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Alessandro Grandi: Vespro Della Beata Vegine

Audio Samples

>Grandi, Alessandro : Deus in adjutorium
>     Invitory
>Grandi, Alessandro : O Quam Suave for 2 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Dixit Dominus, for 4 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : O quam tu pulchra es
>Grandi, Alessandro : Laudate pueri, for 4 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Vulnerasti cor meum
>Grandi, Alessandro : Laetatus sum, for 8 voices & continuo (Salmi brevi)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Laetamini vos, o caeli, for 3 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Nisi Dominus, for 4 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Lauda Jerusalem, for 8 voices & continuo (Salmi brevi)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Ave maris stella, for voice & 2 violins
>Grandi, Alessandro : O Speciosa
>Grandi, Alessandro : Magnificat, for 4 voices

Album Summary

>Grandi, Alessandro : Deus in adjutorium
>Grandi, Alessandro : O Quam Suave for 2 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Dixit Dominus, for 4 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : O quam tu pulchra es
>Grandi, Alessandro : Laudate pueri, for 4 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Vulnerasti cor meum
>Grandi, Alessandro : Laetatus sum, for 8 voices & continuo (Salmi brevi)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Laetamini vos, o caeli, for 3 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Nisi Dominus, for 4 voices
>Grandi, Alessandro : Lauda Jerusalem, for 8 voices & continuo (Salmi brevi)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Ave maris stella, for voice & 2 violins
>Grandi, Alessandro : O Speciosa
>Grandi, Alessandro : Magnificat, for 4 voices
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Grandi (1586 - 1630) was Monteverdi's Vice-Kapellmeister at St. Mark's in Venice for 7 years before he was elected Kapellmeister at the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, 1627. His time at the Basilica was short, as he & his entire family would succumb to the plague by 1630. Grandi's works were widely disseminated, & the he proved to be a lasting influence in shaping the rapid developments & changes in music during the 17th century. The quality of his psalm settings (especially the later ones); make him one of the most important composers of his day. This CD is from a live recording of a concert presented during the Musikfest Stuttgart 2010 by the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart together with soloists Deborah York & Peter Harvey, under the direction of Matthew Hall.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Markuskirche, Stuttgart, Germany (09/12/2010).



Reviews

Vesper of the Blessed Virgin—compilation into a new work
This composition from several works by Alessandro Grandi has been put together like an intricate, intimate jigsaw puzzle to form a Vesper service. Grandi served under and was heavily influenced by Monteverdi; but he has not emerged from his master’s fame to claim his own spotlight. This music, composed a century before J.S. Bach, introduces the music history period known as “early Baroque”. Congratulations to Rudolf Ewerhart for fitting together these pieces into a complete work.

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart performers further enhance the experience of this vesper service. The blue-ribbon biographies of all the soloists—York, Taylor, Lyon, and Harvey—bear witness to the fine skills of these performers. Soprano Deborah York is clear and dignified, secure in each note and phrase. It is striking to have the second part “altus” sung by countertenor Daniel Taylor. Even with recent popularity, the countenor texture has not yet become the preferred voice. All the soloists voices blend together smoothly; Track 9, Nisi Dominus, illustrates this blend, in addition to bringing out the chorus. The Bach Collegium Stuttgart under the baton of harpsichordist Matthew Halls provides the “instrumental partner”, as intended, for the choir. However, the orchestra could become more substantial rather than merely a support. Both choir and orchestra carry on the tradition of excellence since their founding by the legendary Helmuth Rilling.

Upon reviewing the English text, the sections of poetry become differentiated. Some texts certainly come from the Song of Solomon, with wording hardly befitting the worship of the Virgin—it is uncomfortable to imagine these presented in a Protestant vesper service. Conversely, certain parts are quite appropriate (Tracks 1, 5, 13, and 14) for a church choir. The concluding Magnificat (Track 14) is impressive. The director of a modern choir could easily select some portions of this collection for a concert to represent this composer and the early Baroque era. Any track would provide an elegant program selection, education for the choir and audience, and wider exposure for the composer Alessandro Grandi.
Submitted on 07/29/11 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Grandi, Alessandro : Deus in adjutorium :: Invitory
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : O Quam Suave for 2 voices
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Ed Lyon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Dixit Dominus, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : O quam tu pulchra es
  • Performer: Ed Lyon
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Laudate pueri, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Vulnerasti cor meum
  • Performer: Deborah York (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Laetatus sum, for 8 voices & continuo (Salmi brevi)
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Laetamini vos, o caeli, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Nisi Dominus, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : O quam tu pulchra es
  • Performer: Ed Lyon
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Lauda Jerusalem, for 8 voices & continuo (Salmi brevi)
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Ave maris stella, for voice & 2 violins
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1629
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : O Speciosa
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grandi, Alessandro : Magnificat, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Deborah York (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Voice); Ed Lyon (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Live