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Lassus: 'Magnificat'

Magazine article Gramophone

Lassus: 'Magnificat'

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Lassus 'Magnificat' Berchem 0 s'io potessi donna Josquin Praeter rerum seriem Lassus Magnificat secundi toni II est jour; O s'io potessi donna; Praeter rerum seriem; Ultimi miei sospiri. Magnificat tertii toni --S'io credessi per morte essere scarco. Magnificat sexti toni--Da le belle contrade Reulx S'io credessi per morte essere scarco Rore Da le belle contrade Sermisy II est jour Verdelot Ultimi miei sospiri Die Singphoniker CPO [F] CP0777 957-2 (64' * DDD * T/t)

Following their well-received 2013 release, 'Hymnus', Die Singphoniker return to Lassus with a new programme. Lassus wrote over 100 Magnificat settings largely on the altematim principle: odd verses of plainsong and even verses of polyphony. Here, we have six where the polyphonic verses reference (parody) existing madrigals and hymns by other composers rather than the plainsong tone of the odd verses. Each Magnificat setting is preceded by its model, allowing listeners to hear such borrowing in operation and highlighting how the exemplars are changed and often quite substantially rewritten in the process. Contemporary listeners would certainly have recognised such secular music reworked into sacred and the musicologist David Crook has explained that this process exemplifies a desire to elevate secular music through repurposing it for a liturgical function. …

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