Orlande De Lassus (1532? - 1594)

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20051207

One of the many remarkable aspects of the work of Lassus was the range of the texts which he set, and in some cases, the radical nature of the music to which the composer set them.

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly continue their exploration of this unique composer with some of his most remarkable and richly coloured works.

Prophetiae Sibyllarum

Hilliard Ensemble

Penitential Psalm No 7, Psalm 143

Henry's Eight

Motet: Salve regina

Choir of New College Oxford

Edward Higginbottom (director).

Orlande De Lassus (1532? - 1594)20051208

4/5.

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly discuss the blossoming Renaissance interest in the poetry of the classical authors, and how composers looked to them for works to set.

But Lassus also looked to contemporary authors, and ultimately was to produce significant works drawn from sources ancient and modern.

Dulces exuviae - Didos Lament

Huelgas-Ensemble

Paul van Nevel (director)

Lagrime di San Pietro

Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb (soprano)

Mary Nichols, Cathy Cass (alto)

Joseph Cornwell, Andrew King (tenor)

Richard Wistreich (bass)

The Consort of Musicke

Anthony Rooley (director).

01*20051205

Donald Macleod steps back in time to 16th century mainland Europe, to explore the life and musical world of one of the most prolific and widely-admired musicians of the age - Orlande de Lassus.

His guide is the distinguished musicologist and conductor Jeremy Summerly.

Timor et tremor

Choir of New College Oxford

Edward Higginbottom

Magnificat Super Aurora Lucis Rutilat

Pro Cantione Antiqua

Bruna Turner (director)

Missa BellAmfitritaltera

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Three songs:

Lucescit jam o socii

Un jeune moine est sorti du couvent

Chi chilichi

Ensemble Clément Janequin

Dominique Visse (director).

0220051206

Lassus was an extraordinarily well-travelled composer.

He was born in Mons in Belgium, and subsequently visited Fontainebleu, Mantua, Milan, Naples, Florence, Rome, possibly England, Antwerp, before settling for the last 30 years of his life in Munich.

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly discuss the extent of Lassus' travels, and his remarkable skill with language, something Lassus exploited in his career.

Motet Vinum Bonum

Missa ad Imitationem Vinum Bonum - excerpt - (Kyrie and Gloria)

Ex Cathedra

His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts

Jeffrey Skidmore (director)

Missa Susanne un jour

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Toutes les nuicts que sans vous...

Delphine Collot (soprano)

Ricercar Consort

Phillippe Pierlot (director).

0420051208

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly discuss the blossoming Renaissance interest in the poetry of the classical authors, and how composers looked to them for works to set.

But Lassus also looked to contemporary authors, and ultimately was to produce significant works drawn from sources ancient and modern.

Dulces exuviae - Dido's Lament

Huelgas-Ensemble

Paul van Nevel (director)

Lagrime di San Pietro

Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb (soprano)

Mary Nichols, Cathy Cass (alto)

Joseph Cornwell, Andrew King (tenor)

Richard Wistreich (bass)

The Consort of Musicke

Anthony Rooley (director).

05 LAST20051209

Donald Macleod concludes his series of conversations with Jeremy Summerly about the music of Lassus by trying to piece together the kind of character Lassus actually was, and the nature of the legacy he left.

Motet for Trinity - Alleluia, laus et Gloria

Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

Richard Marlow (director)

Infelix ego

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Ich weiss mir ein meidlein hübsch und fein

Lautten Compagney

Lamentations of Jeremiah (for Good Friday)

Ensemble Européen de la Chapelle Royale

Philippe Herreweghe (director)

Agnus Dei; Communio (Lux Aeterna) - from Requiem (Missa pro defunctis)

Hilliard Ensemble.

05 LAST*20051209

Donald Macleod concludes his series of conversations with Jeremy Summerly about the music of Lassus by trying to piece together the kind of character Lassus actually was, and the nature of the legacy he left.

Motet for Trinity - Alleluia, laus et Gloria

Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

Richard Marlow (director)

Infelix ego

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Ich weiss mir ein meidlein hübsch und fein

Lautten Compagney

Lamentations of Jeremiah (for Good Friday)

Ensemble Européen de la Chapelle Royale

Philippe Herreweghe (director)

Agnus Dei; Communio (Lux Aeterna) - from Requiem (Missa pro defunctis)

Hilliard Ensemble.