Lassus: Mass "Tous les regretz" & Motets
Although it is surprising music Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) is unjustly forgotten, although he was one of the best known composers of the sixteenth century. It was, along with Palestrina ,, the most important composer of the Renaissance Franco-Flemish school. Renaissance polyphony would be impossible without the presence of Lassus. From 1563 until his death in 1594, was Kappelmeister Duke of Bavaria, where he led one of the best ensembles in Europe. Excelled in different genres: French chanson dominated the Italian madrigal, the motet and mass. Serving Ferrante Gonzaga, traveled to Flanders and Italy to search for the best singers and instrumentalists to form the ensemble of the court.
"The excellent vocals of The Choir of New College Oxford, led by organist, conductor and composer Edward Higginbottom, made a trip to the bowels of counterpoint of Lassus and his clear expression favor an appropriate atmosphere of contemplation and quietism. It is a luxury to work polyphonic motets of Lassus with Higginbottom. The admirable British director always finds opportunities to enhance the beauty." Sonograma Magazine http://sonograma.org/suplement-de-discos/tous-les-regretz-motets/