Jommelli - La Passione di Nostro Signore Gesu Cristo
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Label: Pan Classics
Cat No: PC10376
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 24th March 2017
ArtistsAnke Herrmann (soprano)
Debora Beronesi (mezzo-soprano)
Jeffrey Francis (tenor)
Maurizio Picconi (baritone)
Ensemble Vocale Sigismondo d’India
Ensemble Vocale Eufonia
Berliner Barock Akademie
ConductorAlessandro De Marchi
Niccolò Jommelli was among Italy’s most admired composers between Baroque and early Classicism. The music historian Dr. Charles Burney considered him “indisputably one of the first of his profession now alive in the universe”.
The first part of the oratorio deals with the events on Calvary and their effect on those who endured it. In the arias of the second half, where the characters grapple with their loss, Jommelli achieved some remarkable mystical effects: Joseph’s reflection on the enormity of Jerusalem’s fate is strong yet strangely subdued; John’s aria captures the mystery of God’s incarnation through subtle, juxtaposed contrasts; muted strings accompanying Magdalena’s aria seem at once ethereal and cold; Peter’s aria brings hope in the work’s only spectacular virtuosic display.
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