Sacred Garland - Devotional Chamber Music From The Age Of Monteverdi / Gonzaga Band, Et Al

Release Date: 7/28/2009
Label: Chandos
Catalog Number: CHAN 0761
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Number of Discs: 1

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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Devotional Chamber Music from the Age of Monteverdi. The Gonzaga Band was formed by cornettist Jamie Savan in 1997, in order to explore historical approaches to the performance of vocal and instrumental music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its line-up is flexible: the musicians heard on this recording - Steven Devine, Richard Sweeney and Faye Newton besides Jamie Savan himself - form the nucleus of the group, which expands on occasion to include other leading vocal and period-instrument specialists according to the specific requirements of each programme. Jamie Savan commented on the recording, 'Catherine Bott once described our blend of cornett and voice as that of "two soprano instruments" matched "in dazzling duet". We hope our recording will live up to this high praise.' The ensemble takes its name from the Gonzaga Dukes of Mantua, who were powerful and influential patrons of the arts in the late Renaissance period. The Gonzaga family employed Claudio Monteverdi as their maestro di cappella, and he presided over a musical establishment that was, for a time, the envy of the world. For this collection The Gonzaga Band has chosen some of the most beautiful music from the dawn of the baroque era in Italy. Some of the composers, such as Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Merula and Grandi, are well known today. Others, such as Nicolò Corradini, Benedetto Re and Archangelo Crotti, are minor masters whose music has been unjustly forgotten. All the composers represented on this disc share a gift for writing accessible, tuneful music for solo voice with obbligato instruments. The challenge is for the instrumentalist to play as vocally as possible, whilst the singer needs an instrumentalist's technique to negotiate the virtuosic demands of this repertoire. The Gonzaga Band successfully meets this challenge in Sacred Garland.
Works on This Recording
1. Spargite flores (from Motetti... libro primo, Venice, 1613) by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Faye Newton (Soprano), Steven Devine (Harpsichord), Jamie Savan (Cornett), Richard Sweeney (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
2. Venite siccientes ad acquas Domini by Claudio Monteverdi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1624 ; Italy
3. Pulchra es amica mea (with divisions by Francesco Rognoni, from Selva di varii passaggi, Milan, 1620 by Giovanni Palestrina
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1584 ; Italy
4. Jesu, mi dulcissime (from Motetti...con sinfonie...libro secondo, Venice, 1625) by Alessandro Grandi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1613 ; Ferrara, Italy
5. Partita sopra la Romanesca by Michelangelo Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
6. Nigra sum (from Il primo libro de motetti e sonate concertati, Venice, 1624) by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Italy
7. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Toccata no 12 by Alessandro Piccinini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1623 ; Bologna, Italy
8. O gloriosa Domina (from Flores praestantissimorum, Milan, 1626) by Ignazio Donati
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Renaissance
9. Angelus ad pastores (Sacred contrafactum & divisions on Anchor che col partire by Cipriano de Rore, by Giovanni Batt. Bovicelli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1594 ; Italy
10. Il primo libro delle canzoni: no 2, La Bernardina in C major by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1628 ; Italy
11. Toccata (from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) by Giovanni Picchi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Renaissance
12. Tulerunt Dominum (from Sacrum cantionum, Venice, 1618) by Benedetto Re
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Renaissance
13. Il primo libro delle canzoni: no 19, La Capriola by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1628 ; Italy
14. Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Toccata no 7 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1640 ; Italy
15. Congratulamini (from Il primo libro de' concerti ecclesiastici, Venice, 1608) by Archangelo Crotti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
16. Il secondo libro di toccate: Toccata no 1 in G minor by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1627 ; Italy
17. Gaudeamus omnes by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gonzaga Band
Period: Baroque
Written: 1620s ; Italy
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