Programma II: Epiphany

New Year’s Weekend –
Vivaldi’s Gloria & Charpentier’s Te Deum

Dates:
Friday, January 1st, 7:30pm & Sunday, January 3rd, 2:00pm

Venue:
St. Mary’s Chapel, St. Paul Seminary

Epiphany with Consortium Carissimi

In what has now become a kind of tradition, Consortium Carissimi offers the Twin Cities their contribution to the busy Christmas Season in January. Also a tradition in many countries and cultures is to sing this Te Deum canticle on January 1st.

These Epiphany concerts will provide an occasion to hear brilliant trumpet in two great works of the early and late baroque period. Together with the delightful works of Carissimi and Graziani, come and hear this beautiful setting of Charpentier’s Te Deum as well as the well-known Gloria of Antonio Vivaldi.

Carissimi’s most famous student of composition was undoubtedly the Frenchman, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and among his many well-known works is his grand polyphonic motet Te Deum (H. 146)—best known for the great trumpet part in the Prelude. This baroque trumpet became widely used in Italy in the late 17th century in Bologna, quickly replacing the cornetto which had gone into disuse.

Featuring Kris Kwapis on baroque trumpet and Douglas Shambo II as bass soloist for the Te Deum, as well as contralto Lisa Drew as soloist in the Gloria, this magnificent event will be led by special guest conductor, Kathy Saltzman Romey.

Other soloists include Angela Grundstad, Clara Osowski, sopranos and David Lee Echlard, alto & Roy Heilman, tenor in the Te Deum.  Heather Cogswell & Anna Christoforo are the soprano soloists in the Gloria.


Concert Excerpts

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Acoloades

Ab fab! An unforgettable performance. Bravi tutti!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T08:14:48+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

Celestial!!

One of the most gorgeous and transcendent pieces of music ever written, and this was the first time we've heard...

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T11:11:00+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

One of the most gorgeous and transcendent pieces of music ever written, and this was the first time we've heard it done live.

Epic!

EPIC concert this afternoon! Thank you!!

audience member - Luther Concert

2017-02-06T10:50:53+00:00

audience member - Luther Concert

EPIC concert this afternoon! Thank you!!

For me, this weekend was a dream come true –

still on cloud 9.

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T10:48:39+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

still on cloud 9.
Carissimi Eight Motets

Gramophone Reviews Eight Motets CD

...lovely instrumental introduction to exquisite passages

Gramophone Magazine
April 2017

2017-04-06T09:14:21+00:00

Gramophone Magazine
April 2017

Carissimi Eight Motets
...lovely instrumental introduction to exquisite passages

GRATIANI, B.: Adae / Filli Prodigi / 5 Motets

David Denton David's Review Corner, November 2015 Even among the Early Music admirers, the 17th century Italian, Bonifazio Graziani will...

© 2015 David’s Review Corner

2016-02-22T09:54:22+00:00

© 2015 David’s Review Corner

David Denton David's Review Corner, November 2015 Even among the Early Music admirers, the 17th century Italian, Bonifazio Graziani will be largely unknown, though in his lifetime he was a major church composer. That fame extended to a commission by Pope Innocent X to compose appropriate music for the ‘most holy year’ of 1650, and, unlike many other church composers of the time, his music was subsequently published. Having studied theology, he spent much of his life in Rome as an ordained priest, sharing his time between ecclesiastical duties and that of the maestro di cappella for La Chiesa del Gesu. It was a position of considerable importance, and he would have been obliged to produce a flow of motets and music for special occasions. That he, and his church compatriots, met those exhausting demands with works of such high quality was remarkable. Just turn to track 5, the short, Quid est hoc, to find music that falls so attractively on the ear, while the more extended ‘oratorios’, Adae Oratorium and Filli Prodigi Oratorium—which appear to date from 1650—were more complex and contrasting in their content, both drawing their text from biblical sources, and inducing some exploratory harmonies for the period. As to the performance, Garrick Comeaux, the founder of the North American group, Consortium Carissimi, writes in the booklet notes, “we make no pretence of a historical reconstruction”. That is apparent by the use of female voices in place of boy sopranos, which will considerably change the texture, and it goes a stage further with their use of a marked vibrato when a pure tone was required. That is somewhat mitigated by the ‘authentic’ sounds from the instrumental group of archlute, theorbo, viola da gamba, sackbut, harpsichord and chamber organ. A reverberant church acoustic is ideal, and it is...

