Music reviews

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Septem Verba a Christo Featuring Akademie für Alte Musik / René Jacobs (Conductor) Harmoia Mundi, 2013 ASIN: B00A6U5B6M In English the title of this long-forgotten masterpiece is The Seven Words Uttered by the Dying Christ on the Cross. It was scored for orchestra and soli: bass (Christ) and tenor, soprano, countertenor (Anima or Soul) is a cycle of seven cantatas, lasting slightly over an hour. Christ sings the opening Word in each cantata and the soul answers. The composer utilized the horn as ... (Continue reading)

Musica Vaticana

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Musica Vaticana Featuring Christopher Jackson (Artistic Director) ATMA Classique, 2011 The Cappella Giulia is the name of St. Peter’s choir in Rome, founded in 1513 by Julius II. All the composers on this CD provided music covering the High Renaissance and Baroque periods. Francesco Soriano (1549-1621), Orazio Benevoli (1605-1672), Giovanni De Macque (1550-1614), Roland De Lassus (1532-1594), Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657-1743), Vincenzo Ugolini (1570-1638) are all composers whose reputations have never been revived in our day (except De Lassus). The shadows ... (Continue reading)

Andre Campra: Messa da Requiem

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Andre Campra: Messa da Requiem Featuring Philippe Herreweghe (Conductor) Harmoia Mundi, 1992 Campra wrote this masterpiece around 1699, before he abandoned his duties as maître de musique at the cathedral Notre Dame for the stage. It was considered the greatest Messe De Requiem along with Jean Gilles’ (1668-1705) work in the eighteenth century and used at all state or ceremonial funerals in France. This Mass is the most recorded in our own generation ... (Continue reading)

Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium

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Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium Featuring Cappella Romana and Alexander Lingas (Conductor) Cappella Romana, 2012 ASIN: B007VHJVSM On their new CD, Cappella Romana performs Byzantine musical treasures from the cathedrals and monasteries of the Eastern Roman Empire which were preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai. When the Byzantine empire fell in 1453, the emperor and his entire court were butchered inside Hagia Sophia after the almost thousand-year-old bronze doors were breached. ... (Continue reading)

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