Lassus’ five-part setting of the Requiem is rarely heard; here it is recorded with brass for the first time, the sombre colours of the sackbuts further darkening the tone. Interweaving a number of motets, some also receiving first recordings, and a madrigal on death by one of Lassus’ contemporaries in an organ transcription, this innovative programme takes the listener on a spiritual journey, through the darkness of bereavement to the elevation of the Christian soul after death.
The Choir of Girton College, Cambridge (Tracks 1-4, 6-10, 12-14, 17) Historic Brass of the Guildhall, London (Jeremy West, leader) (Tracks 2-8, 10, 12-14, 17) Lucy Morrell, organ (Tracks 3, 4, 6-8, 10-13, 16, 17) Gareth Wilson, director
Requiem a 5** https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0397/03.mp3
Requiem a 5 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0397/06.mp3
Piano Quintet No. 2 (1999) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0397/08.mp3
Requiem a 5 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0397/10.mp3
John Bennett arr. Wilson: https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0397/11.mp3
Requiem a 5 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0397/12.mp3
* First Recordings ** First Recordings in this Version
Catalogue No: TOCC0397EAN/UPC: 5060113443977Release Date: 01.04.2017Composer: Orlande de Lassus Artists: Gareth Wilson, Historic Brass of the Guildhall, London, Jeremy West, Lucy Morrell, The Choir of Girton College, Cambridge
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Robert Hugill :
“The CD booklet includes two comprehensive articles by Barbara Eichner and by Gareth Wilson. This is the first recording of Lassus’s Requiem a 5 with instrumental accompaniment, and a number of motets are first recordings. This disc is a notable achievement, and the combination of choir and brass really lifts the choral music.” –Planet Hugill, July 2017
Gary Higginson :
“Indeed there are those who would argue that he is really a more significant figure than Palestrina whom generations have come to revere. … What makes this disc so compelling is its plan with the Requiem being split up around the recording and divided by appropriate motets some of which are being played just on brass others sung with the brass. … The ‘Historic Brass of the Guildhall’ consisting of cornetts and sackbuts, are new to me but they make a sonorous and beautifully balanced noise especially when accompanying the choir. The motets work most strikingly for them.” –Music Web International, July 2017
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