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Choir of New College Oxford


Philippe de Monte - Mass 'Si ambulavero' & Motets

Total Playing time: 66'47''   DDD
Recorded in the Abbaye de Valloires, Somme, France 31 March, 1 & 2 April 1998
Released 1998
CRD 3520

The Flemish composer Philippe de Monte was one of the most well-travelled composers of the Renaissance. Born in Mechelen, he served the Pinelli family in Naples before travelling to the court of Queen Mary in the retinue of her husband, King Philip V of Spain. He was subsequently appointed Kapellmeister to the Imperial Hapsburg Court and served Maximillian II in Vienna and Rudolph II in Prague. He contributed to most of the important vocal genres, including mass, motet, madrigal and chanson. This collection offers a perspective on de Monte at the height of his technical powers, showing his superb handling of vocal disposition, subtle word-painting and his flair for sophisticated canonic writing.

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Also available as part of a 5-CD box set, Choral Masterpieces of the European Renaissance (CRD5008)