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Lamenta [Import]

Tallis Scholars Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Classics
  • ASIN: B00000617I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lamentations I
2. Lamentations I
3. Lamentations II
4. Lamentations
5. Lamentations (5 vv)
6. Lamentations For Holy Saturday (Lesson 3, 6 vv)

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The service of Tenebrae, in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, is a deeply penitential liturgy observed during the latter, darker half of Holy Week, particularly on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, in observance of the darkness of the crucifixion. The texts, from the Book of Jeremiah, are as mournful, even despairing, as the occasion warrants. This well-balanced, exquisitely rendered album from the Tallis Scholars offers up settings by five 16th-century composers, most of them little-known. The refrain "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn to the Lord, your God," echoes in the cultural heritage of all people of the Book. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the most part... June 12, 2000
The music recorded here comes from a variety of composers: Ferrabosco, Tallis, White, Brumel, and Palestrina. The pieces are all settings of biblical texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, traditionally sung during Holy Week. The Palestrina and Tallis settings are the only ones I'm familiar with outside of this recording, and both settings are masterpieces - Palestrina's display the subtle yet intense emotion which characterizes his music (don't be fooled by the notion that his music is technically perfect but lacks intensity; I happen to think that it is a Romantic myth). Tallis' are an unbelievable peregrination through despair, hopelessness, and ultimately hope. The Ferrabosco, which as I said I'd never heard before, is also telling - it skillfully renders the same range of emotion. The Brumel is interesting as well - based on a series of sonorous chords and decidely less polyphonic than the other settings, it seems to lack the skill of composition which characterizes the Tallis and Palestrina, but is still beautiful in its own way. The White settings are fine as well, and as mentioned they are only available on this recording (I think). The singing is per usual for the Tallis Scholars - pure tone, clear diction, perfect pitch, etc. Unfortunately those things, in some places at least, tend to add up to an immaculate yet uninspired reading - their singing can be thought of as cold compared to some groups. Another objection that I have is that the sopranos tend to dominate the music (it is worse in some places than in others - it is unbearable in the White settings). I have decided that the problem, though, is in the recording process and not the choir itself because when I've heard them live, the choir does not have that problem. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid mixture of Lamentations July 30, 2000
I confess that I am a Lamentations of Jeremiah junkie - having more music for Tenebrae than for Christmas! I agree with the preceding reviewer, Guy Cutting, that the Tallis and Palestrina are good but uninspired. The reason to get this collection is the three uncommon settings - Ferrabosco, Brumel, and White all 15th-16th century. Each of these write traditional polyphonic Lamentations i.e. provide ornate settings for the Hebrew letter (in Hebrew the Lamentations are acrostics) and settings that insure the text dominates for the verses. All three write interesting and sombre settings, settings not better known because there are so many spectacular settings for the Lamentations but only three days of Tennebrae. Although not spectacular, the settings are well worth keeping alive - so enjoy.
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