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Venetian Christmas

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Catalogue numberBIS-2089 SACD
Release date2014-10-22
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time74:40

5 Diapasons, Diapason

In Venice in the 18th century, Christmas was celebrated as only Venetians know how to celebrate: according to one account, more wax was burnt to light up the three storeys of the Procuratie on Christmas Eve, than in all the rest of Italy in an entire year. At the same time, rather than being an independent feast – and as such, the most singularly important one of the year – the Venetian Christmas was also part of the city's famous Carnevale, which at this time lasted for almost six months. This lent a rather special character to the celebrations, compared with for instance the more clerically inclined Rome. We know that much of the Christmas festivities – in churches, in the streets or at private parties – involved music, but very little of the actual repertoire has been identified. Possibly this is also a reflection of the role of Christmas in Venice – although a festive occasion, it wasn't an isolated one, and much of the music heard at Christmas would or could be played on suitable feast days throughout the year. Together with the soloists Ruby Hughes and Komalé Akakpo, Martin Gester and Arte dei Suonatori have constructed a colourful programme of music that we either know or can easily conjecture was being played during a typical Venetian Christmas. Naturally it includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, the city's great son, as well as by Johann Adolph Hasse, who throughout his life was a regular visitor, and who spent his last ten years there. It also features the psaltery or salterio, an instrument beloved by the Venetians, heard here as solo as well as continuo instrument. Three of the works by Vivaldi are performed in versions prepared by Olivier Fourès, and are recorded here for the first time, including the Andante ‘Il Riposo per il Santissimo Natale’ with Ewa Golińska, co-leader of Arte dei Suonatori, as violin soloist.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio
01 Andante, RV270a 02:07 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio
02 Aria: Ho nel petto un cor sì forte from the opera Giustino,
06:10 $ 1.30 USD
  Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio
  Double Concerto in C major, RV774 11:31
03 I. Allegro 04:54 $ 1.03 USD
04 II. Adagio 02:57 $ 0.62 USD
05 III. Allegro 03:40 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Hasse, Johann Adolf
  Alma redemptoris mater 12:18
06 Alma Redemptoris Mater 03:28 $ 0.73 USD
07 Tu quae genuisti 03:40 $ 0.77 USD
08 Virgo prius 05:10 $ 1.09 USD
  Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio
  Violin Concerto in E major, RV266 12:47
09 I. Allegro 05:41 $ 1.19 USD
10 II. Largo 02:39 $ 0.56 USD
11 III. Allegro 04:27 $ 0.93 USD
  Composer: Perotti, Fulgenzio
  Sonata in G major for psaltery and basso continuo 12:55
12 I. Allegro 04:36 $ 0.97 USD
13 II. Andante 05:03 $ 1.06 USD
14 III. Allegro con spirito 03:16 $ 0.69 USD
  Composer: Vivaldi, Antonio
  Salve Regina in F major, RV617 08:41
15 Salve Regina. Andante 02:58 $ 0.62 USD
16 Ad te clamamus. Allegro 01:44 $ 0.36 USD
17 Eia ergo. Allegro 01:36 $ 0.34 USD
18 Et Jesum benedictum. Andante 02:23 $ 0.50 USD
  Composer: Torelli, Giuseppe
  Concerto grosso à 4 in G minor, Op.8 No.6 06:23
19 I. Grave – Vivace 02:35 $ 0.54 USD
20 II. Largo 02:00 $ 0.42 USD
21 III. Vivace 01:48 $ 0.38 USD
  Album total 74:40
ComposerHasse, Johann Adolf
Perotti, Fulgenzio
Torelli, Giuseppe
Vivaldi, Antonio
ConductorGester, Martin
OrchestraArte dei Suonatori
ViolinGolínska, Ewa
PsalteryAkakpo, Komalé
OrganGester, Martin
CelloPokrzywinski, Tomasz
ArchluteSol, Dohyo
SopranoHughes, Ruby

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