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Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-95): Triumphate Fideles - Complete Motets for Solo Voice & Instruments / Astrarium Consort; Carlo Centemeri

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  1. Colonna — Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: I. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Colonna — Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: II. Salve dies beata $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Colonna — Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: III. Triumphales, immortals $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Colonna — Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: IV. Aeterna scandit limina $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Colonna — Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: V. In hac die tam solemni $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Colonna — Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: VI. Alleluia $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Colonna — O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: I. O lucidissima dies $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Colonna — O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: II. Orbi sacer redit amor $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Colonna — O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: III. O felix vere dies $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Colonna — O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: IV. O splendida aurora $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Colonna — O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: V. O vere beatam $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Colonna — O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: VI. Alleluia $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Colonna — O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: I. O ingens divini presulis munus $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Colonna — O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: II. Ad sidera accredit $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Colonna — O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: III. O felix, o laeta dies $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Colonna — O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: IV. Laeta semper exultando $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Colonna — Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: I. Ad gaudia gentes $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Colonna — Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: II. Intuemini fidelis animae $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Colonna — Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: III. Sit amor in spe $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Colonna — Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: IV. Eripuit nos de inimicis nostris $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Colonna — Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: V. Ergo laetas date voces $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Colonna — Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: I. Ad pugnas fideles $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Colonna — Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: II. Expergiscimini fideles omnes $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Colonna — Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: III. Mundi surgit ad honores $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Colonna — Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: IV. Eia igitur $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Colonna — Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: V. Ad bella venite $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Colonna — Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: VI. Alleluia $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: I. Sacri amoris ad ardores $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: II. Egredimini filiae Sion $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: III. Iam gaudent aethera $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: IV. Descendit caelesist amor $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: V. Ad sacros fulgores $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: VI. O amor, o salus, o vita $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: VII. Laudis ergo sonet honor $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Colonna — Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: VIII. Alleluia $0.69 on iTunes
  36. Colonna — O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: I. O sidera, o coeli $0.69 on iTunes
  37. Colonna — O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: II. Antonii Beatissimi est $0.69 on iTunes
  38. Colonna — O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: III. Quid ergo expectatis $0.69 on iTunes
  39. Colonna — O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: IV. Exultantes spirent venti $0.69 on iTunes
  40. Colonna — O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: I. O Coeli devote $0.69 on iTunes
  41. Colonna — O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: II. Angeli currite $0.69 on iTunes
  42. Colonna — O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: III. Ecce ancilla trinitatis $0.69 on iTunes
  43. Colonna — O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: IV. Ad delicias, ad hortum $0.69 on iTunes
  44. Colonna — O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: V. Haec ergo corde condite $0.69 on iTunes
  45. Colonna — O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: VI. Alleluia $0.69 on iTunes
  46. Colonna — Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: I. Triumphate fideles $0.69 on iTunes
  47. Colonna — Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: II. Properate, festinate $0.69 on iTunes
  48. Colonna — Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: III. O beatissima crux $0.69 on iTunes
  49. Colonna — Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: IV. Iesu amara $0.69 on iTunes
  50. Colonna — Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: V. Crux bona $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae, motet for soprano, violins & continuo, GPC19
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O lucidissima dies
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O ingens divini presulis munus, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC28
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad gaudia gentes, motet for alto, violins & continuo, GPC26
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad pugnas fideles, motet for tenor, violins & continuo, GPC22
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Sacri amoris ad ardores, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC30
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O sidera, o coeli, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC27
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O caeli devota
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Triumphate fideles, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC29
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Gaudete, Cantate, motet for soprano, violins & continuo, GPC24
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad novum caeli iubar, motet for tenor, violins & continuo, GPC23
>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad amores, ad honores, motet for soprano, violins & continuo, GPC20
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Notes & Reviews:

Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-1695) was a native of Bologna and the music director of one of its major churches, dedicated to San Petronio, where he presided over a rich culture of sacred music distinguished by participation from names now far better known to us such as Torelli, Bononcini and Giovanni Gabrieli. This valuable set brings together for the first time on record all his surviving compositions in the form of the sacred motet which was so popular as an extra-liturgical contribution (perhaps performed as offertory or communion music) towards worship, featuring the skills of what must have been highly skilled singers as well as a rich continuo section. Colonna's music has received relatively little attention on record until now, though Philippe Jaroussky concluded a 2009 album with the gorgeous O coeli devota, and there is one other, older recording of several other motets, as well as a larger-scale oratorio. So the time is now right to reassess his contribution and his own voice, with excellent new, historically informed performances led by Carlo Centemeri, who has already brought several rarities from the Italian Baroque to Brilliant Classics, including music by Albinoni (BC94852) and Bassani (BC94259), which received 5 star reviews in Amadeus and Diapason. These motets are multi-movement works, scarcely dwelling for long on any one emotion or text, even in the arias, but moving pacily though narratives of repentance, devotion and praise, and mostly concluding with exuberant Allelujas, much as Bach would fashion his Jauchzet Gott BWV51 for solo soprano in the Italian style a generation later. Anyone with even a passing interest in the Italian Baroque and its charming byways will want to hear this. First recordings by Giovanni Colonna (1637-1695), who was the Music Director of the famous church San Petronio in his native Bologna. He composed his Sacred Motets for liturgical use, on devotional texts in Latin. This set presents the complete motets for solo voice and basso continuo, consisting of several movements, written for alternatively soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It is music of great beauty, expressing the emotional content of the text, from repentance to joy, from intimacy to exultation. Excellent performances by 4 Italian soloists and the instrumental ensemble Astrarium Consort, led by Carlo Centemeri, who already successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics chamber music by Bassani (BC94259) and Albinoni (BC94852). Centemeri wrote himself the scholarly liner notes.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
All 12 motets are scored for one voice (there are SATB soloists here), two violins, and a continuo section that varies from harp alone to a robust nucleus of violone, organ, harpsichord, and gamba. There is much to enjoy here: the program opens with graceful playing, the delicate refreshment of harp accompaniment, and fine soprano singing in 'Ecce Iubar, Ecce Aurorae', a lovely devotional calm with delicate accompaniment in the alto 'Ad Gaudia Gentes', warmth and animation in the bass 'Sacri Amoris Ad Ardores'. The performing edition was made by ensemble director Carlo Centemeri using both print and manuscripts sources, and this music is a fine addition to the repertory.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-).



Reviews

Beautifully crafted melodies
Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-1695) is not well-known today, although he one of the most well-respected (and interesting) figures of the mid-1600s. He was a composer, teacher, organist and organ builder. His fame as a composer rested mainly on his large-scale sacred works -- oratorios and masses.

This release, however, features a collection of his sacred motets for solo voice, presenting a different side of Colonna. While his larger works show his skill at counterpoint, these motets are more concerned with melody. And what gorgeous melodies they are.

Phrases lead naturally into each other, and because this is music for the church (rather than the stage), ornamentation is kept to a minimum. The result is a set of twelve simple -- but not simplistic -- settings of Latin texts.

Soprano Francesca Cassinari has a particularly appealing sound (for me). Her clear, pure voice serves the music well. Salvo Vitale is another standout. His rich, full bass voice has a rounded warmth to it I really liked. That's not slight alto Elena Carzaniga or tenor Paolo Borgnovo -- their performances were appealing as well.

The Astrarium Consort has a good ensemble sound. The use of the baroque harp in the continuo provides some nice contrast to the harpsichord, and make the ensemble sound more intimate, somehow.
Submitted on 11/30/15 by RGraves321 
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>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae, motet for soprano, violins & continuo, GPC19
  • Performers: Francesca Cassinari (Soprano); Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O lucidissima dies
  • Performers: Paolo Borgonovo; Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O ingens divini presulis munus, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC28
  • Performers: Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin); Salvo Vitale (Bass)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad gaudia gentes, motet for alto, violins & continuo, GPC26
  • Performers: Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad pugnas fideles, motet for tenor, violins & continuo, GPC22
  • Performers: Paolo Borgonovo; Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Sacri amoris ad ardores, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC30
  • Performers: Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin); Salvo Vitale (Bass)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O sidera, o coeli, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC27
  • Performers: Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin); Salvo Vitale (Bass)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : O caeli devota
  • Performers: Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Triumphate fideles, motet for bass, violins & continuo, GPC29
  • Performers: Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin); Salvo Vitale (Bass)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Gaudete, Cantate, motet for soprano, violins & continuo, GPC24
  • Performers: Francesca Cassinari (Soprano); Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad novum caeli iubar, motet for tenor, violins & continuo, GPC23
  • Performers: Paolo Borgonovo; Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Colonna, Giovanni Paolo : Ad amores, ad honores, motet for soprano, violins & continuo, GPC20
  • Performers: Francesca Cassinari (Soprano); Mauro Massa (Violin); Andrea Vassalle (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Centemeri
  • Ensemble: Astrarium Consort
  • Notes: Sant' Antonio, Milano (2014-11-04_2014-11-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque