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Missa Surgens Propera (Carwood, Cardinall's Musick)

Orlande De Lassus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gaudeamus
  • ASIN: B0001EMM3I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quam Pulchra Es
2. Veni In Hortum Meum
3. Surge Propera Amica Mea
4. Kyrie
5. Gloria
6. Credo
7. Sanctus
8. Benedictus
9. Agnus Dei
10. Tota Pulchra Es
11. Osculetur Me
12. Vulnerasti Cor Meum
13. Veni Dilecte Mi
14. Magnificat Quarti Toni

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By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
You may like to know that this disc has now been reissued in budget format: Lassus Missa Surgens Propera

This is a good recording of some of Lassus's motets and a fine mass setting. Lassus was a very good composer whose huge output is becoming more widely available and this is a welcome contribution to his growing discography.

The Cardinall's Musick are now one of the world's leading ensembles in Renaissance polyphony and some of their recordings are genuine classics. They are especially good in English music, and I don't think this quite comes up to the standard of their magnificent recordings of Byrd, Fayrfax and Ludford, for example. Part of this is the music itself, I suspect. It is very good, but to me Lassus can sometimes be a little ponderous, and I do occasionally get the sense of a disciplined Teutonic construction rather than a real expression of spirituality, emotion or simple beauty here. All these things are present, certainly, but not always in the glowing, human way which really brings this music to life.

The Cardinall's Musick sing excellently, of course, with impeccable technique and intonation and they do create a very lovely sound. I find it hard to say how much of the slight disengagement I feel from this music is due to the performance and how much to the music itself, but neither quite hits the spot for me - which is extremely unusual for The Cardinall's Musick.

All this is a personal feeling rather than any deep-rooted criticism of the disc so others may not agree, but for me this isn't one of The Cardinall's Musick's finest discs. However, in spite of my reservations it is still very good and well worth hearing so if you're interested in this repertoire I'd recommend giving it a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Lassus CDs currently available 12 July 2005
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In an age when the Council of Trent had strictly forbidden the use of any sensual or even vaguely erotic material as the basis of sacred music, Orlando Lassus (c.1532 - 1594) always managed to find a way to subvert the prudish authoritarianism of the church leadership. He continued to often blatently use sensous chansons as the basis for his sacred works and the Missa Surge Propera recorded here is no exception. The original words are 'rise up, make haste my love, and come... show me your face...for your voice is sweet and your face is comely'. Surely this would have been enough to stir up the wrath of the Council of Trent had they known.

Whatever the case Lassus' music has a directly sensuous appeal in a way rivalled by few Renaissance composers. The trouble is that the number of groups willing to explore this aspect of this composer seem few and far between. Most try to make the music sound as pious and prim as possible, as though to avoid these undercurrents. So it comes as a refreshing surprise to find works such as the Mass here along with Surge Propera and Osculeteur Me (the opening words are 'let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth' - used as the basis of another mass!) being allow to display their full sensuality as they are here. The results are tasteful, refined and sensually poetic. All this is more than a little due to the lovely sensual sonorities of the Cardinalls Musick under Andrew Carwood, whose sopranos are particularly good.

The only quibble I have is with the recorded sound which is a little on the dry and boxy side. However there is admirable clarity and the the balance between voices is good.
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