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The Lamentations Of Jeremiah / Rahe, Jugendchor Osnabruck

Weelkes / Youth Choir Osnabruck / Rahe
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83330   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousThomas WeelkesThomas TallisCarlo Gesualdo,   ... 
Performer:  Franz-Josef Rahe
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There’s a lot of beautiful and well-sung music on this program, a recording from 1986 reissued as part of the Carus label’s “Classics” imprint, a series assembled to mark the company’s 40th anniversary in 2012. The lineup of works seems more like a collection than a designed program, simply presenting, as its title states, “choral music from the Renaissance and late-Baroque”. And while there are some “hits” here–Weelkes’ Hosanna to the son of David; Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah; Gesualdo’s Tenebrae factae sunt; Palestrina’s Stabat Mater dolorosa; Byrd’s Haec dies–there also are lesser-known, or at least lesser-performed gems, especially a couple of the motets by Victoria and Tallis and a disc-closing Regina caeli laetare by 17th-century Read more Catalan composer Joan Cererols.

The enclosed information regarding this very fine choir does not give any clear indication of the actual makeup or meaning of “youth” choir–the best we have is what we are to assume is a photograph of the group, looking down from above onto the tops of the singers’ heads–teenagers? young, or not so young, adults? We can’t be sure, but from the sound, these are young but vocally mature singers who also are experienced in ensemble performance and well-versed in the style of this music. These singers–and their conductor–know how to phrase, how to perfectly balance a quiet dynamic, how to highlight an important line within a busy texture. There are many moments of exquisitely executed high soprano singing as well as delicately lovely expressive gestures by all sections of the choir.

Only one significant misstep mars an otherwise first-rate production: the sluggish, uncertain, intonationally challenged In monte Oliveti by Gesualdo, which inexplicably lies among 13 other finely polished performances, including another, more difficult Gesualdo selection, the Tenebrae factae sunt.

My only previous encounter with this conductor and choir–a 1991 recording of works set to the Biblical Song of Songs on this same label–was seriously compromised by bad sound (read review here). Happily that’s not the case here: everything is clear and the voices are nicely balanced if, in the louder tutti passages, their blend is occasionally threatened with sabotage by the resonant acoustics of the Dom zu Osnabrück, which ultimately isn’t such a bad thing. And for the benefit of the strong ensemble performances and beautiful choral sound, lovers of this repertoire won’t mind at all.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hosanna filio David by Anonymous
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Hosanna to the Son of David by Thomas Weelkes
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Language: English 
3.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: First Lectio at Matins, Maundy Thursday: by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Sancte Deus, sancte fortis by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 1, In monte Oliveti by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Tristis est anima mea, motet for 5 voices, M. iv (S. v/48) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1565; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - Judas mercator pessimus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Crucifixus a 8 by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Franz-Josef Rahe (Positive)
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Stabat Mater a 8 by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Regina caeli laetare by Joan Cererols
Performer:  Franz-Josef Rahe (Positive)
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - Una hora by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - Tamquam ad latronem by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - Unus ex discipulis by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Responsories (9), Feria 6: no 5, Tenebrae factae sunt by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Gradualia, Volume 2: Easter Day - Haec dies by William Byrd
Conductor:  Johannes Rahe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osnabrück Boy's Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1986 
Venue:  Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Hosanna filio David - Hosanna to the son of David
Lamentations of Jeremiah I
In monte Oliveti
Tristis est anima mea
Judas mercator pessimus
Unus ex discipulis meis
Una hora
Tamquam ad latronem
Sancte Deus, sancte fortis: Sancte Deus, Sancte fortis
Tenebrae factae sunt
Crucifixus a 8
Stabat mater a 8
Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones sacrae): Haec dies
Regina caeli laetare

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