Franzoni - Vespers for the Feast of St Barbara | Brilliant Classics 95344

Franzoni - Vespers for the Feast of St Barbara

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95344

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 18th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Accademia degli Invaghiti
Concerto Palatino

Conductor

Francesco Moi

Works

Franzoni, Amante

Vespro per la Festa di Santa Barbara

Artists

Accademia degli Invaghiti
Concerto Palatino

Conductor

Francesco Moi

About

The scene is Mantua in Lombardy, Italy. The Duke of Mantua himself a composer and eager to become a patron of the arts establishes a Basilica in the city. Freed from the auspices of Rome and with its own bespoke liturgy, the Basilica became the focus of a thriving musical environment. It was at this point that Amante Franzoni (1575‐1630), Maestro di Cappella at the Basilica, was commissioned to write the Vespro per la Festa di Santa Barbara for the grandest ceremony of the year, celebrating the life of the martyr to whom the Basilica was dedicated.

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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