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LASSUS: Lamentations of Jeremiah / Pro Cantione Antiqua


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Lamentations of Jeremiah -
Charles Brett, Timothy Penrose, Kevin Smith (counter tenors)
James Griffett, Ian Partridge (tenors)
Michael George, Christopher Keyte, Stephen Roberts (basses)
Elizabeth Lane, Suzanne Flowers, Nancy Long (sopranos)

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Pro Cantione Antiqua
  • Conductor: Bruno Turner
  • Composer: Orlandus Lassus
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Regis Records
  • ASIN: B0000AMKAJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Golden on March 24, 2004
I'm fairly new to this world of early music, and, coming from a repressive Catholic background, it's taken me years to hear the beauty of this sacred music, and not hear "Mass music". This disc arrested me-the arrangement of the singers, clean and single voices for each part, with the counter tenors and sopranos almost indistinguishable at times, left me untired, unlike other composers wth whom you feel "full" after 15 minutes. I'm not a singer, but I'm dating a soprano who is teaching my ears. She didn't need to teach me that this is an excellent disc. I wish I could give a more technical review, instead of a gushing literary one, but my slow ears loved it. A good intro to Lassus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 19, 2014
Regis has made available at bargain cost a lot of Renaissance polyphony by such as Lassus and Palestrina which was originally issued on the Hyperion label in the 80's. I am grateful for that but I would suggest that the expert, professional performances here are not quite as appealing as those by other, later groups, the reason being that they do not achieve the homogeneity ideal in such music. The Pro Cantione Antiqua consists of singers already quite well known in their own right or set to be so and I find myself picking out some rather too individual voices such as Ian Partridge's grainy tenor - a voice I like very much but his timbre here is too prominent and instantly identifiable. The same can be said of countertenor Charles Brett and bass Michael George - a voice I have never enjoyed. I do not advocate blandness but this music is about teamwork and blending.

Otherwise, this is glorious music, warmly and expressively sung in a close, clear acoustic. Personally, I prefer solely sopranos or trebles to countertenors in the top line as long as they are pure and wobble-free while others hear an all-male ensemble as more authentic; this recording compromises with a mixture of male and female voices but I find the countertenors slightly too dominant and hooty. These are not the most varied of Lassus's compositions being for a specific, Paschal, penitential purpose and I am more drawn to the austere beauties of comparable works by Tallis, de Victoria and Palestrina but this recording is worth a place in the collection of anyone who loves this genre of music.
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