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Striggio - Mass for 40 and 60 voices | Glossa GCDSA921623

Striggio - Mass for 40 and 60 voices

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCDSA921623

Barcode: 8424562216235

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th February 2012

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Alessandro Striggio’s 40 and 60-part 'Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno' is the starting point for Hervé Niquet's polyphonic programme of Florentine flamboyance on Glossa. He cites the musical celebrations for a feast day occasion in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence in honour of St John the Baptist, adding a trio of works by Orazio Benevoli, another specialist in multi-parted choral works, and Striggio’s motet 'Ecce beatem lucem', also scored for 40 voices. Niquet has included polyphonic arrangements of Gregorian plainchant Mass Propers by Franceso Corteccia, maestro di cappella in the Cathedral of Florence in Striggio’s time.

The recording was made in Notre-Dame du Liban in Paris, using an edition of the Mass by Dominique Visse, originating in 1978. Niquet gathered 60 singers (as called for in the Agnus Dei) plus instrumentalists from Le Concert Spirtuel around him in a circle (conductor and microphones inside) for this new SACD surround-sound experience from Glossa. It calls on all the ceremonial pomp and flair which these masterful musicians have been demonstrating over the years, in concert and on disc. And who better than the famous French countertenor Visse himself to be drawn into that circle as one of the 60 singers!

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