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Songs to Mary - Monteverdi, Grandi, Carissimi: Motets / Robert Crowe

Monteverdi / Grandi / Carissimi / Crowe / Eberth
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10054   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousGiacomo CarissimiClaudio MonteverdiJohann Kaspar Kerll,   ... 
Performer:  Robert CroweMichael Eberth
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SONGS TO MARY Robert Crowe (male sop); Michael Eberth (org) PROFIL PH 10054 (79:02 Text and Translation)

GRANDI O quam tu pulchra es. Tota pulchra es. Virgo prudentissima. Hodie virgo Jesu dilecta. MONTEVERDI Exulta filia. Pianto della Madonna. CARISSIMI O quam pulchra es. Salve, salve puellule. FRESCOBALDI Read more Toccata. KERLL Toccata

For once, I am at a loss to add much to my review of Robert Crowe’s first solo disc ( Fanfare 32:3), a Carissimi program that elicited raves about every aspect of the music and the singer. Carissimi dominates this program with the two longest selections, but Monteverdi’s Pianto della Madonna concludes the program in high style. The disc begins with the chant offertory Ave Maria , one of the most recorded chants in the repertoire (it occurs in both Advent and Marian programs), rendered with great style. Three Italian Baroque composers fill up the vocal portion of the disc, for Frescobaldi and Kerll are represented only by organ toccatas that break the sequence into three segments and give the accompanist a little exposure on his own.

The artist biography offers a long list of operatic appearances here and all over Europe. One event that should have been committed to records was the world premiere on stage of Nikolaus Schapfl’s Der Kleine Prince in Karlsruhe in 2006. This voice in the Saint-Exupéry story must have been a winner. It is a voice of incredible suavity, power, and sheer beauty. I hear none of the faults that former colleague Ralph Lucano reported in his Giulio Cesare (21:4), an indication that the artist has grown and perfected his technique in the intervening years.

After the chant comes Grandi’s masterpiece, O quam tu pulchra es , often recorded by Henri Ledroit, James Bowman, and singers under Andrew Parrott (Jeffrey Thomas), Paul McCreesh (Susan Jones), and Roland Wilson (David Cordier), among others. It serves as well as any piece to display Crowe’s mastery, though the two Monteverdi items, both much recorded, are also of special interest. Grandi’s Hodie virgo seems to be new to records, but from beginning to end this program is a ravishing delight. I hope to hear more of this marvel, but for now don’t miss hearing this incredible voice.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria by Anonymous
Performer:  Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
Period: Medieval 
2.
O quam pulchra es by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ), Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
3.
Exulta, filia Sion by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ), Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Italy 
4.
Toccata for Keyboard no 1 by Johann Kaspar Kerll
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
5.
Tota pulchra es by Alessandro Grandi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ), Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1621 
6.
Motetti con sinfonie, libro terzo: Virgo prudentissima by Alessandro Grandi
Performer:  Robert Crowe (Countertenor), Michael Eberth (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Bergamo, Italy 
7.
O quam tu pulchra es by Alessandro Grandi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ), Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1625; Venice, Italy 
8.
Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Book 1: Toccata no 7 by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1615/1628; Italy 
9.
Hodie virgo Jesu dilecta by Alessandro Grandi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ), Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
10.
Salve mi pupule by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Robert Crowe (Countertenor), Michael Eberth (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
11.
Selva morale e spirituale: Iam moriar, mi Fili by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Michael Eberth (Organ), Robert Crowe (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 

Sound Samples

Ave Maria [Libera usualis, 19th Century]
O quam tu pulchra es
Exulta filia Sion, SV 303
Toccate e partite d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo: Toccata settima
Tota pulchra es
Virgo prudentissima
O quam pulchra es
Toccata prima
Hodie virgo Jesu dilecta
Salve, salve puellule
Pianto della Madona, SV 288

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Poor Mary August 24, 2014 By JOHN E. halborg (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I have never heard a recital so poorly performed. I canno blieve that he seriously offered the Ave Maria. He might have a lovely voice but he needs coaching, and that right soon." Report Abuse
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