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Orlando di Lasso: German Songs and Instrumental Music (1995)

by Bernhard Landauer (alto), Lautten Compagney, Mona Spagele (soprano), Thomas Herberich (bass), Wilfried Jochens (tenor)

About this title: Orlande Lassus (here called Orlando di Lasso) would be at the top of the pop charts in the latter half of the seventeenth century if such records had been kept; there was a certain time when some of Lassus' tunes were known to average European citizens as well as a Beatles song might be familiar to ordinary listeners in the early twenty first century. In Capriccio's Orlando di Lasso: German Songs expert period band Lautten Compagney, with the help of singers Mona Spågele, Bernhard Landauer, Wilfried Jochens, and Thomas Herberich attempt to put over a program of what Lassus' popularly oriented German lieder may have sounded like in their time. It's a credible job done, and a recording that overall is very easy to listen to; there isn't a stick of pretentiousness about it, even in instances where Lassus' pop music has retained some measure of the harmonic complexity typified by his more serious outings. The best pieces in general are the instrumental ones, and in some cases vocal pieces are played...

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