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  • Composer: Willaert
  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B003IEAMEE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mente Tota
  2. Kyrie
  3. Gloria
  4. Credo
  5. Sanctus and Benedictus
  6. Agnus Dei
  7. Laus Tibi, Sacra Rubens
  8. Creator Omnium, Deus
  9. O Iubar, Nostrae Specimen Salutis
  10. Verbum Bonum Et Suave
  11. Quid Non Ebrietas?
  12. Concordes Adhibete Animos

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Cinquecento - Renaissance Vokal

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The programme here opens with Josquin des Prez' motet "Mente tota", basis for Adrian Willaert's mass. Although included for that reason, it's a marvellous work in itself and in the hands of the vocal ensemble Cinquecento it makes for a stunning opener. (Incidentally the piece is part of Josquin's "Vultuum tuum deprecabuntur" motet series, which can be heard in full on the excellent Orlando Consort disc Josquin Desprez - Motets.)

The six-part mass is truly a wonder to hear; the booklet intimates that it is probably one of his earliest works, and if so - this is my first substantial experience of Willaert - then what treasures must await me from his later oeuvre? There follow five of his motets for four, five or six voices - these include "Verbum bonum et suave", about which there is an anecdote that Willaert, arriving in Rome and finding this motet, regarded as one of the most beautiful compositions of the day, being sung in the Papal chapel but ascribed to the pen of Josquin, on indignantly pointing out that it was *his* work, found that the singers in their "malignity" and "ignorance" declined to sing it ever again.

The disc concludes with the motet "Concordes adhibete animos" by Cipriano de Rore, who was closely connected with Willaert though not necessarily a student of his as is often claimed, composed "in mortem Adriani Willaert". This is not by any means a sombre lament but seems geared towards a joyful celebration of Willaert's life and music.

The multinational vocal ensemble Cinquecento deserve greater recognition. They display superb technical ability and are so well-balanced as a group. They are, without doubt, among the very best of the Renaissance vocal outfits on the scene right now.

A great composer; a great vocal ensemble; a great recording. 'Nuff said.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 July 2011
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This is a beautiful disc of the music of Adrian Willaert, one of the great composers of the first half of the 16th Century. Willaert served in one of Europe's most prestigious musical posts of the time as maestro di capella at San Marco in Venice for 35 years which gives an idea of his eminence, and it is good to see his music attracting more attention. This disc includes the early mass Mente tota and the motet by Josquin on which it is based, some of Willaert's four-, five-, and six-part motets, and the motet composed by Cipriano de Rore on Willaert's death. It is a lovely and fascinating programme of very fine compositions. The motet Verbum bonum et suave in particular is quite wonderful and the disc is worth buying for this piece alone in my view.

Over the last few years Cinquecento have established themselves as being among the finest ensembles performing this music, and this disc lives up to that reputation. They are technically excellent with flawless intonation, a lovely balance and blend, and a genuine engagement with the music. As an all-male ensemble they sing a relatively low pitch with countertenors taking top lines and this, combined with an ideally resonant acoustic, produces a full, rich sound which is phenomenally lovely. The recorded sound from Hyperion is, as always, excellent and the notes very informative (if a little dry). All of Cinquecento's recordings have been excellent (their discs of Regnart Regnart: Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae and Vaet Vaet: Missa Ego Flos Campi are among my very favourite CDs) and this stands with the best of them, I think.
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HASH(0x93d49bf4) out of 5 stars Another excellent disc from Cinquecento 11 July 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful disc of the music of Adrian Willaert, one of the great composers of the first half of the 16th Century. Willaert served in one of Europe's most prestigious musical posts of the time as maestro di capella at San Marco in Venice for 35 years which gives an idea of his eminence, and it is good to see his music attracting more attention. This disc includes the early mass Mente tota and the motet by Josquin on which it is based, some of Willaert's four-, five-, and six-part motets, and the motet composed by Cipriano de Rore on Willaert's death. It is a lovely and fascinating programme of very fine compositions. The motet Verbum bonum et suave in particular is quite wonderful and the disc is worth buying for this piece alone in my view.

Over the last few years Cinquecento have established themselves as being among the finest ensembles performing this music, and this disc lives up to that reputation. They are technically excellent with flawless intonation, a lovely balance and blend, and a genuine engagement with the music. As an all-male ensemble they sing a relatively low pitch with countertenors taking top lines and this, combined with an ideally resonant acoustic, produces a full, rich sound which is phenomenally lovely. The recorded sound from Hyperion is, as always, excellent and the notes very informative (if a little dry). All of Cinquecento's recordings have been excellent (their discs of Regnart Regnart: Missa Super Oeniades Nymphae and Vaet Vaet: Missa Ego flos campi are among my very favourite CDs) and this stands with the best of them, I think. Very warmly recommended.

