Orlando di Lasso
About the composer
Orlando di Lasso (also Orlandus Lassus, Roland de Lâtre) was born in 1532 in Hainault, Belgium and died in 1594 in Munich, Germany. Became as a boy famous for his voice. Ferdinand Gonzago, the vice-roy of Sicily, took Lasso as a 10 year old with him on many voyages through Italy. In 1556 he became Master of the Court Chapel in Munich. He makes it to one of the most important musical centers of Europe. Lasso is one of the most fertile composers: more than 2000 compositions, amongst others more than 1300 motets, 100 Magnificats en 50 masses.
About the Stabat Mater
Male Choir (originally: 2 four-voiced choirs (SSAT/ATTB)
|Length:||CD 1: 17.04 minutes and CD 2: 17.56 minutes|
As with Palestrina's Stabat Mater the choir is divided into two choirs of four voices. The two choirs (upper and lower voices) alternate in singing a pair of stanzas, until they come together in the closing section in a glorious mixture of eight-part polyphony and antiphonal block harmony.
The "Analecta"version of the text is used.
Information about the recording
|CD1:||Virgin VER 5 61166 2: Lassus|
Dedicated to works of di Lasso. Recorded at the Priority Church of St Mary & St Blaise, Boxgrove, West-Sussex, in September 1983. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 1997.
|Choir:||The Hilliard Ensemble|
In Monte Oliveti
|CD2:||ASV Quicksilva CD QS 6234: Stabat Mater – Late medieval Motets of Penitence and Passion|
7 Motets by different composers, beautifully sung. Recorded at the Church of St.Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter, in June 1998. I bought this CD on the Internet, Amazon.com, 2001.
Jean Mouton: Ave Maria Gemma Virginum