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Responsories for Holy Week

By Ars Cantica

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By Ars Cantica and Marco Berrini. By Orlande De Lassus (1532-1594). Classical. CD. Toccata Classics #TOCC0404. Published by Toccata Classics (NX.TOCC0404).

Item Number: NX.TOCC0404

Orlande de Lassus was one of the most prolific composers in history: he wrote more than 70 Masses and 700 motets, around 300 madrigals and 100 Magnificats, as well as hymns, German Lieder, French chansons and Italian villanesche. Around 1580 Lassus composed a four-voice setting of the eighteen Responsories for the second and third Nocturns of Holy Week, probably intended for the services in the private chapel of his employer, Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria. In these miniature dramas Lassus skillfully supports the text, as was then required by the Council of Trent, illustrating the human tragedy of the Easter story with exquisite music that is all the more moving for its restraint. This is the first recording of the critical edition of the Responsories prepared by the late Peter Bergqvist, the internationally recognized authority on Lassus' music.

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