Franzoni - Vespers for the Feast of St Barbara
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95344
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th November 2016
ArtistsAccademia degli Invaghiti
Taking inspiration from his surroundings and the Basilica itself, where the piece was to be performed, Franzoni wrote suitably grandiose music for the occasion. Employing the use of highly skilled trumpet and cornet players, and writing intricate passages of complexity for the large chorus available to him, Franzoni worked closely with the acoustics of the venue by carefully placing musicians around the space. The occasion also required novel use of instruments; solo passages are interspersed with vocal passages, and instruments double vocal lines – practices born out of necessity that would soon become commonplace.
The work is performed by leading period ensembles; the Accademia degli Invaghiti – named after the original 16th‐century Mantuan group – is joined by period cornetto and trombone ensemble Concerto Palatino, led by Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet. Supported by the Cappella S. Barbara, together they draw on their in‐depth knowledge of Franzoni's work to authentically position the performers and produce the sense of occasion Franzoni intended.
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