A 4CD with sacred vocal music by a master of the Flemish School of Polyphonists, Jakobus Vaet (1529‐1567).
Little is known about Vaet’s early years. We find him as Kapellmeister of the Hapsburg emperor Maximilian II in Vienna, where he was in high regard.
Vaet may be considered the link between Josquin Desprez and Palestrina.
His polyphony, influenced by Clemens non Papa and Orlando di Lasso, is highly cultivated, and allows some daring dissonances. This substantial collection contains Masses, Motets, a Magnificat and a Requiem.
Excellent performances by the Dufay Ensemble, conducted by Eckehard Kiem, previously issued on the Ars Musici label, and awarded with several international prizes, among which a Diapason d’Or.
The booklet contains extensive liner notes and the original texts.