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Lamentations De La Renaissance / Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501682   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Girolamo FrescobaldiDomenico MazzocchiTiburtio MassainoRobert White,   ... 
Performer:  Bart CoenPeter DeclercqChristina KyprianidesMaria Cristina Kiehr,   ... 
Conductor:  Jean-Marc AymesPaul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas EnsembleConcerto Soave
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renaissance music for the Tenebrae constitutes an endless fund of passionate and evocative polyphony. The nature and design of the texts beautifully articulates the music, alternating the single letter that opens each section with more expansive music for the Lamentations proper and ending with the words ‘Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum’. There is no clear explanation why Paul van Nevel chose these four particular settings, but they do show some of the range of styles adopted across the years, opening with the little-known set by Tiburtio Massaino (published in 1599) and ending with the superb Good Friday set that is among the last works of Lassus.

The group of ten nicely balanced singers works particularly well in
Read more those two sets. The top voices are taken by performers with a splendidly directed sense of line; and the firm basses give a clear shape to the harmonic designs. Everything is magnificently controlled, avoiding the excesses that the texts might be thought to invite and concentrating on the clarity of the polyphony.

-- David Fallows, Gramophone [9/1999, reviewing the original release]

"This is an excellent addition to the discography of this remarkably gifted singer [Maria Cristina Kiehr]. It also presents another side of the wonderfully rich world of 17th-century Italian song." -- Fanfare (7-8/00)

"Kiehr's voice is a perfect vehicle to carry this music, allowing the listener to marvel at the elegance of the settings while quietly calling to attention the purity of her tone and the fluidity of her technique...." -- International Record Review (6/00)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lamentatio Jeremie prophete by Marbrianus de Orto
Performer:  Bart Coen (Recorder), Peter Declercq (Recorder), Christina Kyprianides (Bass Viola da gamba),
Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), Baldrick Deerenberg (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes,  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble,  Concerto Soave
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Musica super Threnos Ieremiae prophete by Tiburtio Massaino
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Renaissance 
3.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: Vendredi Saint by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes,  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble,  Concerto Soave
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
4.
Lamentations of Jeremiah a 5 by Robert White
Performer:  Jean-Marc Aymes (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Musica super Threnos Ieremiae prophete (Massaino): I. Lectio Prima

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