Assisi Christmas Cantatas

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Assisi Christmas Cantatas

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29th Sept 2008




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Assisi Christmas Cantatas


Cantata Morale per il Santissimo Natale Pastori o voi

Salve Regina


Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale'


Oh quam jubilat, motetto per il Santissimo Natale

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Lazzari, F A:

Sonata Pastorale

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Motetto Canto Solo per Natale

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Stelle lucide

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Salve Regina

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Ruth Ziesak (soprano) & Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet)

L’Arte Del Mondo, Werner Ehrhardt



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Music researcher and conductor Werner Ehrhardt has attracted a lot of attention this year with his two recordings on Phoenix of Joseph Martin Kraus. He returns once again, this time premiering Christmas Treasures from the library of the Sacro Convento in Assisi, something most researchers had been denied access to up until this point. The library contains a variety of works from the last 700 years that had been unknown until now.

This program of works gives us an insight into the musical culture of Assisi during the 18th century. As most musicians from Assisi came from Naples at the time, the music is very strongly influenced by the Neapolitan tradition. In the 18th century the number of musicians was limited so most music was chamber music in form which made the works captivating through their simplicity and contemplative character.

Werner Ehrhardt and L’Arte Del Mondo have always been committed to historical performance practice so it is apt that they have revived the Christmas cantatas which have been forgotten for a number of centuries. Also performing are Ruth Ziesak (soprano) and Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), a pair who have reaped praise for previous recordings.

Alessandro Melani: Sonata a 5 in C major

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Canzona

IV. Grave

V. Vivace

Nicola Porpora: Stelle lucide

Aria: Stelle lucide

Recitativo: In oscuro desto

Aria: Celi cari luminosi


Francesco Maria Benedetti: Pastori o voi

Recitativo: Pastori o voi

Aria: Dimmi tu bell' onda labile

Recitativo: Ahime gia ne fuggi l'onda scortese

Aria: Mesto angel

Recitativo: Il mio solo dolore

Aria: Gesu mio caro ben

Recitativo: Cosi d'un cor divoto

Aria: Trova Gesu

Giuseppe Maria Po del Finale: Oh quam jubilat


Aria: O quam jubilant


Recitativo: Visita nos Deus

Ritornello: Popule Bellule - Dulcis tenellule

Francesco Maria Benedetti: Salve Regina

Salve Regina

Ferdinando Antonio Lazzari: Canto solo per Natale

Ritornello: Quam lete videntes

Ritornello ut supra: En quomodo nascendi

Aria largo: Dolcissimo purissimo

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto grosso fatto per la notte di natale, Op. 8

I. Vivace - Grave

II. Allegro

III. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio

IV. Vivace

V. Allegro

VI. Pastorale ad libitum - Largo

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