Lassus: Requiem à 5 & Motets
Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Historic Brass of the Guildhall, London; Choir of Girton College, Cambridge; Morrell, Lucy; Wilson, Gareth
Lassus’ five-part setting of the Requiem is rarely heard; here it is recorded with brass for the first time, the somber colors of the sackbuts further darkening the tone. Interweaving a number of motets, some also receiving first recordings, and a madrigal on death by one of Lassus’ contemporaries in an organ transcription, this innovative recording takes the listener on a spiritual journey, through the darkness of bereavement to the elevation of the Christian soul after death. Girton College Chapel Choir is an international-prize-winning choir of around 28 members, which has grown in prominence over the last ten years, due to its impressive musical standards, regular recordings, and ambitious, exciting touring schedule. One of the main attractions to students is the combination of low time commitment and high musical standards. During Full Term, the Choir’s principal function is to sing the liturgy in Girton’s Chapel. This includes Choral Evensong every Sunday, and Compline (a beautiful, meditative evening service) on alternate Tuesdays.