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Lassus: Musical Biography Vol. 4 - The Last Years: 1579-1594 / Odhecaton

Album Summary

>Lassus, Orlando de : Al gran Guglielmo nostro, madrigal for 5 voices, H. i/147
>Lassus, Orlando de : Missa Dixit Joseph, for 6 voices, H. viii/3
>Lassus, Orlando de : Dixit Joseph undecim fratribus suis, motet for 6 voices, M. iii (S. xv/76)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Videntes stellam magi
>Lassus, Orlando de : Tutto 'l di mi dici, villanelle for 4 voices, S. x/79
>Lassus, Orlando de : Helas j'ai sans merci, chanson for 5 voices, B. xii/19 (S. xvi/132)
>Lassus, Orlando de : De l'eterne tue sante (Fiamma), madrigal for 5 voices, S. vi/1
>Lassus, Orlando de : Tragico tecti syrmate coelites, motet for 5 voices, M. xx (S. xi/75)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Cum essem parvulus, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xv/72)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Canzon la doglia e 'l pianto, madrigal for 4 voices, S. vi/90
>Lassus, Orlando de : Arse la fiamma e consumo, madrigal for 4 voices, S. vi/83
>Lassus, Orlando de : O fugace dolcezza (Petrarch), madrigal for 5 voices, S. vi/127
>Lassus, Rudolf de : Urtheil mich Herr, Psalm for 3 voices
>Lassus, Orlando de : Hilff lieber Herr die heilig Frommen (Ulenberg), lied for 3 voices, S. xx/65
>Lassus, Orlando de : Wir haben Herr mit unsern Oren (Ulenberg), lied for 3 voices, S. xx/78
>Lassus, Orlando de : Memento peccati tui, motet for 5 voices, M. xx (S. vii/58)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Von Gott wil ich nit lassen, lied for 6 voices, S. xx/134
>Lassus, Orlando de : Musica Dei donum optimi, motet for 6 voices, M. xvi (S. xix/63)
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Notes & Reviews:

This 4th volume in the series covers the last period of Lassus's prodigious activity, choirmaster of Albert V Duke of Bavaria. It begins with Albert's death in 1579 and thus the crowning of his son William, and ends with the composer's death in 1594. Old age and disease have barely interrupted a long list of masterpieces. This collection is completed by the motet Musica Dei donum optimi (an exception made to the principle of CD-unreleased works of this biography) published the year of Lassus's death, a splendid tribute to the music that governed with such power and variety the whole existence of this great name of the Renaissance.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This release, with music from Lassus's last years, follows the earlier biographical recording with music from the 1570s (Nov/Dec 2014). While the ensemble on the earlier volume was the small Egidius Quartet, this collection, which includes many motets and the complete Dixit Joseph Mass, was recorded by Odhecaton, a 14-voice all male choir, with a single soprano added in a few of the larger works. As with the earlier volume, in addition to the sacred compositions, there is a fair representation of Lassus's secular music in Italian, French, and German; and the recording begins with an encomium to the composer's patron, Duke William V. What is remarkable is the penitential tone of both the sacred and secular texts. The booklet includes excellent notes and full texts and translations (again, in a very small font). Taken together, the four volumes of this series effectively cover Lassus's whole life and the rich variety of musical styles and genres in his compositions. This final volume appropriately ends with Lassus's own encomium to music, 'Musica Dei donum optimi'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di S. Pietro, Belluno, IT (04/2014).



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>Lassus, Orlando de : Al gran Guglielmo nostro, madrigal for 5 voices, H. i/147
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Missa Dixit Joseph, for 6 voices, H. viii/3
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Dixit Joseph undecim fratribus suis, motet for 6 voices, M. iii (S. xv/76)
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Videntes stellam magi
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Tutto 'l di mi dici, villanelle for 4 voices, S. x/79
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lassus, Orlando de : Helas j'ai sans merci, chanson for 5 voices, B. xii/19 (S. xvi/132)
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : De l'eterne tue sante (Fiamma), madrigal for 5 voices, S. vi/1
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Tragico tecti syrmate coelites, motet for 5 voices, M. xx (S. xi/75)
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Cum essem parvulus, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xv/72)
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Canzon la doglia e 'l pianto, madrigal for 4 voices, S. vi/90
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Arse la fiamma e consumo, madrigal for 4 voices, S. vi/83
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : O fugace dolcezza (Petrarch), madrigal for 5 voices, S. vi/127
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Rudolf de : Urtheil mich Herr, Psalm for 3 voices
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Hilff lieber Herr die heilig Frommen (Ulenberg), lied for 3 voices, S. xx/65
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Wir haben Herr mit unsern Oren (Ulenberg), lied for 3 voices, S. xx/78
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Memento peccati tui, motet for 5 voices, M. xx (S. vii/58)
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Von Gott wil ich nit lassen, lied for 6 voices, S. xx/134
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Musica Dei donum optimi, motet for 6 voices, M. xvi (S. xix/63)
  • Performer: Elisabetta Mircovich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paolo Col
  • Ensemble: Odhecaton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral