Stile Antico - Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre, Sacred Motets
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, d. booklet | 67:12 min | 273 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi – HMM 807620 | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017
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'.