Monteverdi & Gabrieli - Easter Celebration at St Markís in Venice 1600 | Brilliant Classics 95747

Monteverdi & Gabrieli - Easter Celebration at St Markís in Venice 1600

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95747

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th March 2018

Contents

Artists

Dimitri Betti (organ)
Elisabetta Braschi (soprano)
Elisabetta Caruso (soprano)
Sumiko Okawa (soprano)
Simone Emili (tenor)
Kentaro Kitaya (tenor)
Ensemble Capriccio Armonico
Ensemble San Felice

Conductor

Federico Bardazzi

Artists

Dimitri Betti (organ)
Elisabetta Braschi (soprano)
Elisabetta Caruso (soprano)
Sumiko Okawa (soprano)
Simone Emili (tenor)
Kentaro Kitaya (tenor)
Ensemble Capriccio Armonico
Ensemble San Felice

Conductor

Federico Bardazzi

About

This recording presents a reconstruction of the Easter Celebration at St. Markís, Venice, around 1600. The Proprium Mass (the part of the mass which is related to the liturgical year) is from the beautiful Gradulae Giunta (Venice, 1572), the Missa Ordinarium (the standard Mass which is always the same) is by Monteverdi, from his Selva Morale e Spirituale.

Any listener who has heard the punchy, rousing and original account of Monteverdiís Vespers released in 2016 by these forces on Brilliant Classics (95188) will be keen to hear music from the same source performed with similar vitality and attention to historical detail. Federico Bardazzi duly obliges with this recreation of Easter at the Basilica San Marco, around the year 1600.

Chants alternate with spectacular, antiphonal toccatas and canzonas which bounce off the walls of the generous church acoustic, as well as a slight but still exuberant sonata by Giovanni Paolo Cima. Enclosed within are the separate movements of the four‐part Mass by Monteverdi, and the liturgical reconstruction concludes with a setting of the Ave maris stella which, like the Mass, is to be found in Monteverdiís collection of Selva morale e spirituale, no less treasurable in its way than the better-known Vespers compilation.

Indeed the Selva morale dates from several decades later in Monteverdiís output and reflects an even greater harmonic refinement: the linear polyphony of the Mass obeys the rules of the stile antico, while the psalm settings and hymns such as Laudate Dominum and Cantate Domino belong to the more sectional and vividly illustrative style of the seconda pratica which became particularly associated in his work and that of his successors with the secular madrigal.

In his booklet note, Bardazzi notes that Monteverdi would have expected to perform this music with a mixed‐voice choir; the male‐only ensemble is a late‐19th‐century practice. His lively tempi and instrumental arrangements, switching between basso continuo and colla parte instruments, are intended Ďto allow Monteverdiís creative genius and originality to permeate the strict counterpoint.í

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