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Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas, Vol. 2 / Michael Alexander Willens, Die Koelner Akademie

Audio Samples

>Durante, Francesco : Pastorale "Cito Pastores", motet
>Durante, Francesco : Laudate, pueri "Breve" "Detto il Grottesco", motet
>Durante, Francesco : Litanie for 2 voices & violin in E minor
>Durante, Francesco : Kyrie-Gloria Mass, "in Pastorale" in A major, for voices & ensemble

Album Summary

>Durante, Francesco : Pastorale "Cito Pastores", motet
>Durante, Francesco : Laudate, pueri "Breve" "Detto il Grottesco", motet
>Durante, Francesco : Litanie for 2 voices & violin in E minor
>Durante, Francesco : Kyrie-Gloria Mass, "in Pastorale" in A major, for voices & ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Kölner Akademie under its proven conductor Willens now presents more atmospheric Christmas compositions by Francesco Durante, one of the greatest Neapolitan church composers of the first half of the 18th century. He was one of the most influential teachers in Naples, and at the top of the list of the representatives of the Neapolitan school.

MusicWeb International, November 2012
Considering the fact that so little of Durante's vocal oeuvre has been recorded these discs are most welcome. In particular those who like to hear something less conventional during Christmastide should investigate these discs.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Conductor Michael Alexander Willens offers strong leadership and draws out the riches in the music most effectively. Interest never wanes; the two voices (soprano Monica Piccinini and alto Ursula Eittinger) are beautifully matched and engage the listener; we want to hear their message and pray with them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/14/2011-11/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Durante, Francesco : Pastorale "Cito Pastores", motet
  • Performers: Monica Piccinini (Soprano); Thilo Dahlmann (Bass); Alberto Doest
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Durante, Francesco : Laudate, pueri "Breve" "Detto il Grottesco", motet
  • Performers: Monica Piccinini (Soprano); Thilo Dahlmann (Bass); Alberto Doest
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Durante, Francesco : Litanie for 2 voices & violin in E minor
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Durante, Francesco : Kyrie-Gloria Mass, "in Pastorale" in A major, for voices & ensemble
  • Performers: Monica Piccinini (Soprano); Thilo Dahlmann (Bass); Alberto Doest; Christina Kuhne
  • Conductor: Michael Willens
  • Ensemble: Die Kölner Akademie
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral