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Music for Maundy Thursday

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listen  1. Lamentation I, "Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae" 8:11Album Only
listen  2. In monte oliveti oravit ad patrem Pater si fieri potest: Responsory I, "In monte oliveti oravit ad patrem Pater si fieri potest" 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lamentation II, "Et egressus est a filia Sion omnis decor ejus"10:38Album Only
listen  4. Tristis est anima mea usque ad mortem: Responsory II, "Tristis est anima mea usque ad mortem" 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lamentation III, "Manum suam misit hostis ad omnia" 8:39Album Only
listen  6. Ecce vidimus eum non habentem speciem: Responsory III, "Ecce vidimus eum non habentem speciem" 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Traditor autem dedit eis signum dicens: Antiphon ad Benedictus0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Benedictus pro Hebdomada sancta (Benedictus for Holy Week) 8:07Album Only
listen  9. Traditor autem dedit eis signum dicens: Antiphon ad Benedictus"0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Christus factus est pro nobis obediens, usque morte: Verse, "Christus factus est pro nobis obediens, usque morte"0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Miserere Mei10:59Album Only

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  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000006HWP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Musica Contexta was formed by Simon Ravens (a former assistant to Andrew Parrott) specifically to present Renaissance music in context--that is, in the sort of musical setting (e.g., a liturgy) for which it was conceived. Their auspicious debut record for Chandos re-creates a portion of the Sistine Chapel's legendary Tenebræ services for Holy Week. They follow each lesson (taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah) with a plainchant responsory and frame each Psalm with its plainchant antiphon. (This practice really does give Palestrina's polyphony some breathing space, keeping it from becoming monotonous.) They add ornaments in the Benedictus and Miserere, as was standard at that time and place. Most importantly, they give Palestrina's sweet, sad, soulful lamentations the performance they deserve. --Matthew Westphal

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Guy Cutting on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've done a lot of looking for recordings of these pieces in the past (without any success until these were issued) and I am happy beyond description to find them. These Lamentations are very important works and have not recieved nearly as much attention as settings by other composers (Tallis and Victoria, just to name two). They really are ravishing to listen to for a number of reasons. On an aesthetic level they are most pleasing: scored for six voices they offer a lavish, dense sound which cannot be surpassed. On an emotional and spiritual level they are stunning. They reflect the intense emotion which is such an integral part of Holy Week. Palestrina is often thought of as simply a craftsman: that is, his music is viewed as technically perfect but lacking intensity of expression. That view was adopted by a number of people in the 19th century and reflects a Romantic approach to music which is on a totally different level. Palestrina is amazingly intense, but his emotion is not superfluous - it is subtle, carefully controlled, and lacking any superficiality. The program that is put together on this disc is an interesting one - the name of the group indicates their purpose which is to perform music in context. The plainchant responsories are appropriate and provide wonderful contrast (although the reviewer says that they provide relief from the monotony of the polyphony, it is, for me at least, actually the other way around - the chant, sung without a lot of expressiveness leaves something to be desired. Don't get me wrong, the chant itself is certainly not tedious, but Musica Contexta's singing of it can be). Also included are a benedictus for Holy Week and a setting of Miserere mei, Deus, a penitential psalm.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Concert Music on March 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't actually own this work, but I was fortunate enough to just hear a BBC broadcast of the contents of this CD as sung by Musica Contexta in St. Patrick's Church, London. I happened to be sitting at work, and for the hour of the broadcast, the world stood still as I sat there, transfixed and reverent.
If the CD is half as good as the performance, and it is bound to be even better, since I heard this work in radio quality, I must call this the definitive recording of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. Musica Contexta does a brilliant job of presenting this moving piece, with the plainchant responsories making the polyphony parts even more beautiful than ordinarily.
I could go on and on (the music is still ringing in my ear and fresh in my memory), but let me stop with the humble suggestion of purchasing this work immediately if you are at all inclined; I will!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the best recording of Palestrina's Lamentations for Maundy Thursday that there is. They have kept to the "original" manuscript" closer than any other.
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