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Wert recording praised in the FT

Richard Fairman, Financial Times (20 January, 2017)

In the 16th century it was possible for a Franco-Flemish composer to make his entire career in the courts of Italy. Giaches de Wert, born in the region of Antwerp or Ghent, is known today primarily for his madrigals, apart from perhaps the scandals of his love life, not by and large his own fault. Stile Antico’s new disc ventures unusually into his sacred music, which rewards discovery. This selection of motets, mostly for five or six voices, is unexpectedly rich in imagination, variety, and often sheer joyful energy, and the performances boast a high-quality technical brilliance.