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Benedetto Marcello: Psalms (Charles Avison's 1757 adaptation of Benedetto Marcellos 1724-26) / Les Inventions; Voces8. Barnaby Smith, Patrick Ayrton

Album Summary

>Marcello, Benedetto : Deh fino a quando, o Dio, psalm setting for 2 voices & continuo, SF. 612
>Marcello, Benedetto : Alme giuste, alme innocenti, psalm setting for 3 voices & continuo, SF. 632
>Marcello, Benedetto : Sonata Nr. 12 Opus 2
>Marcello, Benedetto : O d'immensa pietà, psalm setting for 3 voices, 2 violas & continuo, SF. 650
>Marcello, Benedetto : O genti tutte, festose e liete, psalm setting for soprano & continuo, SF. 646
>Marcello, Benedetto : In omnem terram exivitsonus, psalm setting for 4 voices, SF. 651
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Notes & Reviews:

VOCES8 and Les Inventions shine a light on a hidden musical treasure in these world-premiere recordings of Charles Avison's 1757 adaptation of Benedetto Marcello's 1724-26 magnum opus Estro-poetico armonico, settings of the first fifty Psalms of David as paraphrased by the poet Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani. In addition to the subtle deployment of vocal resources, and his imaginative use of musical techniques to illustrate the texts, Marcello brought to these psalms a peculiar quality of freshness and originality that unquestionably contributed to their becoming a major international success, so demonstrated by the work's rapid translation into many other languages, as well as by the enthusiasm with which these settings were embraced by performers of a variety of religious traditions including Anglican, Lutheran and Jewish.

Classical Ear, 19th October 2015
What a surprisingly delightful album...Voces8 and the instrumental ensemble Les Inventions remarkably manage to persuade us that Avison's version really is a worthy addition to the repertoire.

The Observer, 13th September 2015
What a very interesting character Mr Charles Avison of Newcastle must have been. An 18th-century renaissance man, he composed, conducted and wrote about the theory of music...With their vivid word-setting and lively declamation, the English texts give a slightly homespun quality to the enterprise. Well sung, there's a striking triple canon with Latin text to finish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012).



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>Marcello, Benedetto : Deh fino a quando, o Dio, psalm setting for 2 voices & continuo, SF. 612
  • Performers: Barnaby Smith; Dingle Yandell
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Marcello, Benedetto : Alme giuste, alme innocenti, psalm setting for 3 voices & continuo, SF. 632
  • Performers: Charles MacDougall; Barnaby Smith; Dingle Yandell
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726

>Marcello, Benedetto : Sonata Nr. 12 Opus 2 :: Ciaccona
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712

>Marcello, Benedetto : O d'immensa pietà, psalm setting for 3 voices, 2 violas & continuo, SF. 650
  • Performers: Emily Dickens (Voice); Barnaby Smith; Dingle Yandell
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726

>Marcello, Benedetto : O genti tutte, festose e liete, psalm setting for soprano & continuo, SF. 646
  • Performers: Barnaby Smith; Dingle Yandell
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726

>Marcello, Benedetto : In omnem terram exivitsonus, psalm setting for 4 voices, SF. 651
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/13/2012-08/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726