31 Mar 2017

Divine Theatre

Divine Theatre: Motets by Giaches de Wert
Stile Antico
Harmonia Mundi HMM807620

[...] The astonishingly vivid Ascendente Jesu in naviculam, which tells of Jesus and his disciples at sea in a storm, probably best showcases Stile Antico’s extrovert potential. Alongside this, a magnificent, if rather statuesque performance of Vox in Rama offers a refined and sonorous approach characterised by the slow, soporific atmospheres that Stile Antico often favour in continental polyphony. It is testament to Wert’s emotional immediacy that this album is one of their most engaging recordings: polyphony to grab one’s attention rather than to carpet a devotional daydream.

To read the full text of this article please visit www.gramophone.co.uk (April 2007)

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