Performers: Ensemble Vocale Speculum Musicae [Andrea Arrivabene, Paolo Costa, Gianluigi Ghiringhelli (Cantus); Fabio Furnari, Gianclaudio Martin, Stefano Palese (Altus); Michele Da Ros, Marco Scavazza, Diego Ugo (Tenor); Paolo Bassi, Alessandro Pitteri, Walter Testolin (Bassus)].
Playing time: 55:56
Recording date: November 2000
This is the first recording of works by Giovanni Nasco (1500?-1561), who was probably born in Nivelles. The Lamentations and the Responsory were composed around 1560, possibly for the Cathedral at Treviso where Nasco served as maestro da capella from 1547 to his death in 1561. In addition to Lamentations, he wrote several madrigals, masses, motets, Magnificats, and Salve Reginas. The Lamentations were apparently his last sacred pieces, composed very shortly before his death. They are unusual in being largely homophonic and in their use of a single motive on the words "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum" in each set of lections. The recording comes in a double-CD jewel-case and features an 84-page booklet with notes in Italian, English, German, French, and Japanese.
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