonant acoustic, while Hyperion's usual excellent recording standard means that every line is clear while blending to give a fabulous overall sound and the effect is truly lovely.

This has been a favourite disc of mine ever since I got it and I recommend it very warmly to anyone who likes Renaissance polyphony or if you just want a really rewarding, beautiful musical experience
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