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Carissimi Oratorios

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>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jonas
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jephte
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Ezechia, oratorio for 5 voices, 2 violins & continuo
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Job, oratorio for 3 voices & continuo (doubtful)

Album Summary

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jonas
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jephte
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Ezechia, oratorio for 5 voices, 2 violins & continuo
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Job, oratorio for 3 voices & continuo (doubtful)
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) was the greatest exponent of the Latin sacred historia (oratorio). He spent his whole life in Rome as maestro di cappella at the San Apollinare church. In his music, Carissimi perfectly embraced the views of his employers on appropriate means for stimulating faith. With dramatic flair, remarkable imagination, and a verbal sensitivity equal to Monteverdi's, he brought Biblical characters vividly to life. Carissimi’s oratorios (historiae), known from later copies, remain his greatest claim to fame. They were quite varied, and some may be considered to be motets in dialogue. They are difficult to date and their libretti were anonymous — Carissimi may have collaborated in writing them.

"This release reflects the very best of current understanding, and with superlative performances. Les Voix Baroques is a splendid Canadian consort, nine singers...joined by seven instrumentalists, all led from the harpsichord by Alexander Weimann, who is emerging as Canada's answer to William Christie...The vocal work here is refined and stylish, but also appropriately expressive, in both solo and ensemble functions; while the instrumentalists, mostly in the continuo department, blend well...Excellent sound. Good notes, with full texts and translations." - American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
The unforced ensemble singing of Canadians Les Voix Baroques is didactic, in keeping with the work's origin, but the music-making is also poetic and expressive when required.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (01/06/2009-01/08/2009).



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>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jonas
  • Performers: Tyler Duncan (Bass); Sumner Thompson (Voice); Maria Keohare; Suzie LeBlanc; Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Baroques
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (01/06/2009-01/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jephte
  • Performers: Matthew White; Tyler Duncan (Bass); Catherine Webster (Soprano); Maria Keohare; Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Baroques
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (01/06/2009-01/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 06/16/1648

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Ezechia, oratorio for 5 voices, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performers: Colin Balzer (Tenor); Matthew White; Catherine Webster (Soprano); Sumner Thompson (Voice); Maria Keohare
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Baroques
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (01/06/2009-01/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Job, oratorio for 3 voices & continuo (doubtful)
  • Performers: Matthew White; Tyler Duncan (Bass); Maria Keohare
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Baroques
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (01/06/2009-01/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque