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Antonio Lotti (1667-1740): Crucifixus (Crucified) / The Syred Consort; Orchestra of St PaulÆs, Ben Palmer

Album Summary

>Lotti, Antonio : Dixit Dominus, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor
>Lotti, Antonio : Miserere, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor
>Lotti, Antonio : Missa Sancti Christophori, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Lotti, Antonio : Credo, for soloists, double chorus & orchestra in G minor
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Despite a hugely prolific output over a career of more than 50 years, Antonio Lotti is now known almost exclusively for his eight part setting of the 'Crucifixus'. That motet is in fact part of a setting of the complete Credo, itself part of the Missa Sancti Christophori that appears in this premier recording. Lotti's music was written for Venice's San Marco at a time when expense and extravagance were not spared. He often wrote daringly for much bigger forces than was regular; there presents the challenge in reviving Lotti's music. Rhythmic shock and awe, masterful variety, incessant invention and a defiant refusal to conform to any one genre makes this music over-ripe for revival considering modern audiences' eclectic appetites. Lotti's use of modulation and structure is at the cutting edge of the galant style that prefigures the Classical era; his harmonies can be surprising, daring - even outrageous. For their first recording on Delphian, Ben Palmers The Syred Consort and Orchestra of St Paul's have collaborated with musicologist Ben Byram-Wigfield to bring this small survey of Lotti's music to life. Palmer's singers dazzle in virtuosic vocal lines, and the instrumental ensemble plays as though one. There is excitement. There is hushed poignancy. And throughout there is Lotti's luscious harmony, which makes this music nothing short of addictive.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

The Guardian, 15th May 2016

CD Review, 30th April 2016

Sunday Times, 15th May 2016

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
This disc is a particularly welcome unveiling of four rapturous sacred works... the music is a pleasant fusion of the rigorous Baroque idiom... and the then-fashionable style gallant, characterised by suave melodies and lighter textures. Conductor Ben Palmer draws alert responses from The Syred Consort, highlighting to dramatic effect moments of vivid word painting, expressive chromaticisms and dissonance. There are stylish solo contributions, too.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
The Sancti Christophori Mass is full of wonderfully fresh ideas and it is here that the ensemble, peccadilloes aside, most persuasively demonstrate their admirable commitment and feel for Lotti's kaleidoscopic nuancing, not to mention a superior level of performance in this work... Ben Palmer has irrevocably identified a dine craftsman who is rather more than a 'one-piece wonder'.

The Guardian, 15th May 2016
Lotti's music is strongly profiled, solidly baroque, with an especially expressive fugue at the end of the Gloria, then re-used in the Benedictus. There are a good number of first recordings here, driven well by Ben Palmer.

CD Review, 30th April 2016
The recording lends a really nice halo to the voices, and it's great to hear more Lotti at last.

Sunday Times, 15th May 2016
Despite the title, Palmer's forces explore far beyond the three deliciously crunchy Crucifixus settings for which the Venetian Lotti (1667-1740) is known. ..Both larger works reveal a rich style, as do a vivid Dixit Dominus and an expressive Miserere.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak (10/07/2015-10/08/2015).



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>Lotti, Antonio : Dixit Dominus, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor
  • Performers: Kate Ashby (Voice); Felicity Hayward; Oliver Hunt; Hugo Hymas
  • Conductor: Ben Palmer
  • Ensemble: The Syred Consort
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak (10/07/2015-10/08/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lotti, Antonio : Miserere, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor
  • Performers: Ruairi Bowen; Rachel Evans; Ben McKee
  • Conductor: Ben Palmer
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St PaulÆs
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak (10/07/2015-10/08/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lotti, Antonio : Missa Sancti Christophori, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Michael Craddock (Guitar); Rachel Evans; Robbie Jacobs
  • Conductor: Ben Palmer
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak (10/07/2015-10/08/2015)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lotti, Antonio : Credo, for soloists, double chorus & orchestra in G minor
  • Performers: Ruairi Bowen; Rachel Evans; Felicity Hayward; Oliver Hunt; Hugo Hymas; Ben McKee
  • Conductor: Ben Palmer
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak (10/07/2015-10/08/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque