giovedì 5 maggio 2016

Chamber Vespers

14 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 104 Mb

The Devine Vespers, a service of evening prayer in the Roman-Catholic Church, has provided both occasion and inspiration for some of the most sumptuous music ever composed. But not many churches in the seventeenth century could afford the lavish instrumental and vocal resources needed to play the likes of Monteverdi's grandiose Vespro della Beata Vergine. For many of the smaller and more provincial churches, an acceptable compromise at evening service was the playing of smaller-scale sacred chamber music. This led in the seventeenth century to a tremendous outpouring of sacred music for small groups of singers and instrumentalists, as performed by The Gonzaga Band on this disc. During Vespers, it became commonplace to alternate the obligatory psalms with a number of extra-liturgical instrumental pieces. This recording follows the same structure. The psalms, by Banchieri, Finetti, Petrobelli, and Monferrato, are complemented and framed by a variety of joyous instrumental works by Tarditi, Cima, Piccinini, Frescobaldi, Crotti, Sances, and Cazzati. The Gonzaga Band was formed by the cornettist Jamie Savan in 1997 to explore historical approaches to the performance of vocal and instrumental music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its line-up is project led: the very best vocalists and period instrumentalists are hand picked according to the specialist requirements of each programme. On this recording, The Gonzaga Band is joined by the mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson and cornettist Gawain Glenton.


1 - Domine ad adjuvandum me by Orazio Tarditi
2 - Psalm 109, "Dixit Dominus" by Adriano Banchieri
3 - Sonata per cornetto by Giovanni Paolo Cima
4 - Psalm 2, "Laudate pueri" by Giacomo Finetti
5 - Toccata No. 4 by Alessandro Piccinini
6 - Psalm 2, "Laetatus sum" by Francesco Petrobelli
7 - Canzon terza by Girolamo Alessandro Frescobaldi
8 - Psalm 8, "Nisi Dominus" by Orazio Tarditi 
9 - Capriccio sopra un soggetto by G.A.Frescobaldi
10 - Psalm 5, "Lauda Jerusalem" by Natale Monferrato
11 - Sonata sopra, "Sancta Maria" by Archangelo Crotti
12 - Motetto Ave maris stella by Giovanni Felice Sances 
13 - Canticle: Magnificat by Adriano Banchieri
14 - Regina caeli by Maurizio Cazzati

Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano
Gawain Glenton, cornett

The Gonzaga Band

Faye Newton, soprano
Jamie Savan, treble cornett, mute cornett
Richard Sweeney, theorbo
Steven Devine, harpsichord, chamber organ

dir. Jamie Savan

lunedì 2 maggio 2016

Bella Napoli

28 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 108 Mb

Bella Napoli includes works from five composers influenced in Naples in the 17th and 18th centuries. Soprano Tuuli Lindeberg sings cantatas of Domenico Scarlatti, Giuseppe Porsile and Alessandro Scarlatti beautifully and a period-instrument ensemble Baccano, featuring some of the most prominent Baroque specialist musicians in Finland, performs also sonatas of Francesco Mancini, Domenico Scarlatti and Nicola Porpora with different line-ups.

A few hundreds of years ago musical life in Naples was lively, with contributions made by numerous foreign masters who imported and exported influences, ideas and sheet music. The nobility played an important role in this: they were not only ‘customers' and ‘sponsors' but also in many cases skilled musicians. Under their patronage, Naples produced an enormous quantity of sacred music, madrigals, instrumental music and vocal music that went on to enrich cultural life all over Europe. For a long time, opera was an imported commodity in Naples, described as ‘Venetian'. Over the centuries the term ‘Neapolitan opera' has come to signify much more than it geographically implies.


Francesco Mancini - Sonata 4 in A minor for recorder and b.c.
Domenico Scarlatti - No, non fuggire o Nice, cantata for soprano and b.c.
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata K 91 in G major for violin and b.c.
Giuseppe Porsile - E già tre volte, cantata for soprano, recorder and b.c.
Nicola Porpora - Sonata in F major for cello and b.c.
Giuseppe Porsile - Quella pace gradita, cantata for soprano, violin, recorder, cello and b.c.


Tuuli Lindeberg, Soprano
Hanna Haapamäki, Recorder
Mervi Kinnarinen, Baroque Violin
Jussi Seppänen, Baroque Cello
Eero Palviainen, Baroque Guitar, Lute
Markku Mäkinen,Harpsichord