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Mater Purissima: Holy Rosary Music in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by Biber, Bendetti, Soriano, Bruna and Vulpio / Akathistos Ensemble

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Ave Maris Stella
>Soriano, Francesco : L'Ave Maris Stella, canon no 103 for voice & continuo
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor ("The Presentation"), C. 93
>Vulpio, Giovanni Battista : Cantata Spirituale à Canto solo Sopra la Passione Soprano, Violoncello, Tiorba, Organo
>Soriano, Francesco : Ave Maris Stella, canon no 54 for 2 voices & continuo
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 10 in G minor ("The Crucifixion"), C. 99
>Soriano, Francesco : Ave Maris Stella, canon no 77 for 5 voices & conitnuo
>Benedetti, Francesco Maria : La Madonna preservata dalla colpa originale, cantata for soprano, bass & continuo
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 12 in C major ("The Ascension"), C. 101
>Bruna, Pablo : Tiento de segundo tono por Ge sol re ut sobre la letanía de la Virgen, no 69
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release is a selection of the music chosen for the celebration of the Holy Rosary in four Marian Sanctuaries in Rome during 2008, recorded live in San Gregorio dei Muratori, in the Basillica di Santa Maria Maggiore, in San Salvatore in Lauro and in SS. The idea behind the initiative was to reunite liturgy and prayer with the music originally composed for the celebration, bridging the gap between sacred music simply "played" in concerts and the deep liturgical and spiritual meaning it possesses. Today, sacred music is rarely part of liturgy, or at most plays a limited and marginal role; churches are used as "concert halls," and even the musician approaching the world of sacred music, ignores or is unaware of its spiritual value. For this reason we have created a philological reconstruction of the ancient Marian Rosario, and have taken the occasion to finally correct the injustices suffered by religious music, especially its most ancient form. The celebration of the Rosario through music seemed to us to be a wonderful and unique occasion in which to reunite musical art and religiousness, revered in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, now forgotten and rarely heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bonsai Studios (2008).



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Ave Maris Stella
  • Performer: Dario Paolini (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Soriano, Francesco : L'Ave Maris Stella, canon no 103 for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Radu Marian
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor ("The Presentation"), C. 93
  • Performer: Valerio Losito (Viola d'amore)
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Vulpio, Giovanni Battista : Cantata Spirituale à Canto solo Sopra la Passione Soprano, Violoncello, Tiorba, Organo :: Dalla Croce
  • Performer: Paolo Lopez
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Vulpio, Giovanni Battista : Cantata Spirituale à Canto solo Sopra la Passione Soprano, Violoncello, Tiorba, Organo :: Deh portate
  • Performer: Paolo Lopez
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Soriano, Francesco : Ave Maris Stella, canon no 54 for 2 voices & continuo
  • Performer: Dario Paolini (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 10 in G minor ("The Crucifixion"), C. 99
  • Performer: Valerio Losito (Viola d'amore)
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Soriano, Francesco : Ave Maris Stella, canon no 77 for 5 voices & conitnuo
  • Performer: Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Benedetti, Francesco Maria : La Madonna preservata dalla colpa originale, cantata for soprano, bass & continuo
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo no 12 in C major ("The Ascension"), C. 101
  • Performer: Valerio Losito (Viola d'amore)
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Bruna, Pablo : Tiento de segundo tono por Ge sol re ut sobre la letanía de la Virgen, no 69
  • Performers: Simonpietro Cussino (Cello); Valerio Losito (Violin); Radu Marian
  • Ensemble: Ensamble Akathistos
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque