Festa sacred choral music, madrigals

Festa: Magnificat / Mass Parts / Motets / Madrigals
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony classical "Vivarte" SK 53116 [CD]


  1. Motet: Super flumina Babylonis (a 5)
  2. Missa Se congie pris: Kyrie (a 5)
  3. Missa Se congie pris: Gloria (a 5)
  4. Madrigal: Constantia'l vo' pur dire (a 5)
  5. Madrigal: E' morta la speranza (a 4)
  6. Frottola: Quando ritrovo la mia pastorella (a 4)
  7. Madrigal: Madonna oymè (a 4)
  8. Madrigal: Chi vuol veder (a 4)
  9. Motet: Quis dabit oculis (Elegy on the death of Anne of Brittany)
  10. Motet: Tribus miraculis (a 6)
  11. Magnificat septimi toni (a 4; sections a 2, 3, 7)

Performers: Katelijne Van Laethem, Cecilia Roovers, Marie-Claude Vallin, Marius Van Altena, Harry Van Berne, Stéphane Van Dijck, Willem Ceuleers, Harry Van der Kamp, Johannes Boer (viol), Gail Ann Schroeder (viol), Piet Strijckers (viol), Bart Coen (recorders), Peter de Clercq (recorders), Baldrick Deerenberg (recorders)

Playing time: 68'

Recording date: January 1993

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Costanzo Festa (c.1490-1545) was the first internationally known native Italian composer of the Renaissance. Indeed, his work at the Sistine Chapel was the most highly regarded between the time of Josquin and Palestrina, surpassing other masters of the time (such as Morales) in the eyes of his contemporaries. His set of Magnificats is a landmark. He was also one of the first to develop the Renaissance madrigal, together with the "foreigners" Arcadelt and Verdelot.

Other recordings devoted to Festa's vocal music:

Festa: Mottetti
Cantica Symphonia - Kees Boeke & Giuseppe Maletto
Stradivarius 33439
Festa: Lamentatio
Ensemble Scandicus
Pierre Vérany 707101

This ensemble's second recording devoted to Festa:

Festa: 32 Contrapunti on "La Spagna"
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Harmonia Mundi 80 1799 (SACD)

A more broadly conceived program featuring madrigals by Festa:

La Bella Maniera
Primo libro di madrigali d'Archadelt etc.
Ensemble Seicentonovecento - Flavio Colusso
Musicaimmagine 10045

A performance in similar style devoted to a later composer:

Gallus: Opus Musicum / Missa super Sancta Maria
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony Vivarte 64305

A recording devoted to Arcadelt's sacred music:

Arcadelt: Estote fortes in bello
Josquin Capella - Meinolf Brüser
Cpo 777 763

Finally, more Italian music of this era by the present ensemble:

Italia Mia
Musical Imagination in the Renaissance
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony Vivarte 48065

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Todd M. McComb