Joseph-Hector Fiocco composed his Lamentations in 1733. These magnificent hymns about pain, suffering and self-reproach, but also compassion, forgiveness, conversion and faith, were given a fixed place in the western liturgy, in Holy Week. Fiocco, born into an Italian family that had migrated to Brussels, was Kapellmeister at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp and later at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. He merges the French and Italian aesthetic with astonishing coherence, in terms of both harmony and melody. His moving, inventive melodies are infused with vitality: the result is both impressive and poignant.
Annelies Van Gramberen, soprano | Kris Verhelst, organ & harpsichord | Ira Givol, cello | Phyllis Bartholomeus, cello
J.-F. Fiocco: Lamentations