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Il Tesoro Di San Gennaro / Antonio Florio, I Turchini


Release Date: 01/22/2013 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 922605   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiCristofaro CaresanaFrancesco Nicola FagoGaetano Veneziano
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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IL TESORO DI SAN GENNARO Antonio Florio, cond; I Turchini GLOSSA 922605 (61:22 Text and Translation)


Music of D. SCARLATTI, CARESANA, FAGO, VENEZIANO


The subtitle, “Sacred Music in Early 18th-Century Naples,” reminds us that San Gennaro (Januarius) is the patron saint of that city, or rather one of scores of patron saints whose intercession in calamity the citizens begged. The two largest works on this program are an Read more impressive Stabat Mater by Nicola Fago (1677-1745), set exceptionally for four voices (not, for Naples, the usual two), and a motet Antra valles Divo plaudant in honor of St. John the Baptist by Domenico Scarlatti. The former, a contemporary of Scarlatti and several of the greatest composers of the late Baroque, is a new name in my collection. Fago succeeded Cristofaro Caresana (1640-1709) as maestro di cappella of the chapel connected with the cathedral and known as the Treasury of San Gennaro, where the relic of the martyr’s blood is venerated. Fago was a pupil of Caresana’s predecessor, Francesco Provenzale. The other two composers heard here, Domenico Scarlatti and Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716), were members of the Real (royal) Cappella, the viceroy’s chapel, where Alessandro Scarlatti had been director and Provenzale and Caresana had also been members. Scarlatti is also noted here for three sinfonie, drawn from the 17 sinfonie uniquely preserved in Paris, the only secular pieces on the disc.


Hence this program is a cross-section of Neapolitan sacred music around the beginning of the 18th century. Caresana is represented by a canzona in honor of San Gennaro to be sung on one of his feast days (there were three). A second work by Fago is the Vespers psalm Confitebor tibi , one of five that he wrote. Veneziano is represented by three Office hymns for one or two voices with instruments. This continues a series of Neapolitan programs that this ensemble has given us. The six mixed voices and eight players toss off the rapid figures with an appreciation of the style that prevailed at the time. Devotees of this period will appreciate this disc.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia No.7 for strings and continuo in C major by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Canzona for 4 voices & instruments ("Per S. Gennaro") by Cristofaro Caresana
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1702 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Confitebor, for 3 voices & violins by Francesco Nicola Fago
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Work(s): Sinfonia a 4 in re maggiore: Grave by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Work(s): Sinfonia a 4 in re maggiore: Presto by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Work(s): Sinfonia a 4 in re maggiore: Adagio by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Work(s): Sinfonia a 4 in re maggiore: Allegro assai by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Jam sol recedit, hymn for voice & violins by Gaetano Veneziano
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1702 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Iste confessor, hymn for 2 voices, 4 violins & continuo by Gaetano Veneziano
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Sinfonia No.3 for strings and continuo in G major by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Ave maris stella, hymn for voice & violins by Gaetano Veneziano
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Antra, valles, divo plaudeant, motet for 5 voices, violin, viola & continuo by Domenico Scarlatti
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1701 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Stabat Mater, for 4 voices & chamber orchestra by Francesco Nicola Fago
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2012 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Padua, Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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