Graziani Motets Naxos Review

David Denton David's Review Corner, February 2016 Last November, Consortium Carissimi frequented us with the motets of Bonifazio Graziani, a...

© 2016 David’s Review Corner

2016-02-22T09:39:57+00:00

© 2016 David’s Review Corner

David Denton David's Review Corner, February 2016 Last November, Consortium Carissimi frequented us with the motets of Bonifazio Graziani, a now totally forgotten 17th century composer of Italian church music. In my review, I sketched his life as having spent most of his years as an ordained priest in Rome, sharing his time between those ecclesiastical duties and that of the maestro di cappella for La Chiesa del Gesu, a position that in itself was of considerable importance. It would have called for an unending flow of music, such as the twelve Cantatas on this disc that would have served as a part of regular services. Such was his importance that he had  his music published, which was, in itself, unusual at that time. Solo cantatas for up to four voices, rather than the larger choral forces, seem to have attracted him, and he was equally to use his cantatas to comment on a whole range of subjects, the present disc opening and closing on the philosophical subject of the fragility of life. The exact date of composition is unknown as they were published posthumously on the instigation of his brother. Sadly two of the opus number have had to be omitted as they would have exceeded the running time of a CD, and, though no explanation is offered, the indexed order has been changed. The American-based Consortium Carissimi do not make any claim to period authenticity, though the flexible sized ensemble use a group of period instruments in support of its singers. There are times when the music seems to have only recently been known to them—apparently they only give three public concerts annually—but they are sincerely presented, Linh Kauffman giving a particularly radient Generoso pensiero. Texts and English translations are available as a download from Naxos. © 2016...

It was wonderful!! So fun and intimate!

audience member - Il Tirinto Opera

2016-06-05T12:07:30+00:00

audience member - Il Tirinto Opera

Loved it!

Went to the jazz/baroque concert yesterday. Loved it.

Martin - Baroque Meets Jazz

5.0
2016-11-14T12:36:55+00:00

Martin - Baroque Meets Jazz

Went to the jazz/baroque concert yesterday. Loved it.

Not all long-lost operas are worth resurrecting, but Pasquini’s “Il Tirinto” is, and this loving recreation by Consortium Carissimi showed it.

see our blog post for the full review
2016-06-04T15:14:35+00:00
see our blog post for the full review

Oh, it was SO beautiful!!

Thank you all so much!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T08:27:18+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

Thank you all so much!

Project III – Usquequo peccatores

Eight Motets of Carissimi Apr 24th / Apr 26th    
2015-01-05T08:38:24+00:00
Eight Motets of Carissimi Apr 24th / Apr 26th    

Rivotting!

What an amazing collective of talent and style; I am SO glad I was there!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T11:49:08+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

What an amazing collective of talent and style; I am SO glad I was there!

Spot On – Wonderful Show!

My 7 year old insisted on staying for the whole thing!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T10:50:35+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

My 7 year old insisted on staying for the whole thing!

Super fun and musically satisfying. So glad I went!

Il Tirinto Opera

2016-06-05T12:09:28+00:00

Il Tirinto Opera

This was a magical memorable experience.

True talent. Beautiful!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T08:25:32+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

True talent. Beautiful!

Wonderful!

We heard you for the first time yesterday at Mount Olive. It was wonderful and we WILL be back!

audience member - Luther Concert

2017-02-06T10:48:55+00:00

audience member - Luther Concert

We heard you for the first time yesterday at Mount Olive. It was wonderful and we WILL be back!

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