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Laudent Deum

Sacred Music by Orlande de Lassus

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Andrew Nethsingha


Timothy Ravalde

organ

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge


His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts



Venue:

St John's College Chapel, Cambridge



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Early Music


Choir

Total Time - 70:48
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ORLANDO DE LASSUS

(1530/32-1594)
   
premiere recording
1 

Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum

2:22
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
2 

Veni in hortum meum

4:11
   
premiere recording
3 

Qui sequitur me

1:26
  Leo Tomita · Jonathan Langridge soloists  
4 

Resonet in laudibus

3:37
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
5 

Sine textu 15

1:47
6 

Omnes de Saba venient

2:38
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
7 

Qui moderatur sermones suos

2:03
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
8 

Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam

2:12
   
9 

Jubilate Deo, omnis terra

1:37
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
10 

Sine textu 19

2:06
11 

Timor et tremor

5:15
   
12 

Omnia tempus habent

4:02
 Timothy Ravalde organ
13 

Alleluia, laus et gloria

1:08
   
premiere recording
14 

Magnificat tertii toni

4:58
  Basil McDonald cantor  
   
premiere recording
15 

Quid gloriaris in malitia

4:55
 Timothy Ravalde organ
16 

Laudate pueri Dominum

3:48
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
17 

O Maria, clausus hortus

2:07
  Leo Tomita · Bradley Smith · Tristan Hambleton soloists  
18 

Laetentur caeli

3:26
   
19 

Laudent Deum cithara

0:42
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
20 

Sine textu 13

2:02
   
premiere recording
21 

O peccator, si filium Dei

3:29
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
22 

Fratres, qui gloriatur

2:32
 Timothy Ravalde organ
   
premiere recording
23 

Agimus tibi gratias

1:18
  Julian Gregory · Francis Williams · Pablo Strong soloists  
   
premiere recording
24 

Magnificat 'O che vezzosa aurora'

7:07
  Bradley Smith cantor  
  Leo Tomita · Pablo Strong · Tristan Hambleton soloists  
 Timothy Ravalde organ


The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, an exclusive Chandos artist, here presents its third release on the label. Established in the 1670s, the choir has a long and distinguished tradition of performing religious music and here offers distinguished interpretations of sacred works by Orlande de Lassus.

Of its most recent release, Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (CHSA 5085), The Telegraph wrote: ‘The boy treble voices bring lustre and freshness to the sonority and the singing throughout is stirring and polished.’

Lassus was a prolific and versatile composer and the most famous musician of his day. By the age of twenty-one, he had been appointed Director of Music at the church of St John Lateran in Rome, an impressive appointment for one so young. More than 2000 works by Lassus survive: Latin settings of masses, canticles, motets, passions, litanies, and hymns, as well as secular pieces in Italian, French, and German. Lassus was charismatic and gregarious. He was also bipolar, however, a condition that caused him personal unhappiness, but which also accounted for some of the more original and startling passages in his music. The pieces on this recording represent only a small part of his enormous output: nineteen of the 750-odd surviving motets; two of the one hundred Magnificat settings; and three of his dozen purely instrumental works. It is a small sample, but it shows a composer whose formidable technique, kaleidoscopic ear for texture, and matchless word settings made him the darling of the musical High Renaissance in Western Europe.

The majority of Lassus’s motets were settings of religious texts. Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum is one of two seven-voice pieces chosen for this recording, and its rich texture allows Lassus to explore appealing vocal combinations without breaking into double-choir cliché. Veni in hortum meum places the listener in the gently seductive world of the Songs of Songs – that ‘sensuously exciting and baffling’ book of the Bible, to quote the English novelist and poet A S Byatt.

The two Magnificat settings on this recording were composed at least twenty years apart. The Magnificat ‘O che vezzosa aurora’ dates from the mid-1580s. A significant proportion of this work is based directly on a six-voice madrigal by the Modenese composer Orazio Vecchi (1550 – 1605), which was published around the same time. Lassus’s own setting, however, is sunny and optimistic in six-voice sections, and respectively robust and reflective in the three- and four-voice sections.

"...strongly recommended."

Barry Brenesal - Fanfare - September/October 2011


"...a fine addition to the Lassus discography"

J F Weber - Fanfare - September/October 2011
 


“... Andrew Nethsingha has produced a recording that reflects both the depth of this choir and the many facets of Lassus’s style, from the almost athletic exuberance of his setting of the Christmas song ‘Resonet in laudibus’ to the introspective reflection of ‘Timor et tremor’… Another factor that makes this a good recording is the variety created between motets with and without instruments… Nethingha has taken a much more conservative approach that serves these works well and allows Lassus’s own creativity to be clearly heard and appreciated in all its sonic splendor.”

Brewer – American Record Guide – July/August 2011
 


"...With lively support from His majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge takes full advantage of this treasury of vocal colour with exuberant, full-tones precision and impressive musicality."

Fiona Maddocks  -  The Observer, 13 March 2011                   


                    Performance ****      Recording *****
“…This disc’s programme, featuring largely premiere recordings , brilliantly captures the complexity of Lassus’s musical mind …this disc gives us a provocative glimpse into Lassus’s imagination.”

Berta Joncus - BBC Music Magazine, April 2011                                                                                   





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J Norton

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B Nelson