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Giordani: Lamentazioni, Miserere / Il Terzo Suono

Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10265   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Giordani
Performer:  Marinella PennicchiJeffrey GallGian Paolo FagottoFurio Zanasi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Terzo Suono
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GIORDANI 9 Lamentazioni. Miserere Il Terzo Suono PAN PC 10265 (2 CDs: 100:18 Text and Translation)

When this was new, it was issued as Symphonia 94 D 31; it was listed in Schwann Opus , but the label was not reviewed in the usual places over here. The composer, Giuseppe Giordani (1751–98), is not represented in my collection. His early career was based in his native Naples, where he served at San Gennaro, the shrine of the Read more city’s patron saint. He moved to northern Italy, where he composed dozens of operas, then directed the music at the cathedral of Fermo for his last eight years. These nine Lamentations for Tenebrae are found there in the archives along with 27 responsories for the same services. There are two complete sets, one simple, the other (recorded here) more elaborate. The Miserere is also part of Tenebrae.

Polyphonic settings of Tenebrae in the 16th century preserved the solemn mood that chant had achieved for the commemoration of the suffering and death of the Savior. Victoria’s masterly publication may be the best known, but all of his contemporaries composed in the same style and many have been recorded. The Baroque settings of the 17th century departed from the model to introduce florid accompanied monody, especially in the lamentations, for the opera singers whose services were available while the theaters were closed for Holy Week. Numerous French composers, notably Charpentier, provided music that was not always regarded as suitable for the occasion. By the late 18th century, however, composers such as Giordani were writing in a style far removed from the spirit of the last three days of Holy Week. This set provides solos for the first two lamentations each day and four singers for the third lamentation (as also for the Miserere ); exceptions to this pattern are duets for the third and eighth lamentations, yielding a pattern of 1, 1, 2; 1, 1, 4; 1, 2, 4. The organ not only accompanies but adds elaborate, often jaunty, interludes.

The four singers are excellent, endowed with fine voices, so the value of this disc lies in introducing us to one of the byways of liturgical music, marked by a deteriorating sense of stylistic appropriateness. One wonders how long the Fermo cathedral continued to use this music. With this disc, omnivores will expand their collections of Tenebrae music.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

Miserere (Psalm 50), for 4 voices by Giuseppe Giordani
Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi (), Jeffrey Gall (), Gian Paolo Fagotto (),
Furio Zanasi ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Terzo Suono
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Church of S. Pietro in Rosis, Ginestreto 
Length: 18 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Lamentations by Giuseppe Giordani
Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Terzo Suono
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Church of S. Pietro in Rosis, Ginestreto 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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