• CPO5552642 Katalognummer
  • 761203526420 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår
  • På lager Tilgjengelighet


Guests (Grabitzky, Helne) (soprano) | Pehl, Andreas (countertenor)

Lasso, Orlando di




Orlando di Lasso:

Bußpsalmen I-VII; Laudes Domini

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Following the successful CDs Hymnus and Magnificat with music by Orlando di
Lasso – klassik-heute described them as »standard-setting« – the
Singphoniker are now concluding their little Lasso cycle with a recording
of his complete Penitential Psalms. It was around 1559 that the Bavarian
Duke Albrecht V commissioned a manuscript in which the textual, pictorial,
and musical dimensions were to be combined. Orlando di Lasso was assigned
the task of setting the seven Penitential Psalms, a group of texts regarded
as a unit since ancient times, and rounded off this work with praise of God
in the form of a motet on Psalms 148 and 150. Lasso set the texts verse by
verse, in this way drawing on an old liturgical model for Psalm settings.
This method means that relatively short textual units produce a
self-contained musical whole with component parts of rather limited extent;
the musical form, the structure of the composition of an entire psalm, is
developed from the design of the text. Just how very much the composer was
thinking of the traditional manner of singing is shown in particular by the
sixth Penitential Psalm, in which he bases his setting on the monophonic
liturgical singing of psalms in the Lydian mode and uses it as a cantus
firmus. It is certainly no coincidence that in the nineteenth century the
first significant edition of Lasso’s music was dedicated to the Penitential
Psalms: Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn (who, by the way, taught Clara Schumann and
Mikhail Glinka) published it in 1838. This is finely crafted and highly
impressive music – and again and again the Singphoniker amaze us with their
sonorous renderings of it.


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