Vivat felix Hercules


Ensemblemitglieder von Cinquecento blicken frontal in die Kamera Cinque­cento ’s mastersingers from Vienna wrap the Hercules Masses by Josquin Desprez and Cipriano de Rore in the pure sound of the Renaissance. 


What to expect

Josquin Desprez: Excerpts from "Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae" a. o.
Cipriano de Rore: Excerpts from "Missa Vivat felix Hercules" a. o.

Duration: around 70 minutes without a break


Prices: EUR 22 / 44 / 66

U27 (for all under 27) & Ö1 Intro: 50 % reduction


Vocal ensemble

Founded in Vienna, the ensemble consists of five professional singers from Austria, Belgium, Germany, England and Switzerland, and is one of the leading vocal groups in Europe. Cinquecentoʼs main focus is on the music of the imperial courts of Austria in the 16th century.


"Ercole" in the pure tones of the Renaissance

Many rulers chose Hercules, the muscle man with the cudgel, as their idol from ancient times. In the d’Este family, who ruled over Ferrara und Modena for centuries, the first name Ercole was the rule. It was this that inspired Josquin Desprez to write “Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae“, one of his most beautiful masses, in 1503. 50 years later, Cipriano de Rore took up the idea and created his “Missa Vivat felix Hercules” for a younger Ercole d’Este. The Viennese mastersingers Cinquecento present these Hercules masses in the pure tones of the Renaissance.