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Nordic Voices - Lamentations (2009)

Posted By : mook45 | Date : 25 Sep 2010 00:58:24 | Comments : 9 |
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Nordic Voices - Lamentations (2009)
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Choral | Label: Chandos - CHAN 0763 | FSe/FSo/MU/HF


Nordic Voices is a six-voice a cappella group blending solo and ensemble qualities. They have received glowing commentary on their concert performances, and their inaugural release on Chandos (CHSA5050) received praise from all corners of the globe. Washington Post wrote, ‘Intonations? Impeccable. Ensemble? Unfailing precision in phrasing, dynamics, colour – everything finely tuned. A succession of works ever-changing and expressing in meaning.’ Gramophone noted ‘ringing, clear timbres and an impressive blend.’

This current collection, superbly sung by these Norwegians, draws attention to the idea of global conflict. An idea inspired by the Offices of Tenebrae. The offices of Tenebrae (on the last three days of Holy Week) have always been celebrated with a sense of the drama appropriate to their commemoration of Christ’s Passion. The texts are about conflict and are as relevant and moving today as they must have been to the composers of the sixteenth century. Most major composers active in Catholic Europe in the late sixteenth century wrote at least one set of Tenebrae lamentations and/or responsories, partly because of liturgical demand but also because their highly-charged texts provided an opportunity for expressive writing.

The four composers represented here present a fascinating contrast to approaches to text setting. Luis de Victoria was born in Avila but spent his formative years in Rome where he published his Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae in 1585, containing a complete set of music for Holy Week. The lessons sung here come from all three days and show Victoria’s careful setting of the text and his ability to control texture by a constant grouping and regrouping of different voices. Perhaps unexpectedly, a significant group of Latin lamentation settings was composed in the England of Elizabeth I. The lamentation texts, with their undertones of religious persecution, could speak to both Protestants and Catholics alike. Robert White worked at Ely and Chester Cathedrals before moving to Westminster Abbey as Master of the Choristers by 1570.

“Victoria's wonderful settings first appeared in 1585. Nordic Voices take his precarious and adventurous lines in their strike, and they use dynamic shading to great effect. The big surprise on this disc is the astonishingly accomplished music by the English composer Robert White... Here musical architecture is everything. Nordic Voices wisely underplay the local false relations of the harmonies, but some superb passing details remain, such as the single dark, empty moment of desolate grief at 'dolor meus'.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****


Track listing
TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA (c. 1548-1611)
1 Lectio III, Sabbato Sancto. Incipit oratio Jeremiæ Prophetæ 6:33

2 Lectio III, Feria VI in Passione Domini. Aleph – Ego vir videns paupertatem meam 4:16

3 Lectio I, Sabbato Sancto. Heth – Misericordiæ Domini 4:02

4 Lectio III, Feria V in Cœna Domini. Iod – Manum suam misit hostis 6:44

DON CARLOS GESUALDO, PRINCIPE DI VENOSA (c. 1561-1613)
5 Responsorium II, Feria V in Cœna Domini. Tristis est anima mea 5:49

ROBERT WHITE (c. 1538-1574)
6 Lectio I and II, Feria V in Cœna Domini. Heth – Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem 17:54

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (1525/26-1594)
7 Lectio III, Feria V in Cœna Domini. Iod – Manum suam misit hostis 8:33

8 Lectio III, Sabbato Sancto. Incipit oratio Jeremiæ Prophetæ 8:20

DON CARLOS GESUALDO, PRINCIPE DI VENOSA
9 Responsorium V, Feria VI in Passione Domini. Tenebræ factæ sunt 5:29

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Posted By: DocBogus Date: 25 Sep 2010 02:46:21
Brilliant. Thanks mate (MU and all!)
Posted By: basa005 Date: 25 Sep 2010 09:08:53
bellissimo disco!
drammatica copertina.
grazie!
Posted By: prehensile Date: 25 Sep 2010 15:23:19
Many thanks - phenomenally beautiful music.

Does anyone have the first album, Reges Terrae?
Posted By: hipalex Date: 25 Sep 2010 22:46:01
many thanks
http://www.chandos.net/details06.asp?CNumber=CHAN%200763
Posted By: Igone Date: 26 Sep 2010 00:39:09
Thank you very much !
Posted By: cayel69 Date: 27 Sep 2010 08:04:42
Unknown group for me. A great discover. Thank you very much.
Posted By: will parker Date: 27 Sep 2010 10:46:58
Thanks for posting.
Posted By: harrygee Date: 01 Nov 2010 17:38:26
Wonderful music. Thank you!
Posted By: MLGMUSIC Date: 20 Mar 2011 10:40:50
very nice album thank you !