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Reviewer: Charles Brewer


Jean Guyot (c1520-88) was first employed at the Collegiate Church of St Paul then at St Lambert’s Cathedral in Liege. He was called in 1563 to Vienna by Emperor Ferdinand I, but returned to St Lambert’s in 1564 following the death of his patron. His earlier works, mostly published by Tielman Susato, are in a style of imitative polyphony similar to Clemens non Papa and Pierre de Manchicourt. Later in his career, and certainly at Vienna, he began writing music for up to 12 independent voices, perhaps reflecting the greater resources available at the Imperial court.


This new recording includes a selection of motets by Guyot extending from his early ‘Amen, amen dico vobis’ (printed in 1546) to his late six-voice setting of the Te Deum. Since the five core members of Cinquecento (countertenor to bass) are joined by a guest countertenor, David Allsopp, they are limited to works in four to six voices. That said, the 17- minute alternatim Te Deum, found only in a single manuscript copied after 1591 at Munich by Guyot’s former student, Jean de Fosses, is very inventive. While many of these motets (and especially the Te Deum) would benefit from a larger ensemble, the singers of Cinquecento have a full and rich sound, well blended but with each part clearly present. The booklet contains a very informative essay and texts and translations.

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