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Stella Del Nostro Mar - Past And Present Reflections Of The Marin Inspiration / Cantica Symphonia


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 31905   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Adrian WillaertJean MoutonJosquin Des PrézFrancisco de Peñalosa,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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STELLA DEL NOSTRO MAR Cantica Symphonia GLOSSA 31905 (74:49 Text and Translation)


Music of MOUTON, PEÑALOSA, ISAAC, GALANTE, SENFL, WILLAERT, JOSQUIN DES PREZ, GUBANOV


This program focuses on the Carmelite church in Piedmont where the ensemble gives concerts and makes records, almost like their home. The disc celebrates the quincentenary of its erection. Since the Carmelites (not alone among religious orders) are Read more devoted to the Blessed Virgin, the program is made up of Marian laude and motets from the period of its founding. Added are new works dedicated to the ensemble by Carlo Galante (whose piece gives the disc its title) and Yakov Gubanov. There is a tranquil similarity to all the pieces, none of which are very familiar. While the Josquin piece, Gaude virgo mater Christi , is known on discs, it is not the more obvious selection so often recorded. One Isaac piece, Sub tuum praesidum , has been reconstructed from an organ tablature and his O praeclarissima has been patched together from existing fragments. The program is not evenly divided between the two forms, for there are only three medieval laude among all the motets.


The two contemporary pieces are modern in style, even if they evoke the older idioms. Galante calls his piece a spiritual madrigal, while Gubanov’s title, Benedicta et venerabilis , suggests a motet but is really a modern lauda. Galante’s vocal lines are dissonant, while Gubanov stays closer to a traditional harmonic style tinged with astringent sounds. Each selection announces its presence unmistakably as the program of medieval sounds unfolds. The four singers put a lot of time into this effort, for they came to the church at least four times over the course of a year to make the recordings without anyone else involved on the technical side. (Giuseppe Maletto, who is credited as director when the ensemble is larger, took charge of the engineering.) The results are impressive. This is a very attractive and unusual program.


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Works on This Recording

1. Ave Maria, gratia plena by Adrian Willaert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
2. Ave fuit prima salus by Jean Mouton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: 20th Century 
3. O Maria piissima stella maris by Jean Mouton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
4. Gaude virgo, mater Christi by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
5. Sancta Maria by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
6. Sub tuum praesidium "Ricercare" by Heinrich Isaac
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
7. Virgo prudentissima by Ludwig Senfl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
8. Ave Maria by Frater Petrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
9. Ave regina caelorum by Frater Petrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
10. Stella del nostro mar by Carlo Galante
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: 20th Century 
11. Benedicta et venerabilis by Yakov Gubanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: 20th Century 

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