Orlande de Lassus, Europe’s most famous musician during his lifetime, created nothing finer than the Lagrime di San Pietro, a collection of twenty spiritual madrigals and one motet for seven voices; A cycle of intense reflections on the sorrows of St Peter following his denial of Christ, it was assembled shortly before the composer’s death in 1594 and dedicated to Pope Clement VIII. Into this collection Lassus pours every dramatic nuance and piece of harmonic invention he could possibly muster, hurling the listener through the stages of Peter’s rage, remorse and resignation, and concluding with a motet that presents Christ’s response to the world. Gallicantus (Latin for ‘song of the rooster’) add to their already impressive catalogue of works on Signum with this new recording. Their previous release The Word Unspoken: Sacred Music by William Byrd and Philippe de Monte was picked as a critics’ choice disc 2012 by BBC Radio 3 CD Review.
Critics’ Choice 2014
Caroline Gill - Gramophone magazine - December 2014
"... A worthy assition to the considerable stock of Lagrime recordings ..."
Hugh Keyte - Early Music Review - February 2014
Gramophone Choice - Vocal
"... details are tellingly lingered over, repitions properly emphasised and the score’s illumination of an inner drama sensitively rendered... an involving experience."
Fabrice Fitch - Gramophone magazine - December 2013