Aichinger - Virginalia, 1607 | Tactus TC560101

Aichinger - Virginalia, 1607


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Label: Tactus

Cat No: TC560101

Barcode: 8007194107746

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 3rd November 2023



The experience of Gregor Aichinger (Regensburg, 1564/65–Augsburg, 20/21 January 1628) in Italy, which took place during two distinct periods, made it possible for the Bavarian musician to be an important connection between the music that was practiced at that time in Italy and the musical culture on the other side of the Alps (Aichinger was one of the very first German musicians to publish compositions with basso continuo, a practice with which he had become acquainted precisely during his visits to Italy). The Virginalia consist of twenty five-part pieces. The introductory one, Virgo, Dei mater pura, is followed by the pieces of the Joyful Mysteries (from the second to the sixth), then – from the seventh to the eleventh – by those of the Sorrowful Mysteries, and subsequently – from the twelfth to the sixteenth – by those of the Glorious Mysteries. In the last four pieces there is a contemplation of the Virgin Mary, by now projected in a light and a dimension that are beyond the world, as the mediator between mankind and God. The collection dedicated to Maria is performed by the Ensemble Concentus Vocum directed by Michelangelo Gabbrielli, already protagonist in some important world-premiere recording of the Armonia Ecclesiastica 1653 by Sisto Reina (TC621801).

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