WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Musica Sacra Nella Napoli Del '700 - Leo, Pergolesi, Jommelli

Shen / Ensemble Arione / Marzola
Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Tactus   Catalog #: 690002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonardo LeoGiovanni Battista PergolesiNiccolò Jommelli
Performer:  Dan Shen
Conductor:  Luigi Marzola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Arione
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



LEO Salve regina. Miserere. PERGOLESI Salve regina in c. JOMMELLI Miserere Dan Shen (sop); Luigi Marzola, dir; Gruppo Cantale Cantemus; Ens Arione TACTUS 690002 (59:31 Text and Translation)


“Sacred music in 18th-century Naples” is the descriptive title for a disc that offers two widely used texts set by three contemporary composers, even if Jommelli Read more belongs to a younger generation than the other two. Leonard Leo (1694–1744) provides settings of both the Marian antiphon and the penitential psalm, while Pergolesi (1710–36) and Niccolò Jommelli (1714–74) each give us one of them. Pergolesi’s is the later and more familiar of his two settings. Leo’s Salve regina was recorded by Barbara Schlick (18:5 and 31:5), who took it considerably slower, and his Miserere was done by Graham O’Reilly (25:5), who also took it much slower. Jommelli’s Miserere is the novelty here, for, although he composed nine settings of the psalm, this seems to be the first recording of any of them. Like Leo, he alternated polyphony with chant psalm tones.


Dan Shen is a Chinese coloratura soprano who has studied and sung in Italy since 1991. She is the featured artist on this disc, hence the contents and texts are in Italian and Chinese (though not the notes). Her voice is strangely thin in the psalm verses of Jommelli’s work, but she is effective as soloist in the two Salve regina settings. The alternation of works (the order is given in the headnote) involves not only the contrasting texts but also the solo settings of one and ensemble settings of the other (eight voices for Leo’s and five voices for Jommelli’s). The Neapolitan style unites everything, with exemplary work from the vocal and instrumental ensembles. Marzola is not a name I know, but he has managed to make this a pleasant collection. Give it a chance.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Salve Regina in F major by Leonardo Leo
Performer:  Dan Shen ()
Conductor:  Luigi Marzola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Arione
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Studio 2 della RSI di Lugano Svizzera 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Miserere Mei Deus by Leonardo Leo
Conductor:  Luigi Marzola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Arione
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Studio 2 della RSI di Lugano Svizzera 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. Salve Regina in A minor by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Dan Shen ()
Conductor:  Luigi Marzola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Arione
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Studio 2 della RSI di Lugano Svizzera 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4. Miserere for 5 voices & continuo in G minor by Niccolò Jommelli
Conductor:  Luigi Marzola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Arione
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Studio 2 della RSI di Lugano Svizzera 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook