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Vespro della beata Vergine - Virgilio Mazzocchi / Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, et al

Album Summary

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Dixit Dominus
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Beata Mater
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Laudate pueri
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Exurge cor meum in cithara
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Laetatus sum
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Surge amica mea
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Nisi Dominus
>Carissimi, Giacomo : O dulcissimum Mariae nomen
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Lauda Jerusalem
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Salve regina
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Work(s)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave maris stella
>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Magnificat
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rome in the eighteenth century: this reconstruction of the Marian Vespers - five psalms, a Magnificat and their brief antiphons - is drawn from the works of the maestro di cappella of St Peter's, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and his close colleagues Carissimi and Frescobaldi. Anything but austere, this music is a worthy successor to that of the great Palestrina.

The Independent
The string playing is zestful, while Concerto Palatino's sackbutts and cornett add lustre. Sadly, the singing is often thin and unsupported, sounding more authentic to the early days of the early music movement than baroque devotional music.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This disc includes settings of the five Vesper psalms and the Magnificat, all published posthumously.

Interspersed with these are motets by Mazzocchi and his contemporary, Giacomo Carissimi (on the back of the packaging they are confusingly called antiphons). Together with a Salve regina by Carissimi (which is indeed an antiphon), a canzona by Frescobaldi and an Ave maris stella by the much earlier Palestrina, they make up a reconstructed 'Vespers for the Virgin'.

The psalms are scored for double choir, which means that - as the singers of Cantus Cölln number eight - they are sung one to a part. They are doubled, though, by a small string group and the cornett and trombones of Concerto Palatino, and the sound is surprisingly rich. The homophonic passages are leavened with concertato sections, when the brass is silent. This provides a welcome variety, as a little quasi-Venetian splendour goes quite a long way.

Mazzocchi shows himself to be a very competent practitioner, well worth hearing. Surge amica mea, for two sopranos, is a setting of two of the less erotic verses from the Song of Solomon, ending with a melismatic 'Alleluia'. Even more ear-tickling is Carissimi's Exsurge cor meum, sung here by a tenor, with the excellent cornett of Bruce Dickey taking one of the two obbligato parts. Konrad Junghänel conducts with plenty of verve; a raised eyebrow for the reference to 'Rome in the 18th century' on the back cover.

The Guardian
The recording, made in a church in Mandelsloh near Hanover, is on the reverberant side and doesn't quite convey how this music might sound in a vast space, but the singing and playing are ravishing. The Carissimi antiphons are breathtaking, and the period brass ensemble Concerto Palatino do wonders with the Frescobaldi.



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Works Details

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Dixit Dominus
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Beata Mater
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Laudate pueri
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Concerto Palatino
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Exurge cor meum in cithara
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Concerto Palatino
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1670

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Laetatus sum
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Concerto Palatino
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Surge amica mea
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Concerto Palatino
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Nisi Dominus
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Carissimi, Giacomo : O dulcissimum Mariae nomen
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1647

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Lauda Jerusalem
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Salve regina
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Work(s) :: Canzona a due cori (Canzoni per sonar, Venezia 1608)
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave maris stella
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Concerto Palatino
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Mazzocchi, Virgilio : Magnificat
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Ensemble: Cantus Cölln
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque