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Legrenzi: Concerti Musicali Per Uso Di Chiesa / Favero, Oficina Musicum

Cembal D'amour / Oficina Musicum / Favero
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 653  
Composer:  Giovanni Legrenzi
Performer:  Alberto AllegrezzaAndrea ArrivabeneRaffaele GiordaniPatrizia Vaccari,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Favero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  In Dulci JubiloOficina Musicum
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LEGRENZI Messa a 4 Voci. Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore Riccardo Favero, dir; Oficina Musicum DYNAMIC CDS 653 (2 CDs: 101:26)

Giovanni Legrenzi (1626–90) is not a composer prominent on my shelves. Four collection discs have a total of five pieces, only one of them a motet. Hence this collection of sacred music sheds new light on a composer who occupied a number of significant musical positions in northern Italy and sought even more of them unsuccessfully. He began at the Bergamo cathedral from 1645 to 1656, Read more then at the height of its splendor, and was ordained a priest at that time. A decade in Ferrara was followed by five fallow years, but in 1670 he went to an ospedale in Venice, then another ospedale , became vicemaestro at St. Mark’s in 1681, then maestro four years later, when the basilica’s choral and instrumental forces were at their largest and the salary assigned to his position at its height. His crowning achievement proved brief, for illness limited his activity in the last three years of his life. He composed church music during his entire career, but operas and sonatas also figured prominently in his work.

The two works heard here, a Mass on a short disc and a Vespers on a full disc, comprise his op. 1, published in Venice in 1654 during his term at Bergamo. The Mass consists only of Kyrie, Gloria, and Credo. The Vespers consist of five psalms, a hymn, and a canticle. The six antiphons that belong to the psalms and canticle are sung in chant by Alberto Turco’s ensemble In Dulci Jubilo (only three are found in modern editions and the source of the others is not revealed). After the second and fifth psalms, the repetition of the antiphon is replaced by a sonata from his op. 8, which dates from Ferrara. (Both of these details are buried in the notes.)

Oddly, a recorded collection devoted to the succession of Venetian maestros, San Marco, 1527–1740 , mentioned Legrenzi only in passing, not as a maestro but as the teacher of Antonio Lotti, yet the evidence heard here testifies to his skill and invention. The singers under Riccardo Favero (only Walter Testolin is a familiar name) respond to music that clearly moves them. Favero’s interest in rediscovering neglected composers has paid off with this issue, one that enthusiasts of the Italian Baroque should welcome.

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Works on This Recording

Messa a 4 Voci e Doi Violini by Giovanni Legrenzi
Performer:  Alberto Allegrezza (Tenor), Andrea Arrivabene (Countertenor), Raffaele Giordani (Tenor),
Patrizia Vaccari (Soprano), Walter Testolin (Bass), Letizia Butterin (Voice)
Conductor:  Riccardo Favero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  In Dulci Jubilo,  Oficina Musicum
Period: Baroque 
Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore by Giovanni Legrenzi
Performer:  Walter Testolin (Bass), Patrizia Vaccari (Soprano), Raffaele Giordani (Tenor),
Andrea Arrivabene (Countertenor), Alberto Allegrezza (Tenor), Letizia Butterin (Voice)
Conductor:  Riccardo Favero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  In Dulci Jubilo,  Oficina Musicum
Period: Baroque 

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