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Lamenta

The Tallis Scholars

CDGIM 996

Total Playing Time 73 minutes

Six settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, traditionally performed after dark on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

The Old Testament Lamentations of Jeremiah are highly penitential, even hopeless in spirit, which makes them ideal material for the religious service with which they are always associated - Matins on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. This service, traditionally held after dark, became known as Tenebrae. The darkness, the emotive events of Holy Week itself, the sombre texts and intense music, combined to make Tenebrae one of the most powerful experiences in the Church's year.

This recording presents six settings of the Lamentations. Each ends with the call "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn to the Lord your God", as was customary in the Roman Catholic liturgy of the sixteenth century. The other verses chosen for each setting rarely overlap. All the composers, with the exception of Palestrina, follow the convention of preceding each verse with the Letter from the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Teth, Ghimel etc), as found in the Hebrew original of the Old Testament. This practice, like numbering the verses of a chapter, allowed composers to make an expressive distinction between the Letters, which they set in elaborate abstract music, and the text proper, which is more syllabic, more matter-of-fact. Where the Lament itself has the kind of immediacy which can sustain the use of dissonant harmony and word-painting, the Letters come over by comparison like an illuminated initial in a medieval manuscript, colourful against the black certainties of the script. It is this juxtaposition of the freely elegiac with the bitterness of Jeremiah's complaints, that makes this music so fascinating.

© 1998 Peter Phillips

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Produced by Steve C Smith and Peter Phillips for Gimell Records.

Recording Engineers: Philip Hobbs (1,5,6); 2-4 Mike Clements and Mike Hatch (2-4).

Recorded in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Salle, Norfolk, England. 

Designed by Smith & Gilmour.

The copyright in this sound recording and in its accompanying sleeve notes, translations and visual designs, is owned by Gimell Records.

(P) 1998 Original sound recording made by Gimell Records
© 1998 Gimell Records

 

The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips

Ferrabosco

Track 1. Performing edition by Jon Dixon for Joed Music.

Soprano

Deborah Roberts, Sally Dunkley

Alto

Caroline Trevor, Michael Lees

Tenor

Steven Harrold, Philip Cave, James Gilchrist, Toby Watkin

Bass

Donald Greig, Francis Steele

 

 

Tallis

Tracks 2 & 3. Performing editions by Sally Dunkley for Gimell Records.

Soprano

Deborah Roberts, Sally Dunkley

Alto

Caroline Trevor, Robert Harre-Jones, Nigel Short, Adrian Hill

Tenor

Charles Daniels, Richard Edgar-Wilson

Bass

Donald Greig, Francis Steele

 

 

Brumel

Track 4. Performing edition by Ivan Moody for Gimell Records.

Alto

Nigel Short, Caroline Trevor

Tenor

Charles Daniels, Simon Davies, Rufus Müller, Mark Padmore

Bass

Donald Greig, Francis Steele

 

 

White

Track 5. Performing edition by Sally Dunkley for Gimell Records.

Soprano

Deborah Roberts, Sally Dunkley, Tessa Bonner, Rachel Platt

Alto

Caroline Trevor, Robert Harre-Jones

Tenor

Rufus Müller, Simon Davies

Bass

Donald Greig, Francis Steele

 

 

Palestrina

Track 6. Performing edition by Martyn Imrie for Mapa Mundi.

Soprano

Tessa Bonner, Deborah Roberts, Sally Dunkley, Janet Coxwell

Alto

Caroline Trevor, Michael Lees

Tenor

Steven Harrold, Philip Cave, James Gilchrist, Toby Watkin

Bass

Donald Greig, Francis Steele

 

The musical editions performed in these recordings are available to download free of charge in the PDF format. Please respect the copyright notice shown on each edition.




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