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Cinquecento, the male-voice Euro super-consort, extends its enlightening pilgrimage through the Habsburg renaissance into the masterful, inspirational polyphony of Johannes de Cleve. For the central work, a parody Mass based on Vaet’s motet Rex Babylonis (also recorded here), they find enthrallingly deep connections with text and counterpoint. Exemplary recorded clarity and balance within the warmly resonant acoustics of Austria’s Kloster Pernegg gild these imperial works, and Daniel’s miraculous release from the lions’ den (the text of Rex Babylonis) might be a metaphor for the rediscovery of so many masterworks in this essential series

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