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Track(s) taken from CDA67887

Iustorum animae

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Offertory at Mass on The Feast of All Saints; Wisdom 3: 1-3

The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
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Recording details: September 2010
The Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Justin Lowe
Release date: August 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds

Cover artwork: Sibyl (c1540) by Francesco Ubertini Verdi Bachiacca (c1494-1557)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London

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'The Brabant Ensemble's singers sound thoroughly engaged in their tribute to Lassus, with a rich tone-spectrum allowing for maximum appreciation of his fluid, elegant polyphony' (Choir & Organ)

'They certainly are astonishing in their harmonic daring, moving from C major via G major and B major to C sharp minor in the bat of an eyelid, and are wonderfully captured here by the suavely assured Brabant Ensemble under scholarly Stephen Rice. The prologue and 12 movements that make up Prophetiae Sibyllarum are joined by a Mass, a magnificat and three marvellous motets, including the sumptuous Tristis est anima mea. Listen and be moved' (The Observer)

'The performances throughout are wonderfully persuasive, with nothing arch or affected in the way in which the texts are presented; expressively, music that is as highly wrought as any of its time is made to seem completely natural' (The Guardian)

'In his day, de Lassus was more celebrated than his contemporary Palestrina and even more prolific, although today their relative pre-eminence is reversed. This disc is typically representative of The Brabant Ensemble's intention to record and promulgate somewhat lesser-known music from the first half of the sixteenth century. Devotees of the period will welcome its austere, otherworldly beauty' (MusicWeb International)
Iustorum animae begins imitatively before rapidly adopting a much more homophonic mode of expression. The ‘torment of death’ is illustrated with some advanced dissonance which sounds rather more gorgeous than grating, before a short triple-time section gives way to a very static final few bars which represent the souls’ state of peace.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2011

Iustorum animae s’ouvre en imitation avant de vite adopter un mode d’expression nettement plus homophonique. Le «tourment de la mort» est illustré par une dissonance poussée, qui paraît plus délicieuse que grinçante, puis une section ternaire cède la place à quelques mesures finales, très statiques, symbolisant la paix des âmes.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Iustorum animae beginnt imitativ, bevor sich sehr schnell ein deutlich mehr homophoner Ausdruck einstellt. Die „Todesqual“ wird durch fortgeschrittene Dissonanzen illustriert, die eher prächtig als peinigend klingen, bevor ein kurzer Abschnitt im Dreiertakt in die sehr statischen Schlusstakte übergeht, die den friedvollen Zustand der Seele darstellen.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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