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CHAN 0782

Chamber Vespers: Miniature Masterpieces of the Italian Baroque

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

The Gonzaga Band



Venue:

St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Peter Newble



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Baroque


Early Music

Total Time - 61:05
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ORAZIO TARDITI

(1602-1677)
1 

Domine ad adiuvandum (1650)

2:20
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson (chant), Jamie Savan, Gawain Glenton, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
 

ADRIANO BANCHIERI

(1568-1634)
2 

Psalm I. Dixit Dominus (1613)

4:51
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson (chant), Richard Sweeney  
 

GIOVANNI PAOLO CIMA

(c. 1570-1630)
3 

Sonata per cornetto (1610)

3:55
  Jamie Savan, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
   
premiere recording
 

GIACOMO FINETTI

(fl. 1605-1631)
4 

Psalm II. Laudate pueri (1613)

5:20
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson (chant), Jamie Savan, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
 

ALESSANDRO PICCININI

(1566-c. 1638)
5 

Toccata quarta (1623)

1:26
  Richard Sweeney  
   
premiere recording
 

FRANCESCO PETROBELLI

(d. 1695)
6 

Psalm III. Laetatus sum (1670)

9:25
  Faye Newton, Jamie Savan, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
 

GIROLAMO ALESSANDRO FRESCOBALDI

(1583-1643)
7 

Canzon terza per basso solo (1634)

3:33
  Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
   
premiere recording
 

ORAZIO TARDITI

8 

Psalm IV. Nisi Dominus (1650)

4:45
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson, Steven Devine  
 

GIROLAMO ALESSANDRO FRESCOBALDI

9 

Capriccio sopra un soggetto (1626)

4:48
  Steven Devine  
   
premiere recording
 

NATALE MONFERRATO

(c. 1615-1685)
10 

Psalm V. Lauda Jerusalem (MS, not dated_

6:10
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson, Jamie Savan, Gawain Glenton, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
 

ARCHANGELO CROTTI

(fl. 1608)
11 

[Sonata sopra] Sancta Maria (1608)

2:06
  Faye Newton, Jamie Savan, Gawain Glenton, Richard Sweeney  
 

GIOVANNI FELICE SANCES

(c. 1600-1679)
12 

Hymn. Ave, maris stella (1638)

3:13
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson, Jamie Savan, Gawain Glenton, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
   
premiere recording
 

ADRIANO BANCHIERI

13 

Canticle. Magnificat (1613)

5:08
  Faye Newton, Clare Wilkinson (chant), Jamie Savan, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  
   
premiere recording
 

MAURIZIO CAZZATI

(1616-1678)
14 

Regina caeli (1667)

4:05
  Faye Newton, Jamie Savan, Gawain Glenton, Richard Sweeney, Steven Devine  


The Divine 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. 
 

“...Not only is this music lovely, but the performers are adept at drawing out its affects, shaping pieces with exciting ornaments and varied dynamics. The cornets (Jamie Savan and Gawain Glenton) blend well with the voices, as is traditional, and we also get to hear them on their own as soloists. Clare Wilkinson sounds wonderful in the early-baroque repertory-her voice is very supple and so the ornaments come out easily. I have heard her perform Renaissance frottolas and laudas with Robert Meunier (lute) on a release title Vergine Bella (CHAN 0683) ... her effort her is just as fine.”

Loewen – American Record Guide – March/April 2012


“Subtle charm, intelligence, commitment and clever programming.”

Robert Hugill – Musicweb-international.com – December 2011


"...Soprano Faye Newton is heard to best effect in the quieter interludes of pieces such as Banchieri’s Magnificat, where she crafts and paces her phrases to perfection ... Clare Wilkinson is an ideal duetting partner ... There is dazzling cornetto playing from Jamie Savan and Gawain Glenton,  ..." ****

Adrian Horsewood - Early Music Today magazine - December 2011-February 2012


“...Hot stuff at the local parish. The idea of presenting music designed to attract 17th centuary congregations at a local level is strong. The execution ... is excellent. ****

Rick Jones – Classic FM Magazine – November 2011


"A wealth of great invention and craftsmanship to be appreciated."

Graham Rogers - BBC Review - 8 September 2011




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