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Simon Preston; Stephen Cleobury - Lassus Choral Music (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

Simon Preston; Stephen Cleobury - Lassus Choral Music (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)
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Simon Preston; Stephen Cleobury - Lassus Choral Music (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

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Simon Preston; Stephen Cleobury - Lassus Choral Music (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

Three original Argo and Decca albums compiled together for the first time: Lassuswith an English accent.

Five Eloquence albums dedicated to the art of Simon Preston were enthusiastically welcomed by the press in 2018, featuring in'Best Of' end-of-year selections in Gramophoneand online. In 1970 Preston became Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Christ Church Oxford, and the Argo recordings that resulted pay eloquent testament to his gifts as a choir trainer. A pair of them featured music by the most fluent of the Low Countries polyphonists, Orlando Lassus.

The first was made in 1973, and widely recognised as a landmark album for its clarity of inner-part voicing and vivid sensitivity to Lassus' word-painting. A sequel followed two years later, pairing the fifth of the Penitential Psalms with some of the motets for which the composer is best known such as the splendid Omnesde Saba venientand Alma RedemptorisMaterwith its soaring top line ideally suited to an English cathedral treble line.

A Decca album of three Masses made two decades later enables instructive comparisons to be made between the pointed attack ofPreston's Christ Church choir in this music with the much smoother euphony of King's College, Cambridge. Commentators habitually rank Lassus'sMasses well below his motets, but nothing in the Masses heard here discloses Lassusat anything less than the height of his powers. Both MissaBell' AmfitritAlteraand MissaVinum Bonumare conceived for double choir –each choir being in SATB formation –and they accordingly show a greater opulence than most oftheir companions.

New booklet notes introduce Lassus'slife and work, written by the renowned scholar of Renaissance polyphony R.J. Stove.

'[Preston] can achieve brilliant effects from a choir; the sonorities in his performance of Omnesde sabavenientare hair-riasing, and his reading of the splendiferous Tui suntcoeliis no less superb.' High Fidelity, March 1978

'A sensitive and powerful account of the highest technical accomplishment, one of the most exciting records of early choral music to appear for some time. Recording quality is high.' Musical Times, January 1977 (Christ Church, Oxford)

'These are fine performances, typical of the English treble tradition at its best.' Gramophone, July 1996 (King's College, Cambridge)

Tracklistings:

ORLANDE DE LASSUS (1532–1594)

CD 1

1–6MissaBell' AmfitritAltera

7–8PsalmusPoenitentialisVII

CD 2

1Omnesde Saba venient

2Salve Regina

3Alma RedemptorisMater

4–5PsalmusPoenitentialisV

6Tuisuntcoeli

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Simon Preston

CD 3

1–6MissaSuper Triste depart

7–12MissaSuper Quand'iopens'almartire

13Motet: Vinum Bonum

14–19Missaad imitationemVinum Bonum

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury

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Release Date 8 Feb 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Simon Preston; Stephen Cleobury
Title Lassus Choral Music
Format CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET
Packaging -
ISBN N/A
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