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For this week's Choral Featured Album, we present Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre, Sacred Motets, the new release from London vocal ensemble Stile Antico. Comprising 13 tracks, the program includes Gaudete in Domino, Virgo Maria hodie ad coelum, Vox in Rama audita est, and more.
About the Recording (from the Stile Antico site):
Stile Antico's newest recording explores the fascinating sacred music of Giaches de Wert. Best known as a madrigalist, Wert is often cited as as a major influence on Monteverdi, but his religious works have until now received little attention. In this rich selection of motets, his skill as a composer of sacred music is established beyond doubt. A consummate word-painter, Wert was drawn to narrative texts, which allow his uniquely dramatic style full reign - most memorably in the stories of Christ calming the storm and the conversion of St Paul.
Stile Antico - Official Site