Lancashire Times
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Andrew Palmer
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12:48 PM 9th October 2021

Classical CD Review: Regnart - Missa Christ ist erstanden & Other Works

Regnart: Missa Christ is erstanden & Other Works
Cinquecento Ranaissance Vokal.
4 Stars

Missa Christ ist erstanden; Missa Freu dich, du werthe Christheneit; Maria fein, du klarer schein; Rühmbt alle Werck deß Herren; Wann ich nur dich hab.

Hyperion CDA68369
Available as an MP3, iTunes, CD or FLAC and ALAC formats

Hyperion has once again skillfully captured the spirit of Renaissance polyphonic vocal music in this glorious recording of Dutch composer, Jacob Regnart, who lived in the middle of the 16th century.

In addition, Cinquecento’s five professional singers originating from five European countries (Austria, Belgium, England, Germany and Switzerland) ensure the recording has an authentic feel harking back to the imperial chapel choirs of the sixteenth century. The recording venue has been well chosen, Kartause Mauerbach, Vienna, a former Carthusian monastery, founded in 1314, rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The musicianship, accuracy, clarity and quality of the vocal lines demonstrates Cinquecento’s brilliance. They use the acoustic to good effect, managing a fine balance and resonance, driving the pace of the masses when needed to reveal Regnart’s contrasting rhythmic lines.

Both the masses derive their musical material from venerable German Easter hymn tunes rather than from recent polyphonic models as was typical by the late 16th century. Regnart died in Prague in 1599, before any of the Masses he had brought with him from Innsbruck could be typeset. However, his widow oversaw the printing of no fewer than three volumes of his Mass settings.

Fastidious attention to the music and the beauty of the music confirms Cinquecento's performance credentials as one of the finest groups of its type.