Leonardo Leo (1694 — 1744): Cello concertos (Anner Bylsma)

Although he’s now remembered as a composer of operas and theatrical accompaniments Leonardo Leo also composed religious music (I wrote about his Salve Regina back in March) he was very influential in his day numbering Piccinni, Cafaro and Jommelli amongst his pupils. His problem was that although he was a talented, versatile, and innovative composer…

Leonardo Leo (1694 – 1744): Salve Regina in C minor

Leonardo Leo was more a composer of opera than of sacred music he had a distinguished career in Naples and was quite influential numbering Piccinni, Cafaro and Jommelli amongst his pupils. His sacred music makes good use of counterpoint can be quite operatic as you can hear in this live recording of his Salve Regina…

Jerusalem convertere (Jommelli) – Véronique Gens & Gérard Lesne

"Jerusalem convertere" from "Le Lamentazioni del profeta Geremia per il Mercoledi Santo" for soprano, alto, and orchestra (written in Rome c. 1751) by Niccolò Jommelli (1714–1774) Performed here by: Véronique Gens & Gérard Lesne Il Seminario musicale / Christophe Rousset, director Jommelli wrote three different settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah: – Incipit lamentio Jeremiae…

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,…

Alessandro Grandi 1630 Vespers: Lecture and musical examples, Jeffrey Kurtzman (Voices of Music)

Jeffrey Kurtzman’s full lecture, complete with HD video musical examples, from the Voices of Music Venetian Vespers concert, December, 2013. Jeffrey Kurtzman earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research, supported by fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, ACLS, DAAD, Rice University, Washington University, the University of…