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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000MG1YCU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae ('Feriae Quintae in Coena Domini'), motet for mezzo-soprano, soprano & continuo: Incipit Lamentatio
2. Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae ('Feriae Quintae in Coena Domini'), motet for mezzo-soprano, soprano & continuo: Vaù. Et egressus es
3. Toccata No. 4 in G minor (Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo (Rome, 1657)
4. Iod. Manum suam, for voice & continuo (Feriae V in Coena Domini, Lectio Terza)
5. Heu mihi Domine, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
6. De Lamentatione Ieremiae Prophetae
7. Lamed: Matribus suis dixierunt, for voice & continuo (Feriae VI in Parasceve, Lectio Seconda)
8. Toccata for lute No. 5
9. De Lamentatione Ieremiae Prophetae (Sabbati Sancti, Lectio Prima) (Manuscrit Q43 du Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale, Bologna)
10. Toccata arpeggiata (Manoscritto Chigi. Roma, Biblioteca Vaticana), for lute
11. Aleph: Quomodo obscuratum est aurum, for voice & continuo (Sabbati Sancti, Lectio Seconda)
12. Incipit Oratio Ieremiae Prophetae (Sabbati Sancti, Lectio Terza) (Manuscrit Q43 du Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale, Bologna)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on September 27, 2009
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... That's the title of my favorite book by the Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. I'd love to retranslate the title as "Beauty IS Sadness" or the converse "Sadness IS Beauty", a title which would fit this performance of settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah perfectly. Written for performance during the "tenebrae" (twilight) vespers services of Holy Week, such Lamentations were a genre by themselves of Catholic sacred music during the late Renaissance and Baroque epochs, a genre that includes some of the finest and most poignant music ever composed. Yes, this performance is uniformly sorrowful, intended, as the notes declare, to "revive the pleasures of sheer contrition to be had from singing such words as afflictio, dolor, and lamentatio..." Even if you, dear listener, aren't committed to contrition (yet), you'll seldom hear music of such soulful emotive beauty.

Tenebrae settings followed a strict pattern corresponding to the liturgical structure of vespers for the candlelight services for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Holy Week. Passages from the Book of Jeremiah, in Latin, were the "Lessons". There would have been other music, less dramatic, for the Psalms, with their antiphons, and other acts of worship during a Tenebrae service. Each lesson was introduced by a melismatic chant of the appropriate Hebrew-alphabet initial -- aleph, beth, etc. Likewise, each lessons conclude with the powerful poignancy of singing "Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your Lord God." Such plaintive repetitions both help to unify the music and to sublimate the grief expressed in the text.

There must be 100 excellent recordings of 18th C music for every single recording of equal excellence of 17th C music.
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