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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky man, 8 Feb 2013
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Music for the Court of Maximilian II (Audio CD)
I'm a bit of a latecomer to Cinquecento, roughly working my way backwards through their discs. With this, their first, they certainly hit the ground running straightaway with a superlative disc like all the rest. Unlike their later releases, rather than concentrating on a single composer this recording is representative of four composers employed by the court of Maximilian II. And what a lucky bloke Max must have been (apart from being Holy Roman Emperor and extremely rich, of course).

Five motets from Jacobus Vaet (see also the later Cinquecento disc devoted to him), a prolific composer in his short life, the Missa "Ascendetis post filium" (based on Vaet's motet) of Antonius Galli, very much a non-prolific composer and apparently something of a reprobate who was censured for taking his choirboys to taverns, and a motet each from Orlando Lassus and Pieter Maessens.

I hope it's not hyperbole to say that this music performed by this ensemble is life-enriching. The ensemble Cinquecento are "ensemble in residence" at the Church of St Rochus and Sebastian in Vienna, performing polyphonic masses each week. Me, I'm turning Catholic and off to Vienna forthwith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful disc, 5 Jan 2010
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This debut disc by Cinquecento features music largely by hitherto obscure composers from the mid-16th century - a mass setting by Antonius Galli, a motet by Pieter Maessens and five motets by Jacobus Vaet - as well as a single motet by Lassus. Cinquecento are doing a fine job of bringing some very good and very beautiful music to light and the whole of this disc is lovely. For me, the highlight is the Vaet motets, which are rich, complex, varied and very beautiful. After hearing this disc I intend to get hold of their recent disc devoted entirely to Vaet - on this evidence it will be a cracker.

Cinquecento have now established themselves as fine and well-respected performers of renaissance polyphony, and this disc shows why. The music is beautifully sung and the singers are technically flawless. They are an all-male ensemble with countertenors taking the top lines so their pitch is quite low giving a rich, full sound, emphasised by a resonant acoustic. The excellent recording quality means that this never obscures the individual lines and structure of the music and the whole effect is fabulously beautiful.

Hyperion do their usual excellent job of presenting a very helpful and informative booklet (with excellent notes by Stephen Rice). I strongly recommend this disc to anyone with an interest in polyphony or to anyone who just wants a truly memorable, beautiful musical experience.
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