Orlando di Lasso / Jules Matton

Les Larmes de Saint-Pierre


Roland de Lassus’s musical testament

At the end of the 16th century, Tuscany is one of the most prosperous regions of Europe, Florence the capital of the Renaissance. In 1594, Roland de Lassus, a composer who was well aware of his fame but worried about his last ends, decided to offer Pope Clement VIII a work of a new genre, called spiritual madrigal.

On a text inspired by Petrarch poetry, this work explores the infinite pain of Saint Peter and his vain hope of redemption after he had denied his Saviour three times.

It is written for 7 singers and consists of 3 parts of 7 sequences each. A ciphered symbolism that is based on the sacred texts while joining the very content of the work.

Born in Franco-Flemish lands, he will die three weeks after having completed this summit of occidental music, without ever having heard it.

Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)
Lagrime di San Pietro (Les Larmes de Saint-Pierre)

Jules Matton (1988-)
Diptych for seven singers a capella
intercalated, as comments, between strophes 7-8 and 14-15 of Larmes de Saint-Pierre
Anara Khassenova, canto I
Lise Viricel, canto II
Alexandre Cerveux, alto I
NN, alto II
Loïc Paulin, tenore I
NN, tenore II
Jimmy Holliday, basso

 Tournet, conductor


Sunday October 6th, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise
Church of d’Hérouville-en-Vexin