Lenzi & Mozart: Sacred Music in Lombardy / Mazzulli, Scandelli, Ensemble Autarena

Release Date: 3/24/2017
Label: Pan Classics
Catalog Number: PC10364
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Number of Discs: 1

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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Carlo Lenzi, born in 1735 near Bergamo, was educated in Naples, famous for its four conservatories. He worked for 40 years as maestro di cappella at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo. His permanent residence in that town was both a blessing and a curse to the composer: on teh one hand he occupied a prestigious position, which was safe and stable, but on the other hand he was limited to a local audience, so that his works were largely confined to Bergamo, cut off from the most important international communication channels. We are presented with the opportunity to rediscover this treasure today: an extensive vocal and instrumental oeuvre, largely comparable with Mozart and Haydn's works. Out of Lenzi's entire compositional output, his 34 Lamentations for the Holy Week particularly stand out. For this recording, the first lamentation for Good Friday in 1777 and the second lamentation for Maundy Thursday in 1780 were chosen. Both share a modern style, a pathetic-sentimental expresion, as well as brilliant and intricately composed vocal parts. They manifest a personal inclination towards the galant style, which is characterized by a strong sense for the word and its setting. Mozart composed the motet Exsultate, jubilate KV 165 in Milan in 1773 for the soprano Venanzio Rauzzini. This motet is one of the Mozart's most remarkable spiritual works. Its outstanding design has the same characteristics as the compositions of Lenzi: a brilliant euphoria that would develop into a stylistic hallmark of Mozart's works for Milan and for Salzburg.
Works on This Recording
1. Suonate fatte per la fonzione del Venerdi S. to in Cadice: Sonata terza by Carlo Lenzi
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
2. Lamentazione II per il Giovedi Santo by Carlo Lenzi
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
3. Suonate fatte per la fonzione del Venerdi S. to in Cadice: Sonata prima by Carlo Lenzi
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
4. Lamentazione I per il Venerdì Santo by Carlo Lenzi
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
5. Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 11 in D major, K 245 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
6. Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 8 in A major, K 225 (241b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
7. Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Autarena
Period: Classical
Written: 1773 ; Milan, Italy
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