Last year Stile Antico offered one of the highlights of Laus Polyphoniae 2013. The international success of the young British singers obviously did not come out of thin air. Enough reason to reinvite them, this time with music that is completely new for the group: motets from the earliest volumes of Giaches de Wert.
Firmly entrenched in Italy as a Franco-Flemish composer, de Wert conspicuously influenced his younger contemporary Claudio Monteverdi. De Wert’s oeuvre spans the transition from Renaissance to early baroque, and like Monteverdi he earned great acclaim in both composition styles. The early motets that Stile Antico selected for this concert demonstrate de Wert’s masterly command of counterpoint.