Lotti: Crucifixus

Delphian: DCD34182

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Lotti: Crucifixus

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

22nd April 2016

Label:

Delphian

Catalogue No:

DCD34182

Discs:

1

Release date:

22nd April 2016

Barcode:

0801918341823

Length:

79 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Lotti: Crucifixus


Lotti:

Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109)

Miserere

Missa Sancti Christophori

Credo


The Syred Consort & Orchestra of St Paul’s, Ben Palmer

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Read David's exclusive interview with Ben Palmer about the project here, and Presto's complete review of the disc here.

Despite a hugely prolific output spanning a career of more than 50 years, Antonio Lotti is now known almost exclusively for his eight-part setting of the ‘Crucifixus’. It is not widely known that that motet is in fact part of a complete Credo setting, itself part of the Missa Sancti Christophori that receives its first recording here.

Much of Lotti’s music was written for the Basilica of San Marco in Venice at a time when expense and extravagance were not spared. He often wrote daringly for much bigger forces than were usual; in reviving Lotti’s music, that sheer scale can present a challenge. Rhythmic shock and awe, masterful variety, incessant invention and a defiant refusal to conform make this music overripe for revival. Lotti is at the cutting edge of the galant style that prefigures the Classical era; his harmonies can be surprising, daring – even outrageous.

For their debut on Delphian, The Syred Consort and Orchestra of St Paul’s have collaborated with musicologist Ben Byram-Wigfield to bring this survey of Lotti’s music to life. Ben Palmer’s singers dazzle in their virtuosity, and the instrumentalists play with immaculately crisp ensemble. There is excitement. There is hushed poignancy. And throughout there are Lotti’s luscious harmonies, which make this music nothing short of addictive.

All tracks except 9 and the ‘Crucifixus’ in 14 are premiere recordings.

Antonio Lotti: Dixit Dominus

Dixit Dominus: Dixit Dominus

Antonio Lotti: Miserere in C Minor

Miserere mei Deus

Quoniam iniquitatem

Auditui meo

Cor mundum crea

Quoniam si voluisses

Antonio Lotti: Missa Sancti Christophori

Kyrie

Gloria

Credo - Crucifixus a 8

Sanctus

Benedictus

Agnus Dei

Antonio Lotti: Credo in G Minor

Credo in unum Deum

Et incarnatus est - Crucifixus a 6

Ritornello - Et in Spiritum

Et unam sanctam

BBC Music Magazine

May 2016

****

“this disc is a particularly welcome unveiling of four rapturous sacred works…the music is a pleasant fusion of the rigorous Baroque idiom…and the then-fashionable style gallant, characterised by suave melodies and lighter textures. Conductor Ben Palmer draws alert responses from The Syred Consort, highlighting to dramatic effect moments of vivid word painting, expressive chromaticisms and dissonance. There are stylish solo contributions, too”

Presto Classical

David Smith

22nd April 2016

“The immediate impression is of a rather Vivaldian style – not surprisingly, as the two were almost exact contemporaries. Yet at the same time the influence of Lotti's predecessor at San Marco – one Claudio Monteverdi – is clearly audible...This is clearly a labour of love for Palmer and his musicians...the superb musicianship on display shows Lotti in the best possible light, and I now feel I should get to know his music more.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2016

“The Sancti Christophori Mass is full of wonderfully fresh ideas and it is here that the ensemble, peccadilloes aside, most persuasively demonstrate their admirable commitment and feel for Lotti’s kaleidoscopic nuancing, not to mention a superior level of performance in this work…Ben Palmer has irrevocably identified a dine craftsman who is rather more than a ‘one-piece wonder’”

The Guardian

15th May 2016

“Lotti’s music is strongly profiled, solidly baroque, with an especially expressive fugue at the end of the Gloria, then re-used in the Benedictus. There are a good number of first recordings here, driven well by Ben Palmer.”

CD Review

30th April 2016

“The recording lends a really nice halo to the voices, and it's great to hear more Lotti at last.”

Sunday Times

15th May 2016

“Despite the title, Palmer’s forces explore far beyond the three deliciously crunchy Crucifixus settings for which the Venetian Lotti (1667-1740) is known. ..Both larger works reveal a rich style, as do a vivid Dixit Dominus and an expressive Miserere.”

MusicWeb International

July 2016

“The four works on this disc are sung by the Syred Consort with exemplary vitality…fans of Baroque and choral music will surely stand in their debt for the revelation of a musical personality who speaks with a directness that is both beguiling and compelling”

Limelight Magazine

“These are large-scale festal works of tremendous charm....Palmer's accounts are beautifully paced and articulated, aided by the extrovert contributions of the Orchestra of St. Paul's.”

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