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1612 Italian Vespers

Robert Hollingworth Audio CD
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Robert Hollingworth founded I Fagiolini in 1986. Directing this group has taken up much of his time since but he has directed other ensembles at home and abroad, most recently the French choir Accentus, BBC Singers, NDR Chor, the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Concert. In 2004 Robert directed the Nederlands Kamerkoor in a ground-breaking new music-theatre project (Faust) set in ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Hollingworth Store

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  • Orchestra: I Fagiolini
  • Conductor: Robert Hollingworth
  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B007FOV0MG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Viadana: Versicle & Response: "Deus in adiutorium meum" 1:420.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Viadana: Antiphon 1 - "Dum esset rex in accubitu suo" - Psalm 109 - "Dixit Dominus" 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Barbarino: "Exaudi Deus" 4:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Viadana: Antiphon 2 - "Laeva eius sub capite meo" - Psalm 112 "Laudate pueri" 6:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gabrieli: "Benedictus Dominus Deus Sabaoth" 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Viadana: Antiphon 3 - "Nigra sum sed formosa" - Psalm 121: "Laetatus sum" 6:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Viadana: "O dulcissima Maria" 2:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Anonymous: Antiphon 4 - "Iam hiems transiit" - Psalm 126 "Nisi Dominus" 5:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Palestrina: Quae Est Ista 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Anonymous: Antiphon 5 - "Speciosa facta es" - Psalm 147 "Lauda, Ierusamem" 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gabrieli: Toccata del 9. Tono0:570.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Soriano: Capitulum - "Ave, Maris Stella" 9:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Anonymous: Versicle & Response - "Dignare me"0:160.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Anonymous: Magnificat antiphon - "Beatam me dicent" - Magnificat 20.28. "Con il sicut locutus. In ecco" 9:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Monteverdi: "Ab aeterno ordinata sum" 6:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Anonymous: Versicle & Response And Collect Of The Feast 1:310.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gabrieli: Extraliturgical Motet: In ecclesiis 7:210.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

DEC 4783506; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica vocale sacra

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
Firstly I have to declare an interest. This was recorded in St John's, Upper Norwood near Crystal Place in London and not some Italian Cathedral but we are firmly of the High Church, Anglo-Catholic tradition and the bell at the start of the first track is screwed to the wall outside the vestry and rung at the beginning of every mass so absolutely authentic. We have a strong musical tradition and the building seems to impart a certain magic which my choir are lucky enough to experience week by week, but which is gradually being discovered by others making recordings. The recent Florilegium CD of Vivaldi works was recorded here and I Flagiolini's work similarly benefits from a resonance and clarity often lacking in larger cathedrals.

Robert Hollingworth rarely seems to take the easy options and whilst you will find the usual suspects in Gabrieli and Monteverdi, there is also a revelation in Ludovico Viadana. He will be familiar to many church choirs as being the composer of the Missa L'hora Passa but his works here are more than on a par with the aforementioned masters of polyphony. Speaking of Gabrieli, the Magnificat is a reconstruction of a work for seven choirs - 28 parts vocal and instrumental including bells and a cannon!

This is an excellent recording that reveals new dimensions with each hearing. The programme is well chosen and has a variety of musical textures (plainsong, chamber organ, instrumental and choral works) to transport you back in time. Hollingworth avoids the temptation to simply create endless walls of vocal sound (initially impressive but tiring after a while) by creating each choir as a mixture of vocalists and instruments and also by varying the composition of the instrumental groups. It's a great achievement and the microsite -[...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking - Hollingworth does it again! 10 Jun 2012
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Last year, Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini caused a sensation with their recording of Striggio's 40 part motet and mass, which not only appeared in the general best seller charts, but also won a number of international awards. Now he follows it with more large scale 17th century works, unfamiliar to me and,I suspect, many others. Once again we experience the full " wall of sound" in a stunning recording, including some previously unrecorded works. Everyone I have played this to, from professional church musicians to my heavy-metal-loving son, has been blown away, and very moved, by this. If you are hesitating about trying something unfamiliar, don't! Give it a try; you'll love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars overwhelmed 10 Dec 2012
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Coming after the wonderful Striggio 40 part mass, expectations were high. The Italian Vespers did not disappoint. Ranging from sheer beauty to noisy battle scenes one was immersed in a range of emotions. Had the opportunity to enjoy snippets of this CD programme at the 2012 Proms and I Fagiolini continue to push the boundaries in well researched historical performance - as well as cutting edge new productions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting beautiful music in context 27 Jan 2013
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This is a delightful recording to listen to. It's good to hear the chants that precede the main items, putting the works in context. i Fagiolini have a knack of making this repertoire sound not only serene, but fresh and engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous rennaissance music 10 Jun 2012
By Simon
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Whether you just want to lie back and bathe in the gorgeous sound - after all the English are supposed to like the sound music makes! - or you want to thrill at the intricacy and sheer genius of the multi-part writing, or enjoy the great crafstmanship of all the singers and musicians, this is a must-have recording. The last I Fagiolini disk was stunning, and justly won a Gramophone award. This is so much better - in this Jubilee year, Robert Hollingworth deserves a knighthood for services to this wonderful music. Buy now, all ye people, and enjoy every minute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight 29 Jun 2012
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As in most of my reviews, I urge you to take the time to listen, to appreciate and to bathe in the enjoyment of a fine recording. The effort engaged in producing such a wonderful recording really has to be marvelled at. This, again, is not for supermarket trolley pushers, but for people who are prepared to make the effort to involve themselves in not just how, but why a recording was made. Read the notes, check out the website, listen to your new CD, and then make the arrangements to go to a concert and live the music. This recording was provided by and can be found on their website at the right price.
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