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Lasso: Missa "Bella amfitrit altera" / Pro Cantione


Release Date: 03/20/2000 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 439958   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Helmut KrebsHans-Joachim RotzschHans-Olaf Hudemann
Conductor:  Hans SchremsBruno TurnerRudolf Pohl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental EnsembleRegensburg Cathedral ChoirPro Cantione Antiqua,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the motets—some of his finest, in a field in which he was pre-eminent—the 4-part Domine convertere and Miserere mei, sung a cappella, come from 1585, and show a simple directness of utterance: the Regensburg Cathedral choir phrases well, and sings firmly but inexpressively—something of a weakness in Lassus, who was considered by his contemporaries a master of musica reservata, meaning music expressive of the emotions delineated by the text. Lauda Sion, a large-scale 6-part motet of about 1575, is in four sections and (like the remaining motets here) is given with viols, cornetti, trombones and positive organ doubling or replacing the vocal lines—a procedure adding richness and variety of colour, fully authenticated in writings and Read more paintings of the period: the "Quod non capis" section (a 4) is effectively performed with two instrumental lines, the remaining two each employing only a couple of voices. The choir becomes somewhat dogged in the close-textured imitative polyphony of this motet, and it is an aural relief when it sings quietly, as at the start of the second section and at the words "Ecce panis angelorum". The two remaining Passion motets and the setting of Psalm 125 come from 1568: In monte oliveti is a remarkable work, increasing in rhythmic complexity to illustrate the Saviour's agony, and Tristis est anima mea produces the most sympathetic singing yet; in the Psalm however there is some tiredness, or lack of assurance, in the trebles.

Lassus's Masses are held in somewhat lower esteem by the pundits, but as Denis Stevens once remarked, "Perhaps this opinion will change when Lassus has as many Masses recorded as Haydn has symphonies" (a bit Irish, since he only wrote about fifty). The immediately striking features here are the way the composer deliberately does not extend syllables over several notes, which makes for a more limpid (and shorter !) setting, and the varied ways the two four-part choruses alternate and coalesce. (To help to differentiate them, Hans Schrems adds viols and regal to one, and brass and positive to the other—though this results in some tonal imbalance.) The performance has been carefully prepared, and the choir is on its best form, with effective dynamic contrasts, verve at the exciting change of metre at "Et exspecto resurrectionem", smooth richness in the Sanctus, and attractive quiet legato singing in the beatific Agnus Dei, which is given three times in different scorings.

-- Gramophone [10/1970, reviewing the original LP release of the Regensburg recordings]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Bell' Amfitrit' altera" by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
2.
Ave regina coelorum by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Munich, Germany 
3.
Domine convertere by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
4.
In convertendo Dominus by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1565; Munich, Germany 
5.
In monte Oliveti, motet for 6 voices, M. vi (S. xi/187) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
6.
Lauda Sion salvatorem by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1577; Munich, Germany 
7.
Miserere mei Domine by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
8.
O mors quam amara by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1564; Munich, Germany 
9.
Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales: no 1, Domine ne in furore tuo by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Munich, Germany 
10.
Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales: no 3, Domine ne in furore tuo by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Helmut Krebs (Tenor), Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (Tenor), Hans-Olaf Hudemann (Bass)
Conductor:  Rudolf Pohl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Aachen Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Munich, Germany 
11.
Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales: no 4, Miserere mei Deus by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua,  Alte Musik Hamburg
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
12.
Salve regina by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
13.
Tristis est anima mea, motet for 5 voices, M. iv (S. v/48) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Hans Schrems
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1565; Munich, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Uninspired Recording  January 23, 2013 By D. Hurst See All My Reviews "I am a huge fan of the music of this era and a big fan of the works of Lasso (or Lassus as he is sometimes referred to)however I find this particular recording to be uninspiring and just plain dull. Part of the problem is the fact that the works (on CD 1) were recorded in 1959. Perhaps the transfer to CD is the problem" Report Abuse
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