Lassus, The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Missa Surge Propera

Published Wednesday 1st December 2004
Lassus, The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Missa Surge Propera
Lassus, The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Missa Surge Propera

STYLE: Choral
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10071-9627
LABEL: Gaudeamus CDGAU310

Reviewed by Liz Knowles

If you've been listening to chant, and fancy moving on, try polyphony. This disk is exquisite. Liturgical settings of texts from the Song Of Songs, the Mass and the Magnificat, where the voices weave and twine melody in intricate and dynamic forms. This is complicated music, yet extraordinarily soothing, even sublime. The 10 singers of The Cardinall's Musick are effectively soloists, but their voices blend into a pattern of sound making it hard to distinguish one from the other. Lassus was a prolific composer of secular as well as sacred music, a working chapel musician at a Bavarian court from the 1550s till his death in 1594. In "These Three Are One" (Blackwells, 1998) David Cunningham considers polyphony as a dynamic model for helping to understand the Holy Trinity. Let this music flow over you - and see what you think.

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