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Music For San Marco In Venice - Monteverdi, Etc/ Hengelbrock


Release Date: 11/04/2003 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77531   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiGiovanni GabrieliPier Francesco CavalliGiovanni Croce,   ... 
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann EnsembleBalthasar-Neumann Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Choice 17th ­century repertoire from St Mark’s‚ Venice in expressive performances.

The music at St Mark’s‚ Venice in the early 17th century yields seemingly inexhaustible riches‚ upon which this attractive programme capitilises admirably. For the most part the music recorded here is not new to the catalogue‚ but comparison with older recordings certainly vindicates Hengelbrock’s decision to commit new accounts to disc. His musicians are very lively in the large­ scale festive works (the psalm settings by Monteverdi and his successor Cavalli‚ and in the latter’s Magnificat); livelier‚ more assertive in fact than some: Andrew Parrott’s reading of the ‘Dixit Dominus II’ (EMI‚ 3/85 – nla) is more solid and imposing‚
Read more but also less dynamic. The same might be said of Concerto Palatino’s recording of the Cavalli pieces (on Harmonia Mundi‚ 5/96). Hengelbrock makes greater demands of his soloist‚ and takes greater risks. But the full choral scoring in Gabrieli’s Deus‚ Deus meus yields some uncomfortably high vocal parts. Perhaps a lower tessitura‚ or solo instrumentalists‚ would have been preferable. On this point it is worth saying‚ though‚ that the ensemble transcends the considerable contributions of individuals. The rapt‚ meditative selections are given suitably expressive readings: these are the recital’s flip­side‚ best illustrated with Grandi’s Plorabo die ac nocte‚ which graphically illustrates just how theatrical such pieces can be. It is one of the disc’s high points‚ but then one has difficulty singling out individual pieces and performances for praise in such a well­ balanced and varied programme as this. It is a good place to begin exploring this repertory‚ and a worthy addition to the library of those who require no introduction. The instrumentalists are equally strong and solid‚ but overall the brass fare better than the strings (the violin’s tone is rather brittle in places). The latter are also an issue in the continuo section‚ where some may query the use of viola da gamba and cello alongside organ or theorbo. Certainly they do not appear in the other recordings I have cited‚ and comparison suggests that their persistent use ballasts the consort unnecessarily‚ especially in the vocal pieces.

-- Gramophone 10/2001
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Works on This Recording

1.
Selva morale e spirituale: Dixit Dominus II by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: O Jesu mi dulcissime by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Lauda Jerusalem by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1656; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Canzona ŕ 8 by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Sacre cantilene concertate: Incipite Virgini by Giovanni Croce
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1603; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Sacre cantilene concertate: O viri Veniti by Giovanni Croce
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1603; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Il quarto libro de motetti: Plorabo die ac nocte by Alessandro Grandi
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1616; Ferrara, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Sonata La Foscarina con il tremolo, Op.1 by Biagio Marini
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
In convertendo by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1656; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Magnificat Ŕ 8 by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1656; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Canzon decimaottava a 5 by Claudio Merulo
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
Deus, Deus, meus, ad te de luce vigilo by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1587; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Gloria in excelsis Deo ŕ 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble,  Balthasar-Neumann Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Canzona a 5 no 23 by Claudio Merulo
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Evangelical Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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