||GIACHES DE WERT - Divine Theatre - Sacred Motets -
Stile Antico - 3149020762066 - Released: February 2017 - Harmonia Mundi 807620|
Here is yet another glaring example of a composer unjustly ignored by the recording industry and almost never mentioned when discussing Renaissance music. He was a Flemish composer born
in 1535, who lived most of his adult life in Italy, where he built a reputation for being a great madrigalist. He lived during the same period as William Byrd and Tomas Tallis, but never, to this
day, gained the same level of recognition. For example, there are about 10 recordings available at this time that feature some of his music, compared to Byrd that boasts more like 480 whilst the
tally for Tallis sits at around 275. Quite a discrepancy when, in my opinion, I consider Giaches de Wert's writing to match, if not at times even eclipse, the great Renaissance
composers of his time. Like Nicolas Gombert and Gesualdo, there is an adventurous streak that runs through his music, as if he couldn't wait to try some new interval or harmonic combination
everytime he composed a new vocal work, be it sacred or profane.