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Oratio Jeremiae Prophetae
Rolf Maier-Karius, dir; SW German CCho Tübingen
CORNETTO COR 10006 (40: 49
Text and Translation)
The first time we heard all three Lamentations by Pierre de La Rue (
20:2), each one was followed by an appropriate chant responsory, as the composer expected to hear them. For that version,
I could find only a single line in the Book of Lamentations. The booklet that comes with this disc identifies the verses, so it is clear that the text skips back and forth all through the four chapters (the fifth chapter is the Prayer of Jeremiah). In a non sequitur, the notes identify the chapters that furnish the liturgical pericopes, although they are unrelated to La Rue’s choice of verses. This choir is larger than the vocal ensemble that Kevin Moll used. It may not fit the conditions of the Burgundian chapel of Margaret of Austria as well as Kevin Moll’s vocal ensemble, but the sound is lovely in a soft, restrained way.
The final lamentation on the third day of Tenebrae is the Prayer of Jeremiah, the fifth chapter of the book. The modern liturgical editions use the first 11 of the 22 verses, but Heinrich Isaac set almost the entire prayer. This is the first recording of the work known to me. It seems to be unique, not part of a set of lamentations, and that may be the reason it has been overlooked. Isaac, an exact contemporary of La Rue, headed to the Hapsburg chapel in Vienna. Not surprisingly, the ensemble makes the two composers sound very similar, as much because of their performing style as the composers’ affinity. The notes are skimpy, as is the playing time, but as far as it goes the program is gratifying. Specialists may want to hear these works.
FANFARE: J. F. Weber
Works on This Recording
Lamentations Hieremiae by Pierre de La Rue
Written: Netherlands (Holland
Venue: Peter und Paul Kirche, Mössingen
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