Brian Wilson Download Roundup
, April 2011
What we have here, which the title doesn’t really make clear, are the responsories and lessons from the Book of Lamentations, the three Nocturnes of Matins for Good Friday, usually celebrated in the 17th and 18th centuries on the previous evening in the form of Tenebræ, a dramatic service in which the candles in a ‘hearse’ before the altar were extinguished one by one until only one was lit, to symbolise the Light of the World.
Baroque composers, especially in France, usually set these texts in a highly-charged, florid or sensuous manner. These settings by Perti are much simpler, though there’s no lack of drama where it’s called for and the performance is anything but dull. The recording is good too…