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Lassus: St. Matthew Passion / Holten, Musica Ficta

Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573840  
Composer:  Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Number of Discs: 1 
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Orlandus Lassus was one of the greatest and most celebrated musicians of his day, and a teacher whose influence extended into the Baroque period and beyond. Although the St. Matthew Passion is almost always associated with J.S. Bach’s towering masterpiece, earlier settings developed from plainchant into polyphony throughout the 16th century. Lassus composed four Passions of which this is the most elaborate. His sublimely interwoven polyphonic settings are here placed alongside a traditional Roman Catholic Passion chant through which the roles of Jesus and the Evangelist unfold in a seemingly timeless meditation. Certain key moments in the otherwise austere Passion story are further illuminated in this recording by the inclusion of motets Read more and a spiritual madrigal. Read less

Works on This Recording

Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Mattheum "Saint Matthew Passion" by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575 

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