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Jacquet of Mantua: Surge Petre

Magazine article Gramophone

Jacquet of Mantua: Surge Petre

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Jacquet of Mantua

Surge Petre. Missa Surge Petre. Ave Maria. O vos omnes. In illo tempore ... Non turbetur. O pulcherrima inter mulieres. Domine, non secundum peccata nostra The Brabant Ensemble /Stephen Rice Hyperion (F) CDA68088 07 * DDD * T/t)

It has been fascinating to observe The Brabant Ensemble's campaign in favour of the many neglected composers of the mid-16th century. Next stop, Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559). Director Stephen Rice presents a cogent analysis of the reasons for the neglect, and The Brabant Ensemble back him up with a very impressive programme, whose centrepiece is a six-voice Mass based on Jacquet's own motet Surge Petre. This is a weighty, substantial work, reminiscent of Gombert in its concentration. Just as impressive are the motets, ambitious pieces displaying considerable variety. The four-voice O vos omnes is deliciously focused and brooding, and the concluding Domine, non secundum peccata nostra monumental and full of strikingly retrospective touches (suggestive of a particular motivation for its composition). …

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