Lassus: Missa Osculetur me

Lassus: Missa Osculetur me & Motets
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 018
Gimell 454 918


  1. Motet: Osculetur me (à 8)

  2. Missa Osculetur me (à 8)
  3. Kyrie
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Sanctus & Benedictus
  7. Agnus Dei
  8. Motet: Hodie completi sunt (à 6)
  9. Motet: Timor et tremor (à 6)
  10. Motet: Alma Redemptoris Mater (à 8)
  11. Motet: Salve Regina (à 8)
  12. Motet: Ave Regina caelorum (à 6)
  13. Motet: Regina caeli (à 7)

Performers: Ruth Holton, Deborah Roberts, Barbara Borden, Sally Dunkley (sopranos); Caroline Trevor, Ashley Stafford, Robert Jones, Timothy Wilson (altos); Andrew Grant, Charles Daniels, Nicholas Robertson, Rufus Müller (tenors); Jeremy White, Francis Steele, Stephen Jackson, Donald Greig (basses)

Playing time: 49'

Release date: 1989

[2]-[6] Gimell CDGIM 211 [CD] The Tallis Scholars Sing Flemish Masters

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 15/5- (May / June 1991)

The Missa Osculetur me is for double choir, and one of Lassus' three late masses in this style. It shows some forward-thinking applications of what are apparently Italian ideas on double choir writing. The motets Osculetur me & Salve regina use a similar arrangement, while Alma redemptoris Mater is midway between double choir writing and more traditional Franco-Flemish through-composed polyphony. While the other motets are in more traditional idioms, Timor et tremor shows extreme chromatic traits heralding Gesualdo.

Some other significant all-vocal recordings:

Lassus: Missa Surge Propera / Motets
Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood
AS&V "Gaudeamus" 310
Lassus: Missa pro defunctis / Prophetiae Sibyllarum
Hilliard Ensemble
ECM 1658
Lassus: Missa Entre vous filles / Missa Susanne un jour
Oxford Camerata - Jeremy Summerly
Naxos 8.550842
Renaissance Masterpiece Volume II - Munich
Roland de Lassus
The Choir of New College, Oxford - Edward Higginbottom
Collins Classics 1494

And some other interesting releases including instrumental support, as was often the fashion at the time:

Lassus: Missa ad imitationem moduli Vinum bonum
La Fenice / Choeur de chambre de Namur - Peter Phillips
Ricercar 155141
Lassus: Missa super "Je suis deshéritée"
Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto / Accadeia del Ricercare - Dario Tabbia
Stradivarius 33345
Lassus: Missa ad imitationem moduli vinum bonum
Ex Cathedra / His Majesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts
AS&V Gaudeamus 150

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Todd M. McComb