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Giaches DE WERT: Divine Theater: Sacred Motets – Stile Antico – Harmonia mundi

Giaches DE WERT: Divine Theater: Sacred Motets – Stile Antico – Harmonia mundi

Giaches DE WERT: Divine Theater: Sacred Motets – Stile Antico – Harmonia mundi SACD 807620, 67:19 (2/ 24/ 17) [Distr. by PIAS] ****:  (Helen Ashby, Kate Ashby, Rebecca Hickey, (sopranos) Eleanor Harries, Kate Schofield, Emma Ashby, (altos) Jim Clements, Andrew Griffiths, Benedict Hymas, Ashley Turnell, (tenors) Will Dawes, Thomas Flint Matthew O’Donovan (basses)) Late Renaissance Polyphony from the Court of Mantua performed by the radiant Stile Antico ensemble. There are a number of first-rate a capella vocal groups specializing in Renaissance polyphony. Their virtues are the same: balance, purity of voice, the finest feeling for drama. The groups are supported by deep scholarship (evidenced in this recording by the substantial liner-notes, a veritable treatise on the late Renaissance) as well as superb sound engineering. Stile Antico is without doubt among the very best of our generation in this genre, having delivered a flawless series of polyphonic masterpieces in interesting programs. They differ from their peers in one attractive feature: they have no conductor. The picture on the disc back shows a group of 12 (one to take the picture?) in a circle, the emblem of completeness and balance. The sonics of all Stile Antico Super-Audio recordings place the listener inside […]

Roma Aeterna (PALESTRINA, VICTORIA & Others) – New York Polyphony – BIS

Roma Aeterna (PALESTRINA, VICTORIA & Others) – New York Polyphony – BIS

“Roma Aeterna” [TrackList follows]- New York Polyphony – Works by PALESTRINA, DE VICTORIA AND GUERRERO; TIM KEELER; ANDREW FUCHS; JONATHAN WOODY – BIS multichannel SACD: BIS-2203 TT: 72:07 (6/3/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Lovely music and a fine recording make this a most listenable disc. This is a lovely disc from BIS, featuring two masses that are stunningly recorded and performed. Previous discs by the New York Polyphony have explored music from the renaissance and contemporary works, but this disc is anchored generally in the 16th century, with a program centered on two of the greatest composers of the era – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Palestrina’s polyphonic art has influenced composers throughout the ages, and his Missa Papae Marcelli is often regarded as the crowning glory of vocal music from the era. His slightly younger colleague Tomás Luis de Victoria was born in Spain, but went to Rome to study and remained there for two decades. During that time he published a number of works, including Missa O quam gloriosum and the motet Gaudent in coelis. The disc also offers a short work by Francisco Guerrero. The program includes works scored for four as well […]

TANEYEV:  Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 = Quartet No. 9; Quartet No. 6 – Carpe Diem String Q. – Naxos

TANEYEV: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 = Quartet No. 9; Quartet No. 6 – Carpe Diem String Q. – Naxos

The Carpe Diem String Quartet extends its gratifying traversal of Sergey Taneyev’s chamber music. TANEYEV:  Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 = Quartet No. 9 in A Major; Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op. 19 – Carpe Diem String Quartet – Naxos 8.573470, 65:42 (12/11/15) ****: The Carpe Diem String Quartet – Charles Wetherbee and Amy Galluzzo, violins;  Korina Fujiwara, viola; Carol Ou, cello – continue (rec. December 2013 – May 2014) their survey of the quartets of Sergey Taneyev (1856-1915), whom Tchaikovsky referred to as “the Russian Bach” in homage to Taneyev’s mastery of polyphonic procedures.  No less evident, Taneyev’s control of his materials in sonata-form makes him an outstanding exponent of Classical style. From the outset of the 1883 Quartet No. 9 in A Major, we feel the spirit of Tchaikovsky behind the lush harmonizations of melodies in Russian folk idioms, set in A Major and E Major. Charles Wetherbee’s first violin remains quite active, as does Ms. Ou’s cello, which imparts the main theme in an affecting a minor to begin the development section. The key of E Major opens the Andante movement, a 6/8 tender lullaby whose middle section modulates to c-sharp minor, permitting violaist Korine […]