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Fire (1566) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67640
Recording details: February 2007
Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria
Produced by Stephen Rice
Engineered by Markus Wallner
Release date: August 2007
Total duration: 5 minutes 2 seconds

Lamentabatur Jacob
author of text
Medieval Respond, Italy

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Lamentabatur Jacob, the story of Jacob’s grief at the taking into captivity of his sons Joseph and Benjamin, was set most famously by the Spaniard Cristóbal de Morales, member of the Sistine Chapel choir during the 1540s. To judge from the musical qualities of Regnart’s setting, it would seem likely that he knew the motet by Morales, since Regnart uses a similar chromatic melody at the opening of his setting. Later, Regnart takes the unusual step of setting the phrase ‘ducto pro alimoniis’ (‘taken as surety’) in triple time and homophony, with funereal effect.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

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