Orlando di Lasso - Musica Reservata: Secret Music for Albrecht V | Pan Classics PC10323

Orlando di Lasso - Musica Reservata: Secret Music for Albrecht V

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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10323

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 12th January 2015

Contents

Works

Lasso, Orlando di

Dic mihi quem portas
Penitenial Psalms (7)
» no.1: Psalm 6 - Domine ne in furore tuo
» no.5: Psalm 102 - Domine exaudi orationem meam et clamor meus ad te veniat
» no.7: Psalm 143 - Domine exaudi orationem meam auribus percipe obsecrationem meam
Quo properas facunde nepos Atlantis

Artists

Profeti della Quinta
Dolce Risonanza

Conductor

Florian Wieninger

Works

Lasso, Orlando di

Dic mihi quem portas
Penitenial Psalms (7)
» no.1: Psalm 6 - Domine ne in furore tuo
» no.5: Psalm 102 - Domine exaudi orationem meam et clamor meus ad te veniat
» no.7: Psalm 143 - Domine exaudi orationem meam auribus percipe obsecrationem meam
Quo properas facunde nepos Atlantis

Artists

Profeti della Quinta
Dolce Risonanza

Conductor

Florian Wieninger

About

The ensemble Dolce Risonanza, together with the vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta, follow the traces of Orlando di Lasso and the Bavarian Court Orchestra in Munich on this recording. This ensemble, under the direction of its kapellmeister Orlando di Lasso (15321594), was one of the most important musical institutions of its time. Selected singers from all over Europe and the best Italian instrumental virtuosos formed the ensemble of the art-loving Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria (15281579) of the House of Wittelsbach. Orlando di Lasso composed his 'Psalmi penitentiali' around 1560 for this select ensemble.

The expressive settings of the Psalm texts have been preserved in a magnificent manuscript by the Munich court painter Hans Mielich, decorated with wonderful miniatures. Albrecht V forbade Lasso to publish his 'Penitential Psalms' and preserved the valuable manuscript in his musica reservata in his private library, where only selected guests were permitted to view them.

The most recent musicological research has reached the conclusion that the famous illustration of the Munich Court Orchestra represents a specific performance situation of Lasso's 'Penitential Psalms'. In order to attain a genuine performance in accordance with Mielich's painting, Dolce Risonanza commissioned the reconstruction of string and wind instruments especially for this project - these were newly built by leading instrument-makers in the area of historical performance practice. It is thus possible, for the first time after about 450 years, to experience this music in the original instrumentation for the Munich Court Orchestra under Orlando di Lasso.

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