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5.0 out of 5 stars Ars longa, missa brevis, 22 April 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: Schoendorff: Complete Works (Audio CD)
This is probably the weakest disc of the seven recordings by Cinquecento. The complete works of Philipp Schoendorff comprise two masses (based respectively on a motet and madrigal of Philippe de Monte also performed here along with a magnificat from his pen), two motets and a magnificat.

In comparison to other contemporary works recorded by Cinquecento, Schoendorff's work 'suffers' a little too much from adherence to Tridentine strictures concerning textual clarity. The masses, presumably at the insistence of royal employers who would rather be spending more time repressing peasants and the like than at worship, are verging towards missa brevis style, employing some doubling up (or more) of voices, especially in the longer Gloria and Credo sections, to rattle through them more quickly.

Given Schoendorff's compliance with both Trent and his paymaster, it may be thoroughly unfair to compare against other composers on such a small sample, but on this evidence I can't quite rank him alongside Monte, Regnart, Vaet, Richafort & Willaert. Sorry Philipp.

But we do have six of the finest singers of Renaissance repertoire there are around right now, and this is enough to scrape into the five star category alongside all their other discs. Like that Pokey Man thing kids were into a few years ago, you gotta catch 'em all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Cinquecento, 23 Jun 2012
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This is another absolutely cracking disc from Cinquecento - their sixth, in each of which they have sought to record some of the less well-known works of the Renaissance repertoire. They continue to show here that there remains a huge untapped well of first-rate music from Renaissance Europe. Schoendorff was a musician in the Hapsburg court in Prague from about 1590 until his death roughly 30 years later. Of his work, only two mass settings, a Magnificat and two motets survive, all of which are recorded here. Schoendorff was a student and protégé of Philippe de Monte and the two mass settings here are based on motets by de Monte, both of which are also recorded here, and a de Monte Magnificat setting completes a very rewarding programme. It is all very fine music, beautifully sung.

Cinquecento are, as always, excellent. Countertenors take the top lines, making the pitch lower and the sound rich and resonant. They are technically superb with impeccable intonation, a lovely blend and a very direct engagement with the text, highlighted by having one voice to a part which to me brings a real personal immediacy to what they are singing. The acoustic is ideally resonant without blurring the parts and Hyperion's recorded sound captures it perfectly.

With excellent notes and very attractive presentation, this is an excellent disc all round and on a par with Cinquecento's superlative discs of Regnart Regnart: Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae, Vaet Vaet: Missa Ego Flos Campi, and Willaert Willaert: Missa Mente Tota (Missa Mente Tota/ Motets) - three of my personal favourites. Very warmly recommended.
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