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Feo: Missa, Confitebor / Jung, Zugner, Wagner, Hirschler, Hunger, Berndt, Et Al


Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777333   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Francesco Feo
Performer:  Tobias BerndtTobias HungerDorothea WagnerDominika Hirschler,   ... 
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Batzdorfer HofkapelleSaxony Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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FEO Missa. Confitebor a 5 Matthias Jung, cond; Anja Zügner (sop); Dorothea Wagner (sop); Dominika Hirschler (alt); Tobias Hunger (ten); Tobias Berndt (bs); Saxony Voc Ens; Batzdorfer Hofkapelle (period instruments) cpo 777 333 (58:04 Text and Translation)


Francesco Feo was one of the greatest Neapolitan composers of the first half of the 18th century. During a career extending from 1713 through 1760, the year before his death, he remained in Read more Naples, where he composed operas, oratorios, cantatas, masses, passions, psalms, and canticles, among other works. His setting of Metastasio’s first opera libretto, Siface , led to commissions from Rome and Turin. His growing fame resulted in commissions from Madrid and Prague; Hasse, resident in Dresden, where Feo’s works were also performed, wanted to entrust Feo with leading the premiere of a serenata he wrote for Naples. The music historian Charles Burney praised his works for their “fire, invention, and force in the melody and expression in the words.”


Feo’s Masses are settings of the Kyrie and Gloria in multiple movements, though some, such as the one included here, have a separate Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, which are generally much shorter than the Kyrie-Gloria. In the Mass recorded here, the five sections time out as follows: Kyrie, 4:50; Gloria, 27:49; Credo (also multiple sections), 9:49; Sanctus, 1:25; Agnus Dei, 1:26. While the Gloria uses a varied orchestra including trumpets, flutes, and oboes, the three concluding movements are modestly scored. The Confitebor is a setting of Psalm 110 (Vulgate numbering) of a type often required for vespers.


The performances here make a good case for Feo as a neglected composer worth rediscovering. The performances are vigorous without excessive speed. The soloists are an accomplished lot, and thankfully they sing with enough vibrato to make them sound like human beings. The two works on this disc are the only music of Feo to be found in the current catalog. This disc is more than a curiosity. Recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa by Francesco Feo
Performer:  Tobias Berndt (Bass), Tobias Hunger (Tenor), Dorothea Wagner (Soprano),
Dominika Hirschler (Alto), Anja Zugner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Batzdorfer Hofkapelle,  Saxony Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
2.
Confitebor à 5 by Francesco Feo
Performer:  Tobias Berndt (Bass), Dominika Hirschler (Alto), Tobias Hunger (Tenor),
Dorothea Wagner (Soprano), Anja Zugner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Matthias Jung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Batzdorfer Hofkapelle,  Saxony Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Missa defunctorum: Kyrie (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Gloria (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Laudamus te (Soprano 1, Soprano 2)
Missa defunctorum: Gratias agimus tibi (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Qui tollis I (Bass)
Missa defunctorum: Qui tollis II (Soprano 1)
Missa defunctorum: Qui sedes ad dexterem Patres (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Alto)
Missa defunctorum: Cum sancto spiritu (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Credo in unum Deum (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Et incarnatus est (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Crucifixus (Soprano 1, Alto, Tenor)
Missa defunctorum: Et resurrexit ((Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Sanctus (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Benedictus (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Missa defunctorum: Agnus dei (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Confitebor: tibi Domine (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Confitebor: Redemptionen misit (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Confitebor: Initium sapientiae (Alto, Chorus)
Confitebor: Intellectus bonus (Soprano 2, Bass)
Confitebor: Sicut erat in principio (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 One Disk Not to Miss! July 10, 2012 By Clifford H C. (Thompson, MB) See All My Reviews "Music of unrivaled beauty and ingenuity, that is what awaits anyone purchasing this disk. The mass has remarkable power and creativity. The performers are stellar, awakening this baroque jewel to its fullest potential. Feo is not very well known to the modern listener, this being one of two available recording. That is a real crime. My favorite part... Track 8-Quoriam tu solus Sanctus by the Alto Dominika Hirschler. The music dances trying to escape the boundaries set by the composer. It feels like it is about to leap outside the confines of the Catholic Liturgy and dance. The Alto absolutely breaths the music as if it was second nature. Absolutely stunning. This disk is a must!" Report Abuse
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