account
basket
Challenge Records Int. logo
Piangete, Cantatas & Motets

Concerto delle Donne

Piangete, Cantatas & Motets

Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212004029
Catnr: SIGCD 040
Release date: 01 October 2003
Notify when available
1 CD
Notify when available
 
Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212004029
Catalogue number
SIGCD 040
Release date
01 October 2003
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
EN
NL

About the album

Carissimi is sometimes thought of as a "one-work composer" known to the average music-lover only for his oratorio Jephte. Choral Societies looking for 17th century music earlier than Purcell are therefore likely to choose Jephte. Alastair Ross first became interested in Carissimi’s music for the 3-soprano Concerto delle Donne line-up when he was asked to prepare a programme “Handel and his predecessors in Italy” for the 1977 Göttingen Festival. A review of Carissimi's oeuvre showed that there were several pieces by Carissimi in the library of Christ Church Oxford just waiting to be performed by the group! He chose the cantata Siam tre miseri piangenti which has become a regular item in their concerts and which is central to this recording. It’s a marvellous piece, full of pain, suffering and anger. The three voices really are equal in the way they intertwine and react to one another. Donna Deam’s solo Piangete and Gill Ross' and Elin Thomas’s duet Ahi, non torna are similar in mood. Maybe in our cynical 21st century we find it difficult to relate to these highly emotional, self-obsessed, texts, but there’s no denying that they inspired some wonderful music! Va dimanda al mio pensiero’ and Si dia bando, alla speranza are lighter in mood – both attractive, tuneful pieces.

There is plenty of variety in the church music as well. Cum reverteretur David, which begins the CD, is brilliant and virtuosic, a dramatic account of the rivalry between David and Saul. The duetExulta, gaude, filia Sion is a joyful celebration of Christmas. In Benedictus Deus et Pater the voices weave rich dissonances to convey the suffering of the text; there’s something of the mood of Allegri’s Miserere here.

In addition to the vocal pieces the disc includes a set of variations by Frescobaldi and Michelangelo Rossi’s flamboyant and chromatic Toccata Settima for harpsichord, together with Kapspereger’s charming improvisations for chittarone.

We believe that only one of the Carissimi pieces on this CD, Exulta, gaude, filia Sion, has been recorded before, so the disc will be an important event in the recorded-music world, and one which we hope will revive interest in this unjustly neglected composer.
Prachtige muziek van de onterecht genegeerde Carissimi
Alastair Ross raakte voor het eerst geïnteresseerd in de muziek van Giacomo Carissimi toen hem werd gevraagd om een programma getiteld “Händel en zijn voorlopers in Italië” voor te bereiden voor het Göttingen Festival 1977 met zijn ensemble van drie sopranen, Concerto dell Donne. Hij koos de cantate Siam tre miseri piangenti, die ook op dit album centraal staat. Het is een fantastisch werk, vol met pijn, lijden en woede. Piangete en Ahi, non torna hebben een vergelijkbare stemming. Misschien vinden cynische 21e-eeuwse luisteraars het moeilijk om zich te relateren tot deze zeer emotionele, egoïstische teksten, maar het valt niet te ontkennen dat ze als inspiratie hebben gediend voor prachtige muziek!

Va dimanda al mio pensiero’ en Si dia bando, alla speranza zijn beide aantrekkelijke, melodieuze werken met een lichtere stemming.

Er is ook veel variatie in de kerkmuziek. Cum reverteretur David is een schitterend, virtuoos, en dramatisch verslag van de rivaliteit tussen David en Saul. Het duet Exulta gaude, filia Sion is een vreugdevolle viering van Kerstmis. In Benedictus Deus et Pater weven de stemmen rijke dissonanten om het lijden uit de tekst over te brengen.

Volgens de uitvoerenden is slechts één van de werken van Carissimi op dit album eerder opgenomen, waarmee dit dus een bijzondere uitgave is, die de interesse in deze onterecht genegeerde componist hopelijk zal doen herleven.

Composer(s)

Press

Play album Play album

You might also like..

Purple Sky
Vlado Grizelj
Arugula | Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 103
Jonathan Salvi Arugula Sextet
Rosalie's Dream
Joe Haider Trio & The Amigern String Quartet
Porgy’s dream
Hans Lüdemann | Reiner Winterschladen
Silently Held
Chantal Acda & The Atlantic Drifters
Silently Held (vinyl)
Chantal Acda & The Atlantic Drifters
Michele Mascitti
Sonate a Tre - Opera Prima
Matteo Cicchitti | Musica Elegentia
Simeon ten Holt
Canto Ostinato
Piano Duo Scholtes & Janssens
Traditional
Songs From There | traditional songs from all over the world arranged for solo violin
Daria Spiridonova
Ludwig van Beethoven
Early String Quartets
Narratio Quartet
Twelve + 1 Murals
Philipp Gerschlauer | Gebhard Ullmann
Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters (vinyl)
Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters