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1612: Italian Vespers - Music by Lodovico Grossi da Viadana / I Fagiolini

Audio Samples

>Viadana, Lodovico da : Deus, in adiutorium meum, for chorus
>Barbarino, Bartolomeo : Exaudi, Deus, for chorus
>Gabrieli, Andrea : Benedictus Dominus Deus Sabaoth, motet for 8 voices
>Viadana, Lodovico da : O dulcissima Maria, for chorus
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Quae est ista quae progreditur, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Gabrieli, Andrea : Toccata del 9. Tono
>     [Excerpt]
>Plainchant : Versicle and Response
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
>Chant, Gregorian : Work(s)
>     Versicle & Response and Collect of the feast
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2

Album Summary

>Viadana, Lodovico da : Deus, in adiutorium meum, for chorus
>Barbarino, Bartolomeo : Exaudi, Deus, for chorus
>Gabrieli, Andrea : Benedictus Dominus Deus Sabaoth, motet for 8 voices
>Viadana, Lodovico da : O dulcissima Maria, for chorus
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Quae est ista quae progreditur, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Gabrieli, Andrea : Toccata del 9. Tono
>Plainchant : Versicle and Response
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
>Chant, Gregorian : Work(s)
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

I Fagiolini's recording of the Striggio 40-part Mass for Decca Classics was no.1 on the UK Specialist Classical Chart, winning both a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d'or de l'annee. I Fagiolini return with more Baroque music for huge forces, from the extraordinary year of 1612, which saw the death of Giovanni Gabrieli and his pupil Hans Leo Hassler. Both were master of the "Massive Baroque" style of extreme opulence for multiple choirs. The centerpiece is the crowning glory of the late Renaissance - Gabrieli's Magnificat for a massive seven choirs - a work never before recorded as the music for five of the choirs has been lost. Conductor Robert Hollingworth and Renaissance scholar Hugh Keyte have now taken on the enormous task of reconstructing parts for the missing choirs. 1612 also saw the publication of Lodovico Viadana's "Psalms for 4 choirs", a hugely influential collection of music in the most sumptuous, elaborate, and modern style. The album presents the best works of the greatest composers of the time in the form of a service of Vespers.

The Times
Once summoned to prayer, I stayed on my knees happily for almost 80 minutes, fully absorbed in the latest baroque blockbuster from Robert Hollingworth's ensemble I Fagiolini...Everywhere on this exciting disc we find bold voices atmospherically recorded, standing tall in towering blocks of sound or curling in polyphonic raptures.

The Observer
The sound is sumptuous, the performances by I Fagiolini...utterly magnificent...the highlight is Hugh Keyte's reconstruction of Giovanni Gabrieli's electrifying 28-part Magnificat, complete with bells and fanfares, and his In ecclesiis, a sonic spectacular.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The very fine booklet essay describes the musical program, why it fits together, and its sources, and gives details of 17th-Century and modern performance practice and decisions. The essay also explains the close collaboration among scholars, editors, and performers that brings two formerly incomplete works by Giovanni Gabrieli (c1554-1612) to listeners for the first time in centuries: the seven-choir 'Magnificat' and the four-choir motet 'In Ecclesiis'. Both pieces are reconstructed by early music expert Hugh Keyte, and the reconstructions consist of writing the missing parts for some of the choirs in these poly-choral pieces. (Remember that "choir" in this style often means a combination of instruments and voices.) Parts for some choirs exist, but not for all. The result is two stunning pieces, sumptuous and thrilling to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012).

Includes beatam me dicent, magnificat antiphon / magnificat by various composers.

Includes capitulum / hymn: ave, maris stella (monteverdi, s by various composers.

Includes dum esset rex in accubitu suo, antiphon / psalm 10 by various composers.

Includes iam hiems transiit, antiphon / psalm 126: nisi dom by various composers.

Includes laeva eius sub eapite meo, antiphon / psalm 112: l by various composers.

Includes nigra sum sed formosa, antiphon / psalm 121: laeta by various composers.

Includes speciosa facta es, antiphon / psalm 147: lauda, ie by various composers.



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Works Details

>Viadana, Lodovico da : Deus, in adiutorium meum, for chorus
  • Conductor: Robert Hollingworth
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Barbarino, Bartolomeo : Exaudi, Deus, for chorus
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gabrieli, Andrea : Benedictus Dominus Deus Sabaoth, motet for 8 voices
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Viadana, Lodovico da : O dulcissima Maria, for chorus
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Quae est ista quae progreditur, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1584

>Gabrieli, Andrea : Toccata del 9. Tono :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: David Roblou (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Plainchant : Versicle and Response
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Chant, Gregorian : Work(s) :: Versicle & Response and Collect of the feast
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2
  • Ensemble: I Fagiolini
  • Notes: St. John's, Upper Norwood (01/18/2012-01/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance