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“Carmelite Vespers 1709” presents a reconstruction of musical performances in Rome in 1709, based on a new critical edition by Italian Handel expert Angela Romagnoli.
In early 18th century-Rome the holiday of Madonna del Carmine was celebrated with a lavish musical pasticcio. Italian Early Music specialist Alessandro de Marchi, his Academia Montis Regalis and an excellent ensemble of solo vocalists present the reconstruction of such a service as it might have been performed in 1709 under the direction of Venetian master Antonio Caldara (1670–1736). The programme combines lesser-known but stunningly beautiful pieces by Caldara himself with famous motets by his predecessor Handel such as “Dixit Dominus” or “Laudate pueri”.
Italian conductor Alessandro De Marchi is one of today's leading specialists in the field of historic performing practice, on both original and modern instruments. His opera repertoire ranges from Monteverdi, Cavalli, Vivaldi and Handel through Keiser, Pergolesi and Hasse to works by Haydn, Mozart and Cimarosa. De Marchi also performs operas by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti on original instruments, and sees these in a historic context between Baroque and Classical opera.
The stunning cast of top-league international Baroque singers includes Roberta Invernizzi, Robin Johannsen, Martin Oro, Markus Brutscher and Antonio Abete.
2 CDs; Running Time approx. 100min
Booklet with Liner notes in English, German and French, Libretto in Latin
Deus in adiutorium meum intende
Haec est regina: Haec est regina virginum
Haec est regina: Virgo Dei genitrix
Laetatus sum: Laetatus sum in his
Laetatus sum: Jerusalem quae aedificatur
Laetatus sum: Illuc enim ascenderunt
Laetatus sum: Rogate quae ad pacem
Laetatus sum: Propter fratres meos
Laetatus sum: Sicut erat in principio
Saeviat tellus: Saeviat tellus inter rigores
Saeviat tellus: Recitativo: Carmelitarum ut confirmat ordinem
Saeviat tellus: O nox dulcis
Saeviat tellus: Stellae fidei
Saeviat tellus: Recitativo: Sub tantae virginis tutela
Saeviat tellus: Alleluia
Te decus virgineum - Allegro
Dixit Dominus: Dixit Domino meo
Dixit Dominus: Virgam virtutis tuae
Dixit Dominus: Tecum principium in die virtutis
Dixit Dominus: Juravit Dominus
Dixit Dominus: Secundum ordinem Melchisedech
Dixit Dominus: Dominus a dextris tuis
Dixit Dominus: De torrente in via
Dixit Dominus: Gloria Patri, et Filio
Salve Regina: Salve Regina
Salve Regina: Ad te clamamus
Salve Regina: Eia ergo, advocata nostra
Salve Regina: O clemens, o pia
Ora pro nobis
19th April 2012
“It's all meticulously planned, but the performances wear that scholarship lightly; the lineup of soloists is a fine one...and Alessandro de Marchi's conducting is sparky and imaginative. For all the speculation involved, admirers of either composer will find the discs very rewarding.”
28th April 2012
“delivered with ebullient energy by Alessandro De Marchi's Academia Montis Regalis.”
The Independent on Sunday
6th May 2012
“Interpolated with plainchant, the psalms dovetail sweetly, the playing is supple, the choir bright, sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Robin Johannsen delicious.”
“This recording epitomises early music at its best: discovered music, recovered insights and above all, excellent musicianship...the star of [Laetatus sum] is Roberta Invernizzi. Her tender passages ravish the ear; her coloratura fires the imagination; her blend with obbligato instruments is perfect; her extemporisations surprise and delight.”
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