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“From this showing, Cinquecento would be well placed to advocate Vaet further. An all-male a cappella ensemble, they sound clear and bright, and articulate the music lucidly”
“Continuo lacrimas, Vaet’s gracious lament on the death of the composer Clemens non Papa, is a small masterpiece both in technique and emotional resonance … Cinquecento is an all-male vocal ensemble with members drawn from five European countries … The voices are young, lithe, pure in
intonation and warm in timbre - in short, ideal for interpreting Renaissance polyphony. Their phrasing is supple, mellifluous and understated, while always alert to the musical rhetoric … No lover of Renaissance polyphony should overlook this outstanding début recording”
“[Vaet] The fine motets recorded here suggest that his skill in achieving the closest possible union between text and music was comparable with that of Lassus. This is especially obvious in the darkly sonorous Videns Dominus, which tells the
story of the raising of Lazarus, with its slow sustained evocation of Jesus’s grief, and the climactic rising and falling scale figures symbolising the opening of the tomb … Cinquecento’s six male voices produce a rich and expressive sound … this is a very promising debut disc”
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