(You may also be interested in another excellent and very reasonably priced disc of Willaert's music by Oxford Camerata on Naxos Willaert: Missa Christus Resurgens, Magnificat Sexti Toni, etc / Summerly, Oxford Camerata)
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HASH(0x92e11dc8) out of 5 stars The Dardanelles and the Straits of Gibraltar 30 Nov. 2010
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
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Perhaps no composer has ever stood more stoutly at the 'crossroads of musical history' than Adrian Willaert. Virtually all the threads of 15th Renaissance musical theory were braided together in Willaert's dense but graceful 6-part motets and masses; Willaert was so patently the compositional heir of Josquin that one of his earliest motets -- Verbum bonum et suave, track 10 on this CD -- was attributed to Josquin and performed at the Vatican before Willaert had even traveled to Rome. But Willaert's influence on the future of music in Italy, through his pupils Ciprinao da Rore and Andrea Gabrieli and by way of his 35-years as Maestro di Capella at St Mark's in Venice, has to be regarded as seminal. Willaert was accaliemed by his contemporaries as the 'inventor' of the antiphonal style in vocal music, the first composer of the vast polychoral motets, synthesizing his contrapuntal mastery with the flare of Venetian canzone for wind instruments. One might say that the currents of Burgundian and Franco-Flemish music had to flow through Willaert, as Venetian commerce flowed through the Dardanelles, before spreading through the Italian masters of the next several generations. Willaert's influence on Palestrina, the Gabrielis, Marenzio, and eventually on Monteverdi was immense.

Willaert was born in Bruges around1490. Thus he was about 40 years younger than Josquin, whom he never met face to face. He first left Bruges to study law in Paris, but after meeting Josquin's pupil Jean Mouton, he effectively 'ran away from law school' to become a musician. In 1515 he traveled to Rome and in 1520 he accepted the patronage of the d'Este court in Ferrara, where his 'best' musical student and eventual heir was his Flemish countryman Cipriano da Rore (1515-1565). In 1527, Willaert took up the task of restoring Venice to its proper preeminence in musical Italy; that preeminence would persist for the next 200 years, through the early baroque, from Willaert to Vivaldi.

The selection of music on this CD illustrates Willaert's historical significance quite aptly. The first track - Mente tota - is a section of a larger motet cycle by Josquin des Prez, which provides the 'tenor' for Willaert's 6-voice Missa Mente Tota. The last track - Concordes adhibete animos - is a celebratory encomium/requiem for Willaert by his star Ferrarese pupil Cipriano. Skipping over all the pieces by Willaert himself on this CD, and listening only to the first and last tracks, one can get an idea of just how quickly the musical vocabulary of Europe had evolved during Willaert's lifetime.

Missa Mente Tota, the centerpiece of this CD, is probably one of Willaert's earliest compositions. Of the four motets that follow, only 'Creator omnium Deus' is clearly a work of Willaert's most mature years; it also exemplifies his huge influence on the next generation, being the model for later works by Orlando di Lasso. The rather mysterious motet 'Quid non ebrietas dissignat?' -- 'What doesn't drunkenness reveal?' -- contains a musical puzzle of the sort that delighted Willaert's Flemish predecessors. If you can follow the 'tenor', you'll hear that it runs through a complete 'circle of fifths' by the successive addition of flats; with just a little stretch of hyperbole, one could say that Willaert discovered and employed "equal temperament" 200 years before Bach.

Now let us praise famous men ... or men that should be famous, the six singers who comprise the ensemble Cinquecento: countertenors Terry Wey and jakob Huppman, tenors Tore Tom Denys and Thomas Künne, baritone Tim Scott Whiteley, and bass Ulfried Stabler. Founded in 2004 and based in Vienna, Cinquecento is "the hottest act in town" in the field of early Music, a field which has suddenly burst into flower with such brilliant ensembles as "The Sound and the Fury", "Stimmwerck", the renewed "Capella Pratensis", "Capella Augustana", and others. It's a day early, only Novemebre 30, but I have to declare this CD the "MUST BUY" for December 2010.
HASH(0x92c7cbc4) out of 5 stars very beautiful the motets as well 21 April 2015
By Joe D. Bonner - Published on Amazon.com
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Very, very beautiful the motets as well!
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HASH(0x92e233b4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Nov. 2014
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very good
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