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Grzegorz Gorczycki (c.1665-1734): Conductus funebris; Litaniae de Providentia Divina; Missa Rorate caeli / The Sixteen; Dougan

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Hejnal mariacki (St. Mary's Bugle Call)
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : In Virtute Tua for 4 voices, 2 violins & organ
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : O Rex gloriae, Domine, for chorus
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Illuxit Sol Iustitia for 5 voices, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos & organ
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Missa Rorate, for soloists & chamber orchestra
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Conductus funebris, for chorus
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Sepulto Domino, for chorus
>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Litaniae de providentia divina, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 19th April 2015
It's a curious mix. Sometimes, as in the a cappella Missa Rorate caeli (he sets both Ordinary and Proper texts), he writes in a late Renaissance manner; elsewhere, his style is more up to date, not unlike Carissimi. These performances are pristine, carefully blended and appositely devout in flavour.

The third disc in The Sixteen's acclaimed series of Polish music, conducted by Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan, explores the work of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1665 - 1734). Regarded as the outstanding Polish composer of the high baroque, Gorczycki studied in Prague and Vienna in his early years, and returned to Kraków where he was appointed Magister Capellae at Wawel Cathedral in 1698. Like his predecessor Bartlomiej Pekiel (featured on CRO 16110), Gorczycki wrote in both stile antico and stile moderno; the works featured on this recording display his skill in both genres. As the last great talent of the Polish Baroque era, Gorczycki is certainly deserving of a wider audience.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This is the third in a series of recordings of early vocal music from Poland by The Sixteen under the direction of their Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan. The first contained works by Bartlomiej Pekiel (d c1670) and the second works by Italian masters active in Poland. As always with The Sixteen, the performance standard is of the highest order, both in the singing and the instrumental component. Dougan directs performances that are elegant, ingratiating, and thoughtfully coherent.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
On this latest disc, The Sixteen and their Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan straddle eras, keeping one foot in the composer's unaccompanied prima pratica vocal works (strongly influenced by Palestrina) and one in his seconda pratica vocal-instrumental works with their Monteverdi-influenced sonic drama...This is Italian music with just the faintest Polish accent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014).



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Hejnal mariacki (St. Mary's Bugle Call)
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : In Virtute Tua for 4 voices, 2 violins & organ
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : O Rex gloriae, Domine, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Illuxit Sol Iustitia for 5 voices, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos & organ
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Missa Rorate, for soloists & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Conductus funebris, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Sepulto Domino, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gorczycki, Grzegorz Gerwazy : Litaniae de providentia divina, for chorus
  • Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque