Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre

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Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre


Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Early Music

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27th Jan 2017




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Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre

Sacred Motets


Gaudete in Domino

Hoc enim sentite in vobis

Saule, Saule

Vox in Rama

Amen, amen dico vobis

Egressus Jesus

Peccavi super numerum

O crux ave

Ascendente Jesu

Virgo Maria hodie ad coelum

Quiescat vox tua

Deus iustus, et salvans

O altitudo divitiarum


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Read our exclusive interview withStile founder-member Will Dawes about the project here.

Franco-Flemish composer Giaches de Wert wrote a considerable amount of sacred music during the late Renaissance, but little of it was published during his lifetime. Only three books of motets were released in 1566 and 1581. Stile Antico's new album introduces us to another side of this composer who, though Flemish-born, spent most of his life in Italy, primarily in Mantua, where he was to remain for the rest of his life, though not without maintaining connections (both musical and, during the mid-late 1580s, romantic) with the court at Ferrara, where the lively musical life must have been a welcome distraction from his not-always-happy existence at the Mantuan court. The unique and dramatic style of these remarkable motets cannot fail to ravish explorers of this 'divine theatre'.

Giaches de Wert: Gaudete in Domino

Gaudete in Domino

Giaches de Wert: Hoc enim sentite in vobis

Hoc enim sentite in vobis

Giaches de Wert: Saule, Saule

Saule, Saule

Giaches de Wert: Vox in Rama audita est

Vox in Rama audita est

Giaches de Wert: Amen, amen dico vobis

Amen, amen dico vobis

Giaches de Wert: Egressus Jesus

Egressus Jesus

Giaches de Wert: Peccavi super numerum

Peccavi super numerum

Giaches de Wert: O Crux ave, spes unica

O Crux ave, spes unica

Giaches de Wert: Ascendente Jesu in naviculam

Ascendente Jesu in naviculam

Giaches de Wert: Virgo Maria hodie ad coelum

Virgo Maria hodie ad coelum

Giaches de Wert: Quiescat vox tua a ploratu

Quiescat vox tua a ploratu

Giaches de Wert: Deus iustus, et salvans

Deus iustus, et salvans

Giaches de Wert: O altitudo divitiarum

O altitudo divitiarum

Financial Times

20th January 2017


“This selection of motets, mostly for five or six voices, is unexpectedly rich in imagination, variety, and often sheer joyful energy, and the performances boast a high-quality technical brilliance.”

Audiophile Audition

11th February 2017

“The rewards of this outstanding disc are double. On one hand, one is presented with the marvel of High Polyphony performed to perfection. On the other hand, there is a feeling that new doors have been opened...Monteverdi and all the magnificence of the new worldly celebration of the Baroque is just around the corner, and yet we still have our bearings in a splendid world that makes perfect sense.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2017

“It is a testament to Werts's emotional immediacy that this album is one of their (Stile Antico's) most engaging recording; polyphony to grab one's attention rather than to carpet a devotional daydream”

BBC Music Magazine

June 2017


“Stile Antico brings experience and a steady technique to these pieces…in the joyous opening motet ‘Gaudete in Domino’ they are fresh and exuberant…[and] their ‘Quiescat vox’ is beautiful as is their affective portrayal of the rich, mannerist dissonances of ‘Amen, amen dico vobis’”

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