Lassus: The Song of Songs

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Program: #05-46, Air Date: 11/07/05

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recent release of music of Roland de Lassus with the Cardinall's Musick directed by Andrew Carwood on the ASV Gaudeamus label, CD # GAU 310.


Unlike Palestrina, Lassus never collected his settings of The Song of Songs (Canticum Canticorum) in one publication--this is the first time a disc has united this many of the motets inspired by this Song of Solomon together. The major work on the disc is the mass based on Lassus' motet Surge propera.

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ROLAND de LASSUS (c.1532-1594)

--Quam pulchra es ("How beautiful you are, and how comely").

--Veni in hortum meum ("I have come into the garden").

--Surge, propera, amica mea ("Rise up, make haste my love, and come").

--Missa Surge propera.

--Tota pulchra es ("You are completely fair, my love").

--Osculetur me ("Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth").

--Vulnerasti cor meum ("You have ravished my heart").

--Veni dilecte mi ("Come, my beloved, let us go forth").

--Magnificat quarti toni.

Composer Info

ROLAND de LASSUS (c.1532-1594)

CD Info

CD # GAU 310