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Lamenta Import, Original recording reissued

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listen  1. Ferrabosco the Elder: Lamentations I 9:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tallis: Lamentations I 8:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tallis: Lamentations II13:14Album Only
listen  4. Brumel: Lamentations 9:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. White: Lamentations (5vv) (for five voices)21:54Album Only
listen  6. Palestrina: Lamentations for Holy Saturday (Lesson 3, 6vv) (for six voices) 9:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: The Tallis Scholars
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Gimell UK
  • ASIN: B000027ML7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sator on August 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although this CD is partly a compilation that collects onto one CD a number of previously recorded Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah by Tallis, White, and Brumel, the Tallis Scholars have also added two further Lamentations by Ferrobosco the Elder and Palestrina. The idea was a brilliant one - the ultimate flattery being several similar compilations of Lamentae by other groups that came out afterwards.

Ferrobosco the Elder was a favorite in the court of Queen Elizabeth I - a fact all the more remarkable given the presence of superlative English Catholic composers such as Byrd and Tallis at the time. That a foreign composer - a Catholic at that - should have been imported into England may seem strange. It can all seem a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence - that is until you hear some of his finest compositions. Then you can see why Alfonso Ferrobosco "Il Padre" was such a favorite of Elizabeth - not only as a composer who helped to introduce the English to the Italian madrigal, but as a composer of equally remarkable sacred music.

Ferrobosco lived at a time of heightened religious tensions so that in England he was suspected of being a Catholic spy, whereas on the Continent he risked being seen as a traitor serving a Protestant queen and having his family punished. His impact on the English music scene was enormous and his music is as good as anything being written in the British Isles at the time.

The Tallis Lamentations needs fewer words of introduction. I will only say they are astonishingly beautiful works - profoundly moving and deeply affecting, they have an emotional impact of a kind equalled by few works of Renaissance polyphony. They are easily the highlights of this recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2005
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This collection of pieces consists of six settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, a book of the Bible that is used in the Christian liturgy most heavily during Holy Week, during the service that has come to be known as Tenebrae. As Peter Phillips states in his notes, 'the darkness, the emotive events of Holy Week itself, the sombre texts and intense music, combined to make Tenebrae one of the most powerful experiences in the Church's year.'

Most of the composers followed the sequence of verses in the Hebrew text, denoted by letters from the Hebrew alphabet. There are distinctions between these, separated like verses; each of the pieces ends with the call 'Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum' - Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return to the Lord thy God.

Phillips likens the effect of these compositions to illuminated manuscripts, where the stark content of the words often contrasts with the beauty and colour of the artwork surrounding them.


There are five composers featured here: Alfonso Ferrabosco (the elder), Thomas Tallis, Antoine Brumel, Robert White, and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Only Palestrina differs from the others in the textual construction of these lamentations. These composers were contemporaries, roughly speaking - Brumel was the first, composing in the late 1400s to early 1500s; Tallis was born in 1505, and he with Ferrabosco, White and Palestrina were composing through much of the 1500s. Each of the composers is considered a master of liturgical compositions, and the trained ear will hear much similarity as well as much individuality in the pieces contained here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Hagelgans on November 23, 2007
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This is a gorgeous performance of the various settings of the Lamentations, with the accurate, seamless sound of perfectly tuned singing. I doubt there is a higher standard to be found anywhere in Renaissance choral music.
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