Orlando di Lasso: Marienvesper

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Bremen-based Weser-Renaissance is one of the European historical-performance ensembles that has signed on to the American-spawned one-voice-per-part movement in the performance of German Baroque choral music. Its smooth, almost silky sound is attractive, and in smaller works of the seventeenth century, such as those of Schein, results in powerful, rather inward-looking performances. Here the group sets out, quoting annotator Franz Korndle, "to convey an impression of festive liturgical music such as it was performed in the Munich court chapel under Orlando di Lasso." The degree of musicological investigation involved is impressive. Weser-Renaissance brings together some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Bremen-based Weser-Renaissance is one of the European historical-performance ensembles that has signed on to the American-spawned one-voice-per-part movement in the performance of German Baroque choral music. Its smooth, almost silky sound is attractive, and in smaller works of the seventeenth century, such as those of Schein, results in powerful, rather inward-looking performances. Here the group sets out, quoting annotator Franz Korndle, "to convey an impression of festive liturgical music such as it was performed in the Munich court chapel under Orlando di Lasso." The degree of musicological investigation involved is impressive. Weser-Renaissance brings together some of Lasso's most imposing motets and orders them as they might have been heard in a big, festive Vespers service during the Feast of the Assumption of Mary in August, concluding with a mighty 10-part Magnificat. Lasso is better known for his polyglot secular songs than for these more imposing sacred works, and the context -- an attempt to systematically replace plainchant with more sumptuous polyphonic settings on the part of Lasso and his predecessors -- is clearly laid out in the booklet and well executed in terms of the program. The problem lies in the group's minimalistic approach. The booklet itself points out that "the performance of the liturgy was a task for all the singers of the ensemble," which meant 15 or 20 men and a dozen boys on the upper parts. From iconographic evidence it is known that an organ would have been used as well. Yet here the listener gets seven singers, two cornetts "Zink" in German, three Baroque trombones, and a dulcian. The forces are not up to the weighty, public quality of the music, and, questions of authenticity aside, the singers and the texts tend to get lost in the larger psalm settings and the final Magnificat. The crack about Bach's "B minor madrigal" is applicable here, transposed to refer to Lasso, and despite the program's strong points the disc begs for a more muscular interpretation of the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • UPC: 761203718221
  • Catalog Number: 777182
  • Sales rank: 185,386

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deus in adiutorium meum intende, introduction to the Compline - Gregorian Chant & Manfred Cordes (1:16)
  2. 2 Dixit Dominus, motet for 8 voices, M. vii (S. xxi/27) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (7:05)
  3. 3 Laudate pueri Dominum, motet for 7 voices, M. vi (S. xix/94) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (6:13)
  4. 4 Laetatus sum, motet for 3 voices, M. xi (S. i/36) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (8:25)
  5. 5 Nisi Dominus, motet for 5 voices, M. ii (S. ix/66) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (6:55)
  6. 6 Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, motet for 6 voices, M. v (S. xiii/70) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (10:26)
  7. 7 Felix namque, offertory - Gregorian Chant & Manfred Cordes (5:13)
  8. 8 O glorioso domina, motet for 6 voices, M. ix (S. xiii/145) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (5:05)
  9. 9 Salve regina mater, motet for 5 voices, M. xx (S. v/115) - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (3:16)
  10. 10 Magnificat, Octavi toni (i), for 8 voices, H. xv/166 - Manfred Cordes & Roland de Lassus (6:28)
  11. 11 Salve Regina mater, motet for 8 voices, M. xix (S. xxi/18) - Manfred Cordes & Orlande de Lassus (3:17)
  12. 12 Benedicamus Domino - Gregorian Chant & Manfred Cordes (0:39)
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