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Lassus: Prophetiae Sibyllarum / Rice / Brabant Ensemble

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>Lassus, Orlando de : Prophetiae Sibyllarum... chromatico more singulari confectae, motet collection for 4 voices
>Lassus, Orlando de : Quant'in mille anni il ciel (secundi toni), magnificat for 6 voices, H. xiv/141
>Lassus, Orlando de : Justorum animae, motet for 5 voices, M. xii (S. v/139)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Cantiones sacrae à 6 (30)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Tristis est anima mea
>Lassus, Orlando de : Missa Amor ecco colei, for 6 voices, H. viii/93

Album Summary

>Lassus, Orlando de : Prophetiae Sibyllarum... chromatico more singulari confectae, motet collection for 4 voices
>Lassus, Orlando de : Quant'in mille anni il ciel (secundi toni), magnificat for 6 voices, H. xiv/141
>Lassus, Orlando de : Justorum animae, motet for 5 voices, M. xii (S. v/139)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Cantiones sacrae à 6 (30)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Tristis est anima mea
>Lassus, Orlando de : Missa Amor ecco colei, for 6 voices, H. viii/93
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Notes & Reviews:

Orlande de Lassus was an undisputed master of all the vocal genres of the late Renaissance, from German lied to Latin mass. He was extraordinarily prolific, and this recording features the glorious polyphony of the Missa Amor ecco colei and Prophetiae Sibyllarum, two of his most celebrated works. With the latter's extreme chromaticism and constant modulation, Lassus stretched the compositional boundaries of the time to produce one of the most important and advanced works to come from the sixteenth century. With their immaculate and instinctive performance style, Stephen Rice and the Brabant Ensemble prove the perfect advocates for this challenging music.

International Record Review
The highlight of the disc and ultimate proof of the towering genius of Lassus is the Maundy Thursday motet Tristis est anima mea. It is, as Dr Rice says, 'one of Lassus's most dramatic narrative motets'. It is a work of utter genius and religious depth...I know of no other English vocal ensemble to match The Brabant Ensemble in Renaissance music...Altogether, a triumph

BBC Music Magazine
The Brabant Ensemble has a well-deserved reputation for the exploration of little-known msucial gems. They do not disappoint here; from among Lassus's 2000 works we are served up an enterprising smorgasbrod [sic] of familiar items mixed with the virtually unfamiliar...The Ensemble negotiates the difficulties of this Mass very effectively

Gramophone Magazine
If the Brabant Ensemble's response seems subdued compared with their joyous exploration of the Chirk Castle partbooks, that may be due to the music's own restraint. They don't go all out for pathos in Iustorum animae, as the Monteverdi Choir do, but stay within the character of their clean, corporate sound, and the programme itself says much about the intelligence behind Stephen Rice's direction (as well as the booklet notes).

The Observer
They certainly are astonishing in their harmonic daring, moving from C major via G major and B major to C sharp minor in the bat of an eyelid, and are wonderfully captured here by the suavely assured Brabant Ensemble under scholarly Stephen Rice...Listen and be moved.

The Guardian
In his splendidly detailed sleeve notes, the group's director, Stephen Rice, makes a point of pressing Lassus's case for recognition at the expense of contemporaries such as Palestrina...The performances throughout are wonderfully persuasive, with nothing arch or affected in the way in which the texts are presented; expressively, music that is as highly wrought as any of its time is made to seem completely natural.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes Universi (09/03/2010-09/05/2010).



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>Lassus, Orlando de : Prophetiae Sibyllarum... chromatico more singulari confectae, motet collection for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lassus, Orlando de : Quant'in mille anni il ciel (secundi toni), magnificat for 6 voices, H. xiv/141
  • Performer: Alastair Carey (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Justorum animae, motet for 5 voices, M. xii (S. v/139)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Cantiones sacrae à 6 (30)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Tristis est anima mea
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lassus, Orlando de : Missa Amor ecco colei, for 6 voices, H. viii/93
  • Performer: David Stuart (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance