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Grzegorz Gorczycki: Missa Rorate; Completorium; Illuxit Sol / Bailey, Bartnik, Venner, Gocman, Kral

Album Summary

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Missa Rorate, for soloists & chamber orchestra
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Illuxit Sol Iustitia for 5 voices, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos & organ
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Laetatus Sum for 4 voices, 2 violins, 2 trumpets & organ
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Completorium for 4 voices, 2 violins, 2 trumpets & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki was a priest, church musician, and composer who lived and worked in Poland during the later part of the Baroque era. He was known as the "Polish Handel", however many of his composition were never published. These sacred rarities are performed on authentic period instruments.

Expedition Audio Recommended
The beautifully packaged disc appears to be the only one currently available devoted entirely to the music of Gorczycki. This is reason enough to consider getting a copy, given the quality of both the music and the performances by the Wratislavia Cantans Festival Orchestra and Choir (five voices strong on this recording) under Andrzej Kosenkiak. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The four choral works on this release give listeners an impression of the range of styles and genres used by the Polish master Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (c. 1665-1734). The music is lovely. The program begins with the Rorate Mass, composed for four vocal parts in the stile antico of Palestrina. The emphasis here is on alternation of imitative and chordal textures; dissonance is carefully controlled. Illuxit Sol is a five-voice motet with strings and continuo. Laetatus Sum is a vocal concerto for four-part choir, pairs of violins and trumpets, and continuo. Using trumpets gives the work a festive sound. The concerto style persists also in the Completorium. The entire program is beautifully performed. The singers and violinists dominate the passage work. It's so nice to hear the natural trumpets in these concerto-like settings. The way they blend with violins is really gorgeous.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Peter and St Paul Church, Wroclaw (05/05/2012-05/08/2012).



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>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Missa Rorate, for soloists & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Susan Gilmour; Mikolaj Zgolka (Violin); Tomasz Iwanek (Double Bass); Tomas Kral; Stephen Gilbey (Trumpet); Zbigniew Pilch (Violin); Matthew Venner; Brent Wissick (Cello); Premysl Vacek (Theorbo); Russell Gilmour (Trumpet); Maciej Gocman
  • Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
  • Ensemble: Period Instrumets Ensemble
  • Notes: St Peter and St Paul Church, Wroclaw (05/05/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Illuxit Sol Iustitia for 5 voices, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos & organ
  • Performers: Tomasz Iwanek (Double Bass); Julia Karpeta; Aldona Bartnik; Stephen Gilbey (Trumpet); Susan Gilmour; Maciej Gocman; Brent Wissick (Cello); Russell Gilmour (Trumpet); Matthew Venner; Zbigniew Pilch (Violin); Mikolaj Zgolka (Violin); Premysl Vacek (Theorbo); Tomas Kral; Michal Mazur (Viola)
  • Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
  • Notes: St Peter and St Paul Church, Wroclaw (05/05/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Laetatus Sum for 4 voices, 2 violins, 2 trumpets & organ
  • Performers: Russell Gilmour (Trumpet); Premysl Vacek (Theorbo); Maciej Gocman; Brent Wissick (Cello); Mikolaj Zgolka (Violin); Tomasz Iwanek (Double Bass); Tomas Kral; Stephen Gilbey (Trumpet); Susan Gilmour; Zbigniew Pilch (Violin); Matthew Venner
  • Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
  • Notes: St Peter and St Paul Church, Wroclaw (05/05/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Completorium for 4 voices, 2 violins, 2 trumpets & organ
  • Performers: Premysl Vacek (Theorbo); Susan Gilmour; Brent Wissick (Cello); Mikolaj Zgolka (Violin); Stephen Gilbey (Trumpet); Tomasz Iwanek (Double Bass); Tomas Kral; Matthew Venner; Zbigniew Pilch (Violin); Russell Gilmour (Trumpet); Maciej Gocman
  • Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
  • Notes: St Peter and St Paul Church, Wroclaw (05/05/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque