Per Il Santissimo Natale / La Fenice

Release Date: 9/27/2005
Label: Ricercar
Catalog Number: RIC237
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
All the traditional characters of the Nativity are present, with angels, shepherds and Wise Men all being haloed by imitations of bagpipes and other pastoral instruments < the traditional sounds of Christmas music. Italian baroque music remains theatrical even when it was composed for the church, as can be heard in these pieces that narrate the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Shepherds and the Lullaby of the Virgin; in this last-named the horrors of the Passion to come weigh heavily on Mary as she sings her child to sleep. These sacred tales are accompanied by instrumental pieces, amongst which we can find the first Pastoral sonatas of the Italian Baroque.
Works on This Recording
1. Angelus Gabriel descendit by Ignazio Donati
Performer: John Elwes (Tenor), Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), Katelijne Van Laethem (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
2. Alma redemptoris Mater by Maurizio Cazzati
Performer: Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Italy
3. Angelus ad pastores ait by Claudio Monteverdi
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
Written: 1582 ; Italy
4. Intonuit de caelo by Adriano Banchieri
Performer: Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), Katelijne Van Laethem (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
5. Selva di varie composizioni d'intavolatura per cimbalo ed organo: Pastorale by Bernardo Storace
Performer: Jean-Marc Aymes (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1664 ; Italy
6. Quem vidistis pastores by Antonio Cifra
Performer: Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor), Katelijne Van Laethem (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
7. Volate caelites by Orazio Tarditi
Performer: John Elwes (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
8. Sonata a 3 for 2 Violins and Flute by Giovanni Picchi
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1625 ; Italy
9. Jesu redemptor omnium by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: John Elwes (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
10. Sonate concertate à 2 or 3, Op. 1: Sonata no 15 à 3 "sopra lucis creator optime" by Giuseppe Scarani
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1630 ; Venice, Italy
11. Jesu dulcis memoria by Tarquinio Merula
Performer: Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
12. Sonata pastorale a 4 by Francesco Flamengo
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
13. Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13: Hor ch'è tempo di dormire "Canzonetta Spirituale" by Tarquinio Merula
Performer: Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1638 ; Italy
14. Parton dall' oriente tre Re per adorar by Anonymous
Performer: John Elwes (Tenor), Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
15. Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Book 1: Partita no 2, La Monicha by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer: Jean-Marc Aymes (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1615/1628 ; Italy
16. Nunc dimittis by Giovanni Antonio Rigatti
Performer: John Elwes (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Fenice
Period: Baroque
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