Vivaldi – Lauda Jerusalem – Alessandrini

I wrote about this setting of Psalm 147 as part of my series of postings dealing with Vivaldi’s religious music. Here’s my description from that posting: This single-movement sett­ing of the Lauda, Jerusalem (RV609) dates from some­time dur­ing the 1720s. Vival­di set it for two choirs each of which had a sop­rano sol­o­ist, four parts,…

Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): Herren, vår Gud

This is one of the only two Swedish texted works by Buxtehude to have survived (I wrote about the other one at the start of September, see Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): Att du Jesu vill mig höra | Saturday Chorale – mfi). The text of Herren, vår Gud (The Lord Our God) is a poetic paraphrasis…

John Blow (1649-1708): Let thy hand be strengthened

James II and his Queen Mary of Modena were crowned in Westminster Abbey on 23 April 1685, St George’s Day. Blow’s four-part (SATB) setting of the coronation anthem Let thy hand be strengthened would have been sung by the scholars of Westminster School to greet the arrival of the Queen after the Vivats. It’s sung…

Orlande de Lassus (±1530-1594): Osculetur me

De Lassus used this motet which takes its text from the Song of Songs as the basis for his Mass of the same name. It’s an eight-part setting for double choir (SATB SATB) first published in 1582 in Fasciculi aliquot sacrarum it’s characterise by long phrasing offset by contrapuntal writing and contrasting sonority between the…

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736): — Septem verba a Christo in Cruce — Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

Is this really by Pergolesi? Musicologists have argued the question for for more than a century. There’s no conclusive evidence that it’s by him, yes there are monastic manuscripts dating from nearly a quarter century after his death attributing the Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata  (The Seven Words of the Dying Christ…

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Missa Sancta Maria à 4 Voci da Capella (Mass of Thanksgiving) – Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ, Live performance

Monteverdi’s ‘Mass of Thanksgiving’ or Solemn Mass for the Feast of Sancta Maria della Salute to give it its formal title was specially composed for performance on 21 November 1631 during the ceremonial Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Mark’s Basilica held to give thanks for Venice’s delivery from the ravages of the…

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736): Stabat Mater

Caldara by no means confined his compositional efforts to sacred vocal works but it is those works by which he is best known today. His Missa Dolorosa, Stabat Mater, Passione and Magnificat are all works that repay investigation. Whenever I think of him I cannot help but feel that despite the fact that he was…