Merula - Musica Sacra | Brilliant Classics 95270

Merula - Musica Sacra

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95270

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th January 2017

Contents

Works

Merula, Tarquinio

Cantate Jubilate
Motetti e sonate concertati, Book I, op.6
» Favus distillans
Pegaso, op.11
» Confitebor tibi, Domine
» Gaudeamus omnes
Salmi et messa concertati, op.16
» Confitebor tibi, Domine
» Laetatus sum
» Laudate pueri Dominum
» Nisi Dominus
Salmi et messa concertati, op.18
» Credidi
» Nisi Dominus

Artists

Melanie Remaud (soprano)
Antonella Gianese (soprano)
Marta Fumagalli (alto)
Paolo Borgonovo (tenor)
Salvo Vitale (bass)
Il Demetrio

Conductor

Maurizio Schiavo

Works

Merula, Tarquinio

Cantate Jubilate
Motetti e sonate concertati, Book I, op.6
» Favus distillans
Pegaso, op.11
» Confitebor tibi, Domine
» Gaudeamus omnes
Salmi et messa concertati, op.16
» Confitebor tibi, Domine
» Laetatus sum
» Laudate pueri Dominum
» Nisi Dominus
Salmi et messa concertati, op.18
» Credidi
» Nisi Dominus

Artists

Melanie Remaud (soprano)
Antonella Gianese (soprano)
Marta Fumagalli (alto)
Paolo Borgonovo (tenor)
Salvo Vitale (bass)
Il Demetrio

Conductor

Maurizio Schiavo

About

This selection of church music by Tarquinio Merula (1595‐1665) is taken from collections published throughout the composerís career. From the First Book of Motets, which appeared in Venice when the composer was not yet 30 years old, to the Third Book of Psalms and Masses, the disc presents a stimulating conspectus of one of the most imaginative Venetian composers of his generation.

The great Monteverdi is the obvious point of reference among composers of his place and time, Merula covered all the musical genres of the time and made a significant contribution to the evolution of 17th-century music. A harmonically refined composer with solid mastery of counterpoint, at once whimsical, modern and rhythmically brilliant in his writing, Merula stands in the highest rank among Italian composers of the early Baroque. This recording, which focuses on his sacred works for voice and instruments displays the full wealth of his musical creativity and the surprising variety of the stylistic and formal strategies he employed in order to set the standard liturgical texts with a constantly fresh approach.

All the motets and psalm‐settings here illustrate Merulaís distinctive approach to word‐painting, including highly refined and experimental approaches which alter the metric flow of the music in surprising, but elastic and natural‐sounding ways. He thoroughly explored the gamut of expressive possibilities, ranging from madrigal‐like tenderness to the most sober, oratorical intonation of the sacred text; without disdaining, where appropriate, sheer vocal virtuosity.

Such virtuosity is conveyed here by the Italian early‐music ensemble Il Demetrio, led from the violin by Maurizio Schiavo. The vocal lines are sung one to voice to a part by five Italian singers with considerable experience and mastery of the Italian early Baroque style. All round, itís an impeccably stylish disc.

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