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Label: Phi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Artist: Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe

Composer: William Byrd (1543-1623), Alfonso Ferrabosco (1543-1588), Philippe de Monte (1521-1603)

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  • William Byrd (1543-1623): Emendemus in melius
  • 1Emendemus in melius03:42
  • Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones sacrae)
  • 2Infelix ego12:36
  • Gradualia, Book 1
  • 3Gradualia, Book 1: Ave Maria02:56
  • Alfonso Ferrabosco (1543-1588): Peccantem me quotidie a5
  • 4Peccantem me quotidie03:55
  • Mass a 5
  • 5Kyrie01:15
  • 6Gloria04:36
  • 7Credo07:15
  • 8Sanctus01:59
  • 9Benedictus01:14
  • 10Agnus Dei02:59
  • Christe, qui lux es et dies
  • 11Christe, qui lux es et dies03:15
  • Philippus de Monte (1521-1603): Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones sacrae)
  • 12Miserere mei, Deus03:38
  • Total Runtime49:20

Info for Byrd: Infelix ego

Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent present their third project for Phi focussing on vocal music of the Renaissance. This time, it is the English composer William Byrd (c.1540-1623) who is being honoured. The title of the programme is that of Byrd’s motet Infelix ego, one of the greatest artistic statements of the 16th century. Its text is a meditation on Psalm 50, written by the Dominican Girolamo Savonarola, a remarkable man who waged a campaign against the corrupt Medici family in Florence.

Taking the form of several rhetorical questions and assertions, the text describes all the emotions felt by a tormented soul: guilt, fear, embarrassment, anger but above all the gift of deliverance upon acceptance of Christ’s mercy. Byrd seems to have felt a powerful emotional connection with the words.

The Collegium Vocale Gent also presents the Mass for 5 Voices and a selection of motets by Byrd, along with Alfonso Ferrabosco’s Peccantem me quotidie a5 and Philippus de Monte’s Miserere mei a5.

Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

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