Carissimi: Eight Motets
This sixth Consortium Carissimi CD released with the Naxos Early Music label marks the twenty years of work begun in Rome in 1996 with Viittorio Zanon and Marco Scavazza. Price includes shipping.
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This sixth Consortium Carissimi CD released with the Naxos Early Music label marks the twenty years of work begun in Rome in 1996 with Viittorio Zanon and Marco Scavazza.
“When the stateside ensemble was formed, I chose to concentrate on the larger works of Carissimi and Graziani such as oratorios, motets and secular cantatas.
These Eight Motets provide another occasion to hear how Carissimi varied his style on the common ground of a simple bass line. His style became an example to other Italian composers of the time, but more especially to the whole continent of Europe. The forces he chooses for dramatic expression are evident in the selection, ranging from an intimate Christmas setting to a three choir Motet for All Saints and Souls.
We who love this music have dedicated much of our lives to uncovering, transcribing, and reawakening sacred and secular music that has been asleep for much too long.
I am grateful to Naxos that this work has caught the attention of early music people and musicologists worldwide. We will add to our collections of Motets, Oratorios and Cantatas another genre of the Early Baroque: the comic Opera Il Trinito of Bernardo Pasquini.” – Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director/Founder