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Lassus, Agricola, Arcadelt, Morales: Lamentation Jeremiae Prophetae / Egidius Quartet, Gregoriana Vocal Ensemble


Release Date: 11/25/2008 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1343   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Cristóbal de MoralesJacques ArcadeltAnonymousOrlando de Lassus,   ... 
Performer:  Hans WijersPeter de GrootDonald BentvelsenMarco van de Klundert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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LAMENTATIO JEREMIAE PROPHETAE Egidius Qrt; Bas Ramselaar (bbar); Gregoriana 1 ET’CETERA 1343 (78:53 Text and Translation)


A. AGRICOLA Quomodo obtexit. Confregit. Et dissipavit. MORALES Taedit animam meam. ARCADELT Sordes ejus. Vidisti Domine. Defecerunt. LASSUS Read more Quomodo sedet sola. Recordata est. O vos omnes. ANON 1 In monte Oliveti. Tristis est anima mea. Ecce vidimus


This is planned as a survey of 16th-century settings of the lamentations for Tenebrae of Holy Week, but it favors lesser-known works. None of the most famous settings (Morales, Palestrina, Lassus for five voices, Victoria) are included. Three of the nine lamentations for four voices by Lassus are the principal component of the program, a set that was reserved for the private use of the Munich court, while his five-voice set was published in 1585 and has been recorded repeatedly (see 30:2).


The primacy of Lassus in this collection is shown by filling out each of his three lamentations with the appropriate chant responsory. The chant schola led by Geert Maessen is a highly skilled group, but the focus of his current research is on restoring the readings of the earliest neumed manuscripts, a goal fraught with speculation and subjective interpretation. He applies his rather singular interpretation of these chants to these performances rather than the equalist chant practice of the period that would have been a more suitable alternative, since he chose to reject the familiar standard chant interpretation.


Morales is represented only by a text from Job that is used as the second lesson of the Office of the Dead (and thus was set by Victoria in his masterpiece); the notes claim that it was used “at this time of the ecclesiastical year,” but this seems to be in error. (Three of Morales’s lamentations are currently being reviewed on a disc of his music.) That leaves Alexander Agricola and Jacob Arcadelt to fill out the disc with some lesser-known settings. I would have liked a complete set by either composer (or both!) to set next to Carpentras (14: 2), Cavalieri (reissued this month), Charpentier (several sets), Fiocco (Eufoda 1302), Gallus (21:2), and Ingegneri (14:1), among others.


Paul van Nevel (22:6) and Jeremy Summerly (18:1) have offered miscellaneous collections not unlike this one, but both included some of the Lassus five-voice settings. One part of Arcadelt’s setting was included in a similar collection of lamentations recorded by F. John Adams on Musical Heritage Society 3291 (the others were Arcadelt, Brumel, Byrd, Genet, Palestrina, and Sermisy). A disc that later became part of a large Holy Week collection included three obscure lamentations by La Rue, Guardano, and Ycart, first issued as Schwann AMS 2603 but widely circulated on various labels since then. This disc certainly ranks as the best of all these collections for its avoidance of the works that have already been recorded in complete sets. The four male voices (with one guest) of the ensemble are superb in vocal tone and balance. I would appreciate more of the same repertoire from them. Nicely done.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Officium defunctorum: Taedet animam meam vitae by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Lamentationes Jeremiae (3) by Jacques Arcadelt
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1557; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
In monte Oliveti by Anonymous
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Tristis est anima mea [Medieval] by Anonymous
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Ecce vidimus by Anonymous
Performer:  Donald Bentvelsen (Bass), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Hans Wijers (Baritone),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Pro Triduo sacro in nocturno II et III: O vos omnes by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Marco van de Klundert (Tenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Hans Wijers (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: ?1580-85; Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7.
Lamentations of Jeremiah à 4: ALEPH - Quomodo obtexit caligine by Alexander Agricola
Performer:  Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass), Marco van de Klundert (Tenor),
Hans Wijers (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 17 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: Zain - Recordata est by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: Lamed - O vos omnes by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Hans Wijers (Baritone), Peter de Groot (Countertenor), Donald Bentvelsen (Bass),
Marco van de Klundert (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Egidius Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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