Marc’ Antonio Ingegneri, Volume Three: Missa Susanne un jour a5

The Cremonese composer Marc’Antonio Ingegneri (c. 1535/36–92) is chiefly remembered as the teacher of Claudio Monteverdi while, for well nigh 500 years, his own achievements were left to sit in the shadows. This third in a series of pioneering recordings from the Choir of Girton College, Cambridge, reveals Ingegneri to have been one of the masters of his age, writing music of breathtaking richness and beauty: the works heard here combine learned, intricate counterpoint with the kind of sheer sonic thrill that brings a shiver of physical excitement. It is, of course, religious music, but it is also extraordinarily passionate, to a degree not previously heard, nor for centuries to come, until the rise of the great Romantic choral works.

Choir of Girton College, Cambridge (1, 2, 4–6, 9–12, 16)
Historic Brass of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (1–7, 9–14)
Jeremy West, leader (3)
Emily Nott, organ (8)
Felix Elliott, organ (15)
Gareth Wilson, director

2 reviews for Marc’ Antonio Ingegneri, Volume Three: Missa Susanne un jour a5

  1. :

    ‘[…]One might say that the composer and his music have forged itself into the choir and their director. They sound relaxed, free and passionate, and they confidently bring this music to light for practically the first time in over four centuries. […]

    There is much of Ingegneri’s music still to be discovered. We will see if it is Girton College that will continue to hold the torch for this fascinating composer.’

    —Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International

  2. :

    ‘Like the first two discs, this is recommended without reserve.’

    —J. F. Weber, Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2024

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