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Pasquini: Passion Cantatas / Rostorf-Zami, Zanasi, Caruso, Capella Tiberina


Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94225  
Composer:  Bernardo Pasquini
Performer:  Sharon Rostorf-ZamirFurio Zanasi
Conductor:  Giovanni Caruso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Tiberina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

• Two Cantatas composed for the Holy Week (preceding Easter), by the Italian Baroque composer Bernardo Pasquini.
• Pasquini (1637-1710) was in the service of the Borghese court, and these works were performed in the Borghese Chapel.
• The music is vivid and highly dramatic, depicting the suffering of Christ in powerful and striking colours.
• New recordings, performed on original instruments.
• Contains booklet notes and sung texts.

Bernardo Pasquini (1637–1710) was born in the province of Pistoia, Italy. Drawn to Rome like many promising young musicians, his first of many posts was as organist at the Chiesa Nouva church, and in 1667 he obtained a good position in the service of Prince Giovanni Battista
Read more Borghese, where he composed ceremonial music at the Borghese Palace and spent the rest of his days. Along with Corelli and Scarlatti, Pasquini played a major part in the musical life of Rome, and was famous for his skill as both a harpsichordist and organist.

The two Passion cantatas featured on this new CD, Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori and Padre, Signore e Dio, were composed for Holy Week at the Borghese Chapel, and comprise miniature oratorios. Although the chapel was relatively small, the instrumental forces used at the time for large-scale oratorios could reach 150 players. Here, the forces are much more modest, but the richness of Pasquini’s scoring and the textures he created make for a lush and sumptuous sound. The music is sensual, dramatic and extremely beautiful: Pasquini was a composer of great skill, and his depictions of thunder and lightening as well as stormy seas are truly impressive.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recorded in Pistoia, Italy in 2011.
• Booklet includes notes and complete sung texts.
• Period performance practice. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hor ch’il ciel fra densi horrori by Bernardo Pasquini
Performer:  Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (Soprano), Furio Zanasi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giovanni Caruso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Tiberina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2. Padre, Signore e Dio by Bernardo Pasquini
Performer:  Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (Soprano), Furio Zanasi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giovanni Caruso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Tiberina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

Sound Samples

Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Sinfonia
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Arioso: Hor ch'il ciel fra densi horrori
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Io, che per opra del Divin Fattore
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Aria: Chiusi avelli, disserratevi
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Ahi, che di te non meno
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Aria: Miei flutti vastissimi
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Duet: Dia pur tributi
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Ed io misera, ed io
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Aria: Grandini furibonde
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Duet: Antri, boschi
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Qual ignota possanza
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Aria: Miei pallori
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Taci, e lascia ch'io solo
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Aria: Piangete, o fiori
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Ma, oh stupore! Che veggio?
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Aria: Fere, inghiottitelo
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Recitative: Lungi, pietosi affetti
Hor ch'il Ciel fra densi horrori: Duet: Ahi dell'huom barbare voglie
Padre, Signore e Dio: Sinfonia
Padre, Signore e Dio: Recitative:
Padre, Signore e Dio: Recitative: Deh, taci!
Padre, Signore e Dio: Aria: Non potea, se bene ardita
Padre, Signore e Dio: Recitative: Dunque Amore e quell'empio
Padre, Signore e Dio: Aria: Deh, ti basti, Amor, si si!
Padre, Signore e Dio: Recitative: Con tante bocche aperte
Padre, Signore e Dio: Duet: Se in dono la Fede
Padre, Signore e Dio: Recitative: Signor, tu giaci estinto
Padre, Signore e Dio: Aria: Quella morte che feroce
Padre, Signore e Dio: Recitative: Per ingemmar di stelle
Padre, Signore e Dio: Aria: Piangero, ma poi vorrei
Padre, Signore e Dio: Duet: Gia sento nel petto

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