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La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, La Cetra Vocalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro di Natale / Christmas Vespers

Decca (UMO) / Classics / Deutsche Grammophon

  • £15.68

Format: 2 x CD
Catalogue No.: 4862977
Barcode: 0028948629770
Release Date: 28 Oct 2022
Genre: Classical

On 29 December 1616 Claudio Monteverdi wrote to the poet Alessandro Striggio — who was also the secretary to the Duke of Mantua — to apologize for his late reply, which he attributed to “the hard work that had to be done on the Mass for Christmas Eve, for what with composing it and copying it out I had to give up the entire month of December, almost without a break”. By 1616 Monteverdi had been the maestro di cappella at St Mark’s for three years. Here the Christmas festivities placed a particularly heavy burden on his shoulders. Not only did he have to compose a new polyphonic Mass, he also had to write numerous other works for the Solemn Vespers on Christmas Eve at St. Mark’s as well as for Christmas Day itself at San Giorgio Maggiore, and for additional services associated with the Christmas liturgy. The musicians of the Doge’s cappella would then be joined by famous soloists who were in the city for the opening of the new opera season, while other singers and instrumentalists were similarly enlisted for these magnificent celebrations.

The Vespro veneziano that Andrea Marcon has assembled for this new recording is inspired by the resplendent sounds of the music that was performed at the great Christmas Vespers in St. Mark’s in the presence of the foremost dignitaries of La Serenissima and a large audience of aristocrats and visitors from across Europe. This reconstruction features works from various printed anthologies of works by Monteverdi and his contemporaries and presents the sort of Vespers that might have been heard in Venice over the Christmas period during the long incumbency of “il divino Claudio” as maestro di cappella at St Mark’s — he held the post from August 1613 until his death on 29 November 1643.

TRACKLIST:
CD 1 41:16
1 Deus in adiutorium meum intende 2:29
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Domine ad adiuvandum
GIOVANNI GABRIELI (c. 1554/57–1612)
2 Intonatione del primo tono 0:30
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
3 Psalm 109: Dixit Dominus II 8:48
ALESSANDRO GRANDI (1575–1630)
4 O felix, o lucidissima nox 3:47
Alice Borciani canto · Matthias Lucht alto
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
5 Intonatione del undicesimo tono 0:39
6 Psalm 110: Confitebor tibi, Domini III (alla francese) 7:10
FRANCESCO USPER (c. 1570–1641)
7 Sonata a 8 con quattro soprani 4:04
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
8 Intonatione del quinto tono 0:45
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
9 Psalm 111: Beatus vir I 8:44
ALESSANDRO GRANDI
10 O intemerata 4:18
William Shelton canto · Carlos Mena alto

CD 2 54:14
1 Intonatione del secondo tono 0:38
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
2 Psalm 112: Laudate pueri II 8:07
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
3 Venite, sitientes, ad aquas Domini 5:19
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
Alice Borciani canto I · Francesca Cassinari canto II
4 Intonatione del ottavo tono 0:42
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
5 Psalm 116: Laudate Dominum I 4:30
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
6 Sonata XVIII a 14 6:48
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
7 Hymnus: Christe redemptor omnium 4:04
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
Alice Borciani canto I · Francesca Cassinari canto II · Carlos Mena alto
Ivo Haun de Oliveira tenor I · Csongor Szántó tenor II · Guglielmo Buonsanti bass
8 Hodie Christus natus est 6:22
Carlos Mena alto · Eva Saladin & Claudio Rondo violins
GIOVANNI VALENTINI (c. 1582/83–1649)
9 Intonatione del nono tono 0:46
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
10 Magnificat I 13:45
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
11 Intonatione del decimo tono 0:42
GIOVANNI GABRIELI
12 Cantate Domino a 6 2:31
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel
Carlos Federico Sepúlveda chorus master
Vocal Soloists: Alice Borciani, Francesca Cassinari,
Carlos Mena, Matthias Lucht, William Shelton

Andrea Marcon conductor

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