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Nascimbeni: Messa Paradis Del Amours, 1612 / Forni, Cappalla Musicalle Di S. Barbara

Nascimbeni / Forni / Umberto
Release Date: 03/05/2013 
Label:  Tactus   Catalog #: 561401  
Composer:  Stefano NascimbeniAnonymousAmante FranzoniGiulio Cardi,   ... 
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



S. NASCIMBENI Messa Paradis del Amours. Quam pulchri sunt. Ingeniosus amor & Umberto Forni, dir; Cappella Musicale di S. Barbara TACTUS 561401 (61:18)


& Music of FRANZONI, CARDI, BARGNANI, G. PALLAVICINO, CONTINO, SANCI, DOGNAZZI, RASI, MALGARINI, ANON


Stefano Nascimbeni (c.1561–1621) is still another unfamiliar name that enters the record catalog for Read more the first time. While his name dominates the front cover, the contents show that only seven of the 18 tracks are devoted to his Mass and two motets. The Mass for double choir was published in Venice with two other double-choir Masses in 1612, while the four-voice motet, sung here in place of an offertory, was published in 1620. The concluding double-choir motet is found only in a manuscript at the National Library in Rome; it contains the music for only one choir (the other had to be reconstructed). Nascimbeni was born in Mantua and succeeded Gastoldi as maestro of Santa Barbara Basilica in 1609, but stayed only three years. The notes give almost no biographical information about him (or about the other composers), apparently because so little is known.


The other 11 tracks comprise an anonymous toccata as well as five motets and five instrumental pieces by nine contemporaries (only Amante Franzoni has two canzoni) that were published by one of them, Federico Malgarini, in 1618. I have not a single work by any of these nine composers, although there is an Accent CD of organ music that includes three of them. I have a motet by Carlo Pallavicino, but he was two generations younger than Germano Pallavicino, whose Toccata is heard here. Except for Giovanni Contino (1513–1579), who was maestro at the Brescia Cathedral and taught Luca Marenzio, these composers served at the court of Mantua around the same time as Nascimbeni, for they died between 1610 and 1650. (Contino is included only by virtue of a tablature by Vincenti.) Indeed, the collection was dedicated to Scipione Gonzaga to show the quality of music that issued from the court. Francesco Rasi sang in the 1607 premiere of L’Orfeo , while Franzoni and Francesco Dognazzi were later maestro s at the Basilica. Giulio Cardi, Ottavio Bargnani, Contino, and Lorenzo Sanci (the youngest of these) are passed over in silence. The claim of “world premiere recording” must apply not only to these works but to many of the composers.


The concert was recorded in the basilica during an observance of the patronal feast on December 4, 2011. The Mass is a typical post-Tridentine composition marked by clear declamation of the texts with accompaniment of organ and several instruments. The motets are mostly sung with instruments, not colla parte but endowed with independent melodic lines. The texts of the seven motets are available only on a website. This is another indication of how much fine music has lain forgotten for centuries. The performances are remarkable, as if the Gonzagas were still supporting the musical establishment of their palace chapel; the ensemble is in fact a group assembled for such concerts as this one. The solo and choral singing are lovely, and the players are excellent. The organ, as heard especially on the opening track, is in fine shape since its restoration in 2006. This disc is typical of the unfamiliar music that this innovative label continually furnishes.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Messa "Paradis del Amours" by Stefano Nascimbeni
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1612 
2.
Toccata secondo tono by Anonymous
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
3.
Canzon à 4 by Amante Franzoni
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
4.
Anima mea liquefacta est by Giulio Cardi
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
5.
Canzon XVI à 5 by Ottavio Bargnani
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
6.
Toccata "La Gonzaga" by Germano Pallavicino
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
7.
Non mi duol di morire by Giovanni Contino
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
8.
Amo Christum by Lorenzo Sanci
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
9.
Nigra sum by Francesco Dognazzi
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
10.
Vulnerasti cor meum by Francesco Rasi
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
11.
Quam pulchra es by Federico Malgarini
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
12.
Canzone "La Gonzaga" by Amante Franzoni
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
13.
Quam pulchri sunt by Stefano Nascimbeni
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 
14.
Ingeniosus amor by Stefano Nascimbeni
Conductor:  Umberto Forni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale di Santa Barbara
Period: Baroque 